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  • Life at The Governor’s School Middle school students had an opportunity to experience life at the Governor's School for Science and Technology in Roanoke, Virginia. For three weeks, middle school students froze marshmallows with liquid nitrogen, exploded balloons filled with hydrogen, and spattered fake blood. Chemistry teacher Mark Frazier worked with the seventh graders at the camp. “A lot of this stuff ...
  • Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!  Enjoy this summer holiday with fun, food, and safe fireworks displays. Here is an infographic from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission which can help you enjoy the day while knowing the facts about Fourth of July safety. Related article
  • Ending the Summer Slide Across the country there is an increased emphasis in school districts on ending the summer slide. The downtown Davenport Iowa YMCA was barely empty when the new tenants moved in - the summer program for the Davenport Community School District. "When they moved out, we moved right in," said Shaney Ford, out-of-school time programs specialist for ...
  • Bilingual Teachers to Work with Disabled Students Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, a university will prepare bilingual teachers to work with disabled students. The $1.25 million grant was awarded to Portland State University to train teachers to work with students with autism and profound disabilities who come from homes where English is a second language.. The grant was won ...
  • Turning Recyclables into Art Middle school students are learning and teaching an important lesson by turning recyclables into art. At Veterans Memorial Middle School, students are using beach recyclables such as plastic bottles to build sculptures. The art shows how littering adds up on beaches. The large scale sculptures are of pieces of furniture and other items, looking realistic, but ...
  • Summer School Students Showing Off An end of the summer showcase has allowed summer school students showing off their work to share what they have learned with family and friends. Coolidge Unified School District took pride in allowing the community and family and friends to see the students' work. There were small exhibits of math and science, and a lot of ...
  • Students Learn Local History with Detective Work Having students learn history with detective work is just one way that a summer school is engaging students in long term project-based learning. Probing the early history of downtown Arkansas City, Kansas, proved to be a project that 50 middle school students enjoyed for a four week summer program.  They researched 19 buildings by looking through ...
  • Why Students Should Connect with their Professors If you want to know why students should connect with  their professors think of this sad image:  There she is sitting in her office surrounded by books and maybe a wilting plant. The Lonely Professor.  Piles of papers on her desk and no one comes to see her. She has her lonely apple for lunch.  ...
  • Clubs Help Prevent Summer Slide With STEM Activities As part of a new redesign of its summer programs, the Boys and Girls Clubs help prevent summer slide with STEM activities.  Summer slide is the phenomenon also known as summer brain drain, in which students lose ground over the summer in academics. Some of the STEM activities the kids participated in are just plain summer ...
  • Music and Math A new study suggests that the connection between music and math occurs for various reasons. Many of them may not be what most musicians or mathematicians expect.  The connection is not completely obvious. Musicians and scientists have long explored the connection between musical talent and other areas of a person's life, such as the ability to ...
  • Learning the History and Culture of Art A summer camp offered by an artist helped young students learn the history and culture of art. They also had a lot of fun! Roseville artist Maddy Fraioli wanted to share the opportunity to experience art in the summer months with young students. The Roseville School District does offer art classes but some students cannot participate ...
  • Finding Common Core Resources in Spanish is Challenging Teachers in bilingual programs have discovered that finding Common Core resources in Spanish is challenging. At Freedom Elementary School, students in the bilingual program just completed their first year of studying under the Common Core Standards. Second graders in Maria Luisa Rios' second grade class are responding well to different types of instruction. "What we want the ...
  • Clean Water Around the World Helping people have access to clean water around the world was the focus of the WaterThon event held by second graders in Montclair, New Jersey. Students at the Bradford School have been learning for two years about the need for available clean water and the science surrounding it. Some of the knowledge they gained they put ...
  • Book on Hunger Illustrated by Students Cutler students illustrate book on hunger Children at the Cutler School in Hamilton learned first-hand about hunger and poverty on Thursday, June 11, thanks to a new picture book their classmates helped create. Students of Gretchen Ahearn, a third grade teacher, and Jean Bailey, art teacher for the Cutler, illustrated a new book titled “Mom, I’m Hungry” ...
  • Kids Create a Walking Tour with Videos and QR Codes A class project to have kids create a walking tour with videos and QR codes is a win-win for teachers and students. The fifth graders enjoyed time outside the classroom as well as learning important lessons in history, teamwork, and technology. The students from Greenport Elementary School in Long Island, New York created videos about local ...
