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  • A Safe Place for At Risk Students As a resource for a safe place for at risk students, the IMPACT program is having a positive impact at one community high school The program is an innovation at Washington Community High School for students identified as academically struggling, truant, or having behavior issues. “We’re providing a safe place for these students,” said IMPACT founder and ...
  • Principal Creating a Culture of Trust A new school year has given an opportunity to a new principal creating a culture of trust in a high school which needed improvement in the general atmosphere of the school. Ashley High School has had a few years of below average North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions surveys and accreditation reports. New principal Patrick McCarty is ...
  • Gifted Academy Is A School Experience Like No Other A group of lucky students this year is discovering that the Gifted Academy is a school experience like no other. 300 students will attend the Gifted Academy, a new venture of Columbus City Schools. 10 year old Lauren Long started her first day of school with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. “I was kind of wary ...
  • Mastering Classroom Management Many teachers assume that “classroom management” means trying to control student behavior through rules and enforcing consequences. But my experience is that truly effective classroom management techniques prevent discipline problems before they occur by creating a classroom that is engaging and comfortable. It’s really more about the teacher’s behavior than the students’ behavior! In my new ...
  • Charter Schools Focus on Language Immersion They can focus on many academic areas, but when charter schools focus on language immersion, they fill a unique need for many districts. World Compass Academy is a charter school in Douglas County Colorado, which is bringing language immersion to Castle Rock. It is a K-5 school, and one of two language centered charter schools to ...
  • New App Helps Kids Learn and Earn Rewards For parents who want to encourage their children to use c, a  new app helps kids learn and earn rewards. The Learn and Earn app, made by Hiperware is currently under review by Apple. According to developer Amey Laud, it encourages kids in grades 1-4 to practice math skills. Parents can link it to an Amazon account, select ...
  • Brain Process for ASL is the Same as For Spoken Language Researchers have proven that American Sign Language is a language, as the brain process for ASL is the same as for spoken language. Deaf people process American Sign Language and simple gestures in the part of the brain that also processes spoken language, according to an international research group headed by a Dalhousie University neuroscientist. The researchers were ...
  • Speaking and Listening Skills Get a Boost Speaking and listening skills get a boost every summer at Brain Camp. The program is a summer camp for students who need extra help to develop speech and listening skills, and it's a popular way to get kids who are reluctant to speak enthused about going back to school. In Bend, Oregon, Elk Meadow Elementary School ...
  • Teaching Refugee Children Teaching refugee children is a new challenge for some elementary school teachers, who are already experienced with teaching children who come from other countries.  Refugee children need special attention due to gaps in their education and their experiences. At Washington Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas, Marcela Richardson teaches a "newcomers" class of children new to the ...
  • Students and Employees Believe Success is Linked to High Income A recent survey shows that both students and employees believe success is linked to high income and believe they will need to earn more than current workers to be considered successful. CareerBuilder conducted the national online survey of over 200 high school seniors and 3,000 full time workers in various industries and companies across the USA. 25 ...
  • More Collaboration Between Special and General Ed Teachers Special education programs are changing to allow for more collaboration between special and general ed teachers. In Roanoke City Public schools, teachers in special education classes will spend more time teaming with core subject instructors.  This is part of the district plan to increase the overall results for student test scores. Rather than have monthly meetings with ...
  • Teachers Go Back in Time to Share History A special summer program of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) makes it possible to have teachers go back in time to share history of local and national events and experiences. Residential workshop programs as well as full summer studies funded by the NEH enable teachers and professors to study texts, visit library collections, museums, and ...
  • Dads are Important For Families Affected by Autism Dads are important for for families affected by autism, especially when they take an active role in caregiving with young children. For one thing, having an involved dad boosts a mother's mental health as it eases stress. In a study published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, researchers reported that there is a link between ...
  • Teachers Bring American Ideas to Chinese Students This summer an exchange sister school relationship made it possible to have teachers bring American ideas to Chinese students. They taught core subjects, but also showed Chinese students American style learning experiences, such as research opportunities, hands on learning, and a mock homecoming week and prom. Teachers from Lakeview High School in Battle Creek participated in the summer ...
  • The Million Father March Students are getting an extra boost from their dads this year, as schools are participating in the Million Father March, a national program which encourages fathers to get more involved in children's school life and bring their kids on the first day. "My dad wasn't there when I was growing up, and I was led astray ...
  • Teacher Collaboration Has Big Rewards Teachers and students are finding that teacher collaboration has big rewards at Tennessee's five Reward Schools. Brightly covered sticky notes cover the wall in the instructional coach's office at East Elementary School. Students names are written on each note.  Each color stands for their TCAP score. As they take assessments throughout the year, sticky notes move up ...
  • Getting Ready for School With a Head Start on Literacy Camp was fun, but students were focused on getting ready for school with a head start on literacy. More than 40 elementary school students spent two weeks at the Hortonville Area school District's literacy camp, enjoying bear hunt games, books, and stories. According to Andrew Mulloy, the district's summer school coordinator and a fourth grade teacher, ...
  • Ancient Math Texts Inspire New Ways to Teach A $1.5 million federal grant is pioneering a new approach to learning, as ancient math texts inspire new ways to teach. Some of the classic texts that are the oldest written are the basis for the way Central Washington University math professor Dominic Klyve is developing a novel method of teaching math. He has been awarded ...
  • New Standards Encourage a Deeper Understanding of Math In some states, proposed new standards encourage a deeper understanding of math, rather than stressing more concepts. According to Matt Larson, math curriculum specialist for Lincoln Public schools in Nebraska, critics have claimed for decades that the national math curriculum is "a mile wide and an inch deep."  Newly proposed standards promote a deeper understanding reducing ...
  • Career Training Needs Adequate Funding Education leaders and community business people agree that career training needs adequate funding. In Louisiana, officials of education and business development agencies called on the legislature and future governor to fund career training adequately, from engineers with college degrees to welders, electricians, and aviation mechanics. “We need to make sure the people who live here are able ...
  • Changing Language Changes Attitudes In the hope that changing languages changes attitudes, schools have adopted new terms to refer to students with disabilities. Here are some examples: People with disabilities, instead of handicapped or disabled. Cognitive disability instead of mentally retarded. Mental health condition instead of mentally ill. Brain injury instead of brain damage A generation ago, terms such as mentally retarded were commonly ...
  • STEM Program Transforms Middle School Students and teachers have discovered after one year how a STEM program transforms middle school into an exciting learning venture that partners with surrounding industries. According to Jason Holt, principal of Jackson Middle School in Jackson, South Carolina, STEM has transformed his school to a place where parents and the community are involved and students want ...
  • Kids Know the Law Law enforcement officials are dedicating their efforts this year to making sure that kids know the law. In Manatee County schools, most seventh graders and some ninth graders will learn to understand their legal rights and the consequences for teens of violating laws. "It's similar lessons to the DARE classes, but that was over a period of ...
  • Teachers Find Themselves at Home in Their Sister City Traveling to a foreign country can often bring new experiences, but teachers find themselves at home in their Sister City when many of the activities and pastimes are the same. Teachers from Kearney, Nebraska discovered that floating down a river in Dourados, Brazil, is very similar to the whitewater rafting they enjoy at home. High school ...
  • A Lack of Confidence Among Parents in Local Middle Schools A lack of confidence among parents in local middle schools is resulting in declining enrollment as parents look to private schools, and magnet and charter schools. The declining confidence and misgivings concern both academic offerings and social issues. In St Paul Minnesota, only 81 percent of the fifth graders remained in the district for sixth grade. Consultant Hazel ...
  • The Bigger the Vocabulary the Better Prepared for Kindergarten A new study of toddlers has found that the bigger the vocabulary, the better prepared for kindergarten the children are likely to be in a few years. Results showed that two year olds who say more phrases tend to have fewer behavioral problems and better language and math skills when they are ready to enter kindergarten. “Certain ...
  • Students Create a Bistro On Campus The need for developing culinary skills in high school was addressed in one school by having students create a bistro on campus. Planning the bistro was a lesson that Chef Kathleen Roussel was eager to teach her students, who designed the Bistro Urbano at Clear Creek High School The program covers all aspects of culinary arts, including ...
  • Teens Catch Each Other’s Good Moods Here's some good news - teens catch each other's good moods, with the resulting effect that depression may be abated or at least not spread so quickly. In a study of over 2,000 American high school students researchers found that positive moods spread through teen groups, but depression does not spread nor increase the risk of ...
  • Junior Achievement and the Future of Global Trade International trading relationships can be difficult to understand, but that hasn't discouraged 36 high school students who are learning about Junior Achievement and the future of global trade. The students from Connecticut and Shanghai gathered  in Connecticut to hear presentations about business and learn about how business is conducted in the USA. Trade education is becoming increasingly ...
  • Teachers Tour Student Neighborhoods to Give School Supplies One way to have teachers and students get off to a good start and ensure that kids start the school year right is to have teachers tour student neighborhoods to give school supplies. Behind Hudson Elementary, teachers viewed the neighborhood from inside the school bus.  "This place is a nice contrast," said fifth grade teacher Marissa ...

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