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  • New Approaches to Social Studies Making history class interesting and vital to the future of students as citizens is just one reason two teachers are developing new approaches to social studies. In Egg Harbor Township, NJ, social studies teacher and Atlantic County Teacher of the Year Michael Martirone has partnered with the New Jersey Teacher of the Year Chelsea Collins, a ...
  • Special Education Resident Teaching Program The Special Education Resident Teaching Program prepares teachers for working in classrooms, giving them valuable experience and training. The Grand Forks Public Schools and the University of North Dakota have developed the master's program where students attend class and teach full time for two years.  The benefits of experience, employment at rural schools in North Dakota and ...
  • Kids Selling Cookies For a Cause A desire to help the Ronald McDonald House has middle school kids selling cookies for a cause. In the Central Avenue McDonald's restaurant in Billings, Montana, two Will James Middle School students rolled their cookie cart past people sitting at tables, stopping to ask if they would buy cookies to raise money for the local Ronald ...
  • Internships for Special Education Students Internships for special education students are making a positive difference as students learn who to dress for business, and function in a work environment. 10 students with developmental disabilities are embarking upon internships in Goshen, NY.  The internships last for several hours a week, and include tasks like running errands at the bank and post office, ...
  • Meeting Common Core Standards with Outdoor Activities A group of 80 plus fifth graders from Liberty Intermediate School are meeting Common Core standards with outdoor activities during the annual school three day trip to Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana. Students learned how to survive a winter storm and make corn bread.  Over the three days of activities, more than 20 common core standards ...
  • Removing Gifted Students From Special Education A bill that calls for removing gifted students from special education protections is being considered in the Kansas Legislature. Gifted education advocates fought a similar law last year, citing fears that it would do away with protections gifted students have, along with funding for gifted education. The current legislation being considered, House Bill 2630, would remove ...
  • Viewing Nature Can Help Improve Test Scores A recent study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has found that when students are able to look outside, viewing nature can help improve test scores. The researchers found that when students had a view of green space from the classroom windows, they performed better on tests that require focus than in they had views of ...
  • How Farm to School Programs Help Local Farmers It's a mammoth task, but school districts are an active part of how farm to school programs help local farmers. The amount of produce needed to feed district children represents a challenge and a market potential for increasing local food in school lunches. In Iowa City, the Iowa City Community School District daily serves over 8,000 ...
  • Teachers and Students Learn Together All Night Long Teachers sometimes take extreme measures to help students, and for one school it resulted in an opportunity to have teachers and students learn together all night long. Yes, the teachers pulled an all nighter. 30 students at Eastern Hills Middle School were invited to spend the night learning alongside school teachers and administrators who volunteered to give an ...
  • New Focus on Science Standards for Teachers A new focus on science standards for teachers in one district may have ripple effects across the country. A small group of teachers from Vista Unified School District gathered to design new science lessons that reflect "next generation science standards (NGSS)". This is a major reworking of how science is taught in kindergarten through 12th grades. “Gone ...
  • High School Students Incorporating Geometry Into Construction The practical use of math is becoming obvious to high school students incorporating geometry into construction.  At Glen Rose High School, there is actually a class called Geometry in Construction, dedicated to the practical application of geometry with hammer and nails and measurement. Math teacher Jami Lovelady teaches the class along with welding teacher Randall Bozarth. ...
  • Students Solving the Bee Crisis An innovative learning project has middle school students solving the bee crisis.  The students tend bee hives, and are researching a serious problem for US agriculture - Colony Collapse Disorder. At Connor Middle School, the sight of students working on the roof may seem unusual, but this is where they are tending bee hives, part of ...
  • Reward Based PowerTeaching Has Revolutionized Some Classrooms Reward based PowerTeaching has