  • Focusing on Foreign Language Proficiency Schools are focusing on foreign language proficiency so that students will gain practical knowledge of a foreign language as well as the technicalities of grammar and vocabulary. In Williamson County Tennessee, the district will offer foreign language classes earlier, and provide professional development to teachers. They also will adopt testing that provides better measurement of language ...
  • Summer Learning with the Arts A new type of enrichment involving summer learning with the arts is disguising lessons in fun activities. In Colorado Springs School District 11, regular summer school has been replaced by Summer Enrichment, where learning is fun. "It's all about engagement and choices," said Tom Fleecs, fine arts facilitator for D-11's Summer Enrichment series. "The program is meant ...
  • Mental Healthcare for Children is in Crisis According to researchers at the Child Mind Institute, mental healthcare for children is in crisis.  50 percent of all children in the United States have a diagnosable mental illness, but fewer that 8 percent receive treatment in any given year. The gap between the number of children who get help and the number of children who ...
  • Bilingual Grads Earn Their State Seal For the first time, hundreds of bilingual grads earn their state seal proving that they are fluent and literate in two languages as Washington state confers its new Seal of Biliteracy. This is the first time that the honor has been bestowed on students who have a high level of proficiency in English and one other ...
  • STEM Camp is Geared Up For Girls As summer STEM camp is geared up for girls, Jessa Braak thinks the idea of science being only for boys was pretty funny. “I think it’s for everyone. I think everyone should be involved in science because everything’s made of science,” said the seventh grader from  St. John Neumann Academy. 42 adolescent girls attended the first all ...
  • Middle School Renewal is a Team Effort In  the quest for tangible changes that mean real improvement, one school is finding that middle school renewal is a team effort. Westside Middle School is undertaking some physical alterations, but students will experience other changes as well. Grading practices and student-teacher ratio are among the revisions that will be made. The process of introducing changes ...
  • Coding Camps for Girls Only With the lack of women entering computer science fields, many educational institutions are discovering that coding camps for girls only makes a lot of sense. Organizers of camps for tech savvy students are encouraging exposure to coding early for girls by offering uniquely programs that exclude boys. Proponents of the programs say the need is acute. The ...
  • Charter School Students Launch the Boat They Built Students experienced success in a year long after school activity which had Wissahickon Charter School students launch the boat they built.  They launched the boat they built with the Philadephia Water Borne program on the Schuykill river. The boat was designed and built by seven students who used a curriculum that integrated math, science, art, design, ...
  • Transitioning to Middle School Sixth graders are receiving additional help transitioning to middle school during their first year. Much of the help comes in restructuring classes so that the entering sixth graders are taught in areas secluded from the older students. Students entering middle school in the Waco Independent School District will follow restructured sixth grade schedules which will not ...
  • A New Kind of Summer School A new kind of summer school is taking shape, which prepares incoming high school students for success, instead of remediating failure. The Summer College Readiness Academy is operating this year for the first time in the Napa Valley Unified School District.  It is a math program for incoming freshmen at four high schools. “The goal of the ...
  • Link Between Cyberbullying and Depression A fresh look into some past research reveals a definite link between cyberbullying and depression, and verified that nearly a quarter of adolescents encounter cyberbullying in social media. Researchers wrote in JAMA Pediatrics that while a majority of teens use the internet for entertainment and socializing, it provides an environment for repeated harrassment. "Social media use is ...
  • Teaching Fellow Students About Genocide One school has begun combating hate by encouraging student leaders teaching fellow students about genocide. Students at Hoosac Valley Middle & High School hosted two new programs; a "Celebration of Diversity and Difference" lasting a week, and a ninth grade research project called the "Genocide Museum". "We've had some incidents in the school and district that were ...
  • Fewer High School Graduates Majoring in Education There are fewer high school graduates majoring in education, and the number of students who earn master's degrees  in education has declined over the past few years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Education groups have warned that low pay for teachers could result in fewer people choosing to enter the field.  The evidence ...
  • Students Solving Problems for Nissan Students solving problems for Nissan at a unique summer program is an unusual way for high school juniors and seniors to gain experience with engineering tasks in the real world. At Nissan's Smyrna plant, 52 high school students participated in Nissan's 2015 Summer Enrichment Program, now in its fourth year. According to Justin Saia, corporate spokesman ...
  • Beyond High School For Special Needs Students Life beyond high school for special needs students and their parents can be difficult and full of uncertainty. Many high school seniors graduate and go to college, but there are few options for those with some disabilities. There are community programs which provide social activities for disabled adults or help them find a job. But some disabled ...

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