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  • Gateway to Success for Struggling Students A gateway to success for struggling students is being opened by a new program, Gateway to Success Academy in the Savannah-Chatham school district. 30 fifth grade students who were held back for two years or more from the district's poorest performing elementary schools were entered in the new acceleration program to master basic math and vocabulary skills. ...
  • Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremonies Are On the Decline As few students stop formal education in eighth grade anymore, eighth grade promotion ceremonies are on the decline.  They used to be a very important milestone, back in the days before there was mandatory school attendance for those under age 16.  However, with many schools housing middle school classes and high school in the same ...
  • Soft Skills for Academic and Career Success Part 2: Forge Strong Relationships Soft Skills for Academic and Career Success Part 2: Forge Strong Relationships is the second article in a three-part series targeting high school and college students and providing insight into key skills needed for academic and career success. Soft skills are presented within a framework of Readiness, Relationships, and Results in this article series. Relationships are very important ...
  • Student Newspapers May Become Free of Prior Restraint Thanks to a proposed law that has been re-introduced, student newspapers may become free of prior restraint from school districts and public universities. In New Jersey, the legislation has the support of Hunterdon Central Regional High School. Teacher Tom McHale, who resigned as adviser of the award winning school newspaper several years ago to amend the ...
  • Bilingual Education Aids Instruction of English Language Learners Bilingual education aids instruction of English language learners, and is becoming a new approach to educating students who arrive at school speaking little or no English. A new piece of legislation in Massachusetts  could significantly change the approach that many schools currently have toward students for whom English is a second language. “As a whole, we wanted ...
  • School District Will Fund Teacher Mentor Training A school district will fund teacher mentor training and provide stipends for undergraduates majoring in elementary education who will complete a clinical residency program without grant support. Monroe City Schools in Louisiana is using its own money to fund the mentorships, and is the first district in the state to do so.  They have begun to ...
  • Learning Together at a Summer Math Academy Students and teachers are learning together at a summer math academy, and the results are that both are gaining skills and experience while having a lot of fun. At Ponderosa Middle School, rising sixth through eighth graders joined with teachers in solving hands on problems such as solving perimeter and completing problems as part of a scavenger hunt. Klamath ...
  • Diversity Among Teachers To encourage diversity among teachers, the Tennessee State Board of Education is seeking to boost recruitment of a diverse workforce and encourage statewide efforts to target teaching candidates of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. The timeline for the state board is an October presentation of how to ensure that teacher education programs graduate educators who are sufficiently ...
  • Soft Skills for Academic and Career Success Part 1: Make Ready Academic and career success require soft skills as well as “book-smarts.” I define soft skills as “a collection of abilities, behaviors, and attitudes that increase your effectiveness.” Successful students demonstrate soft skills such as commitment, effective communication, problem solving, accountability, and time management. Employers also place a high value on soft skills. For example, Washington State Human Resources Council’s recent ...
  • Summer Reading Assignments Summer reading assignments are a staple of elementary and middle schools, and a requirement for many high school students. But the reading is often far from easy, yet students enjoy the extra assignment and opportunity to read new books without the pressure of school as well. In Westmoreland County, Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" was on the list ...
  • Students Work with Researchers Solving Water Problems Utah's water management issues are getting special attention this summer as students work with  researchers solving water problems. The students are joining with teachers and researchers to learn more about water issues through iUTAH, funded by the National Science Foundation. At Juan Diego Catholic High School, Jose Galang was connecting a tube to a bell pepper. It ...
  • Success of Students with Disabilities Depends on Principals A school district is looking for ways to improve their special education system and is saying that success of students with disabilities depends on principals. In Washoe County, principals will be held accountable for how children with disabilities are educated and the results of that education.  Following several years of low graduation rates and poorly performing ...
  • Successful Student Mock Election The nation is preparing for the 2016 presidential elections, and a group of six high school students are planning a schoolwide successful student mock election. Six Pelham High school students joined their teacher, April Cullom, to learn how to create a successful schoolwide election. They joined Cullom at American Village in Montevallo, Alabama, for a one day ...
  • Project Unify Meets at the Track The special combination of exceptional students and their general education friends on sports teams is taking off when Project Unify meets at the track to start training for running and track events. Project Unify started as an effort to get special education students involved in sports.  In elementary school, students of varying abilities are teamed together, ...
  • Move to Middle School is Easier When it Starts with Summer Camp Incoming sixth grade students are discovering that the move to middle school is easier when it starts with summer camp. Students from Central Middle School and Madison Middle School had the opportunity to smooth their middle school transition from elementary school by enrolling in a summer camp, sponsored by Bartlesville Education Promise. The weeklong camp is ...
