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  • Reading to Develop a Moral Imagination It’s a rare parent who doesn’t believe that reading is crucial for their children’s success, and widespread data support those views. Students who are good readers are more likely to do well in school, obtain higher grades, and pass exams than are those with weaker abilities. Those achievement gains can add up to big advantages to help teens get ...
  • Student Financial Literacy with Junior Achievement is Growing The ability of some schools to promote student financial literacy with Junior Achievement is growing.  Junior Achievement is an organization that encourages young people to develop their entreprenuereal,  financial, and business skills, often through involvement in schools. In Quincy, Illinois, the impact of Junior Achievement is highly visible to Denise Drebes, district manager for Junior Achievement ...
  • Combining Sports and Math in Summer Camp Combining sports and math in summer camp is one way to get students to learn math and use it while encouraging physical activity and enjoying recreation. 12 year old Hayden Benreni said that struggles with math during the school year are “kind of scary.” “At the end of the year, especially because you’re like ‘I’m going to ...
  • Hands on Experience With Building Robots Teaches STEM Skills Students are discovering that hands on experience with building robots teaches STEM skills. At Springfield STEM Academy summer learning camps, students are using the robots and their imaginations to learn more about computer science, programming, and engineering. Students aged 13 to 24 have been learning about 3D printers, laser engravers, electrical circuit tools, and other high ...
  • Is Classroom Stress Contagious? Is classroom stress contagious?  Researchers have discovered that yes, stress is contagious, and when teacher feel burned out, their students have elevated stress levels. Canadian researchers discovered that when teachers in 4th to 7th grade said they felt "burned out," students also had increased stress. A leading reason for teachers to leave the profession according to the ...
  • A Later Start to the School Day School districts are increasingly finding that the justification for a later start to the school day is becoming more obvious and important.  Recently, the American Medical Association joined with the American Academy of Pediatrics in recommending that middle and high schools not start before 8:30 am. These groups say that chronic sleep deprivation in teens can ...
  • Mentoring Teen Girls in STEM Fields One aim of a summer came in Vermont is to be mentoring teen girls in STEM fields, where women are traditionally underrepresented. For the second year, Vermont Technical College is hosting Rosie's Girls, a camp that introduces teen girls to science and technology and mentors them.  32 girls in ninth and tenth grades get the opportunity ...
  • Combining Art With Learning Combining art with learning is one way that some teachers are stimulating both brain hemispheres in their students' brains.  The Arts Integration Institute in Wake County is facilitating workshops for teachers through the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. At times, children either do not have sufficient exposure to the arts, or cannot engage in ...
  • Closing the Racial Gap Between Students and Teachers Syracuse schools are taking actions that they hope will result in closing the racial gap between students and teachers. In the Syracuse City School District, 76 percent of the students will have very little chance of having a teacher who is not white or shares their skin color. 90 percent of the teachers are white, and the ...
  • Boys are Held Back in School Due to Behavior More Than Girls A new study shows that boys are held back in school due to behavior more than girls. "When I compared 4- and 5-year-old boys and girls who had the same levels of behavior problems -- including difficulty sustaining attention, regulating emotions, delaying gratification, and forming positive relationships with teachers and peers -- I found that boys ...
  • Preschoolers are Learning Robotics and Programming Preschoolers are learning robotics and programming through use of a tablet sized robot that they can direct to go in different directions on a make believe trip from a house to the beach, and then to a restaurant for lunch. At All About Kids Preschool, kids are working with the robot, named KIBO. They listened attentively ...
  • Students Hosted Their Own Olympics The games in Rio de Janeiro are not starting till August, but some students hosted their own Olympics as part of their summer program. The Clark County Migrant Education Summer Program held their opening ceremony, in keeping with the theme of the summer program.  During the last two weeks, the students in second through fourth grade ...
  • Science Education for Public Understanding A new curriculum for giving science real world meaning, the Science Education for Public Understanding Program is enabling students to tackle lessons by designing strategies to experiment, test ideas, and solve problems. At Concord Junior High School, "issue oriented" lessons are a routine occurrence. In an age when students can find information at their fingertips through ...
  • History Comes Alive at Youth Camp Kids found that history comes alive at youth camp, as they developed strategies to survive the Great Chicago Fire, the Battle of Gettysburg, and the sinking of the Titanic. The camp at Hastings Museum was based on the Scholastic "I Survived" books that have young characters narrate stories of historical disasters and how they survived them. “I’ve ...
  • Video Awards for Elementary Students Video awards for elementary students celebrated the first year of television production by kids in the Plymouth school district. The ELLY awards honored the students who completed the first year of EDTV Kids with paparazzi and the full red carpet treatment. EDTV is recognized as one of the best public school broadcast news programs in the ...