  • How Chromebooks and iPads help student achievement Student achievement accelerates when students use technology like Chromebooks and iPads for their school work. Both types of computers ave their advantages and students have various needs for using each. Chromebooks for example are budget friendly and have plenty of power to get things done. A study in the prestigious Reading Teacher Journal showed how iPads build student ...
  • School Meal Programs Find Hungry Parents Raising Hungry Children Schools are feeding children this summer, and school meal programs find hungry parents raising the hungry children who come to them each day. In New Haven, Connecticut, the school district and a food bank are responding to signs of household need by offering meals and groceries to parents. "The district kept coming up against this issue," said ...
  • Firing Up Young Imaginations With LaPREP Programs Students in Shreveport who are interested in math, science, and engineering are firing up young imaginations with LaPREP programs at Louisiana State University. The program is a free summer enrichment program where students participate in various hands on activities, such as launching rockets, performing labs, and field trips to interesting locations.  Now in its 25th year, LaPREP ...
  • Crash My Classroom With New Technology A school district invited teachers to submit proposals to "Crash My Classroom" with new technology, and the winner was thrilled as she saw her winnings worth $25,000. At Farmington Elementary in Germantown Tennessee, Joy Lustig slashed through paper over the classroom door and entered the newly designed classroom as if she were a winner on a ...
  • How Tests are Used Makes a Difference for Students Teachers at one elementary school in Michigan have discovered that how tests are used makes a difference for students, and for the understanding and measurement of what students understand and know. At Holmes Elementary School in Ypsilanti, Michigan, teachers Christine Woodson and Jackie Moray saw a difference in the measurement of how their students understood double ...
  • Adventures of the Sixth Grade Zoo Crew The year long adventures of the sixth grade zoo crew were celebrated with red carpet treatment, as parents and students entered an auditorium to view a film showcasing the work done by classes at Horseheads Intermediate School supporting Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park. The sixth graders spent the past year dedicated personally to the success of the ...
  • Teachers Focus on Primary Sources for Elementary School Classes In professional development this summer, one workshop is having teachers focus on primary sources for elementary school classes. At the Red Rocks Historical Site in Emporia, teachers listened to Darla Mallein, a social sciences professor at Emporia State University, stress the importance of primary sources in any research. She said that there was no better venue ...
  • Utah History Book Published by Kids, For Kids A Utah history book published by kids, for kids has allowed middle school students to discover how much can be accomplished when they try. The book, “Utah: By Kids, For Kids,” is available to the public.  The cost is $20-$25, and the book is available directly from the school. Featuring over 100 essays and 200 color illustrations ...
  • Writing Inspiration is in the Details A group of high school students are finding that writing inspiration is in the details this summer, as they participate in the first Words With Wings summer writing camp, sponsored by the Missoula Writing Collaborative. On a recent afternoon, three high school students and their teacher were wandering about the University of Montana campus, seeming to ...
  • Digital Portfolios are Created by Eighth Graders A new initiative to highlight the connection between future careers and classwork has been launched, where digital portfolios are created by eighth graders and students will be focused on their goals. Thanks to a $14,000 Success Plus grant from the nonprofit Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation, a program will start launching a digital portfolio initiative at ...
  • Reading Camps Help Kids Read to Succeed This summer, throughout South Carolina, reading camps help kids read to succeed as part of South Carolina's 2014 Read to Succeed legislation. In York County, South Carolina, over 250 children are attending summer camps which helpo them to read.  They are mostly in the third grade, and were invited to attend since their tests showed they ...
  • Student Teams Working With Local Business Problem Solvers Student teams working with local business problem solvers had an opportunity to present solutions to local problems as part of a program called Challenge 4 the Future. The problems they addressed ranged from finding ways to make the St. Clair County Community College Fieldhouse more attractive to young people, to getting out the vote in Marine ...
  • Discards Form a Coral Reef Instead of a Landfill Students are finding that their idea to have empty canister discards form a coral reef instead of a landfill is actually coming to life with the help of some local engineers. A manufacturing plant in Chardon wanted to know how to repurpose blue canisters that were destined for a landfill.  A group of sixth graders won ...
  • Chromebooks are Becoming a Regular Part of the School Budget When computers were first introduced to classrooms having  one for each student seemed out of reach.  Today, Chromebooks are becoming a regular part of the school budget “Digital skills are so important for students to be able to compete in a world market,” said Ed Brzinski, superintendent of the Waterford Graded School District. He also said ...
  • Using Design and Engineering In an English Class Using design and engineering in an English class may seem to be an unusual way to teach, but it is part of design thinking, which combines books, interventions, and brainstorming. At Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, there is a 3-D printer, a giant Lego box, and a full cart of electronics in Dan Ryder's classroom. ...

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