  • Kids Correspond with Famous Author After viewing the movie "October Sky" and obtaining information for lessons from the official website, a teacher thought it would be a good idea to have kids correspond with famous author Homer Hickam. Seventh grade teacher Tiffany Musil has shown the movie "October Sky" for nine years to her students relying on author Homer Hickam's website ...
  • Students Experience Native American Living History of the 1500s At a stem summer camp, the curriculum includes an opportunity to have students experience Native American living history of the 1500s. Fifty students from the Burroughs Wellcome Sensational Stem Summer Camp traveled back in time hundreds of years by visiting the Catawba Meadows Interpretive Center at Catawba Meadows Park. The purpose was to experience how Native ...
  • Learning Math Through Music Thanks to some innovative violinists from New York City's The Juilliard School, students are learning math through music. The class is organized by The Heartbeat Project, initiated by Ariel Horowitz and Leerone Hakimi, 19 year old violin majors at Juilliard.  "Our main goal is to provide arts education for this community and to combine that with ...
  • Salaries for Tech School Instructors Tied to the Market Value of Their Skills Administrators of career and technical schools are welcoming increases in budget, making it possible to have salaries for tech school instructors tied to the market value of their skills. In South Dakota, there is now enough money for technical schools to entice instructors from jobs in private industry.  Instructor salaries have been raised to market value, ...
  • Students in Credit Recovery Online Classes Need In-School Support Students in credit recovery online classes need in-school support, and a report from an education research group affirms the truth of that observation. Education Northwest discovered that schools with higher passing rates offer more structure and support in school for students in credit recovery. Data from 2013-2014 showed a wide variance in passing rates from school ...
  • Math is Fun With Teacher-Created Videos Changing the mindset of students is one reason a teacher set out to let them know that math is fun with teacher-created videos. Matthew Beyranevand is working to change the student mindset that math is a hateful difficult subject and show that it is an important subject that can be fun. "We need to shift from an acceptance ...
  • Summer Enrichment for ESL Students Summer enrichment for ESL students is becoming more of a boost for schools struggling to meet the needs of new learners and give them a boost in getting comfortable with their new language. In Lafayette, Louisiana, a dozen kindergartners were recently smelling a sliced onion and making faces in disgust. “How does that SMELL?” asked Beth Thomas, ...
  • High School Film Academy Students Learn All Aspects of Film Making This summer a group of high school film academy students learn all aspects of film making, and will showcase their work at an annual student film festival. Students from East Aurora High School will learn about making films.  The high school houses the Aurora Film Academy. All aspects of film making are covered, including creative writing, drama and film ...
  • More Students With Developmental Disabilities are Medicated An analysis of studies shows that more students with developmental disabilities are medicated than ever before, and many are being prescribed antipsychotics. Nearly one tenth of all young people given antipsychotic drugs has been diagnosed with a developmental disability, according to the findings of the research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and ...
  • Receiving a High School Diploma and Associates Degree Together Thanks to a new technical program, some BOCES students will be receiving a high school diploma and and Associates degree together. Instead of attending Central Valley Academy, Brooke Newtown decided to enroll in the first year of Valley P-TECH, or VP-TECH for short. This is a special program at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES, which allows students to receive both a ...
  • Bowling Teams Pair Students With and Without Disabilities Having bowling teams pair students with and without disabilities is a great way to bring students together. Brandi Benson has discovered that bringing students together and encouraging them to try new things is a great way to show them how to meet new people. She is a journalism teacher, a fan of Lincoln Southwest High School, ...
  • Teachers are Learning to Listen Teachers are learning to listen at a professional development session, as they train to develop responsive classrooms. One key characteristic of responsive classrooms is the ability to intervene early to diffuse problem behavior. The core idea is to create classrooms where the needs of the whole child are met. “It’s a teacher’s approach on how we can ...
  • Summit on Mexican American Studies A summit on Mexican American studies has attracted the largest group of educators and scholars ever assembled for a statewide meeting on how to implement the studies in Texas public schools. The Summit on Implementing Mexican American Studies in Texas Schools was a landmark in the continuing struggle to offer courses related to Mexican heritage and language, ...
  • Rate of Special Ed Students Graduating is Increasing The rate of special ed students graduating is increasing, and new intervention strategies are being credited with the success. In the Coos Bay School District,  special programs director Lisa DeSalvio believes that  the changes that were implemented are responsible for the improvement in the data she has been tracking in the district for 11 years. “The good news ...
  • Good Government Day Shows How City Hall Works Students found that Good Government Day shows how City Hall works, and they got a great inside view of how their local bureaucracy actually operates. In Taunton Massachusetts, Mayor Thomas Hoye was busy answering questions from students at Taunton High School and enjoying the activity. 33 juniors and seniors signed up this year.  Several years ago, 40 ...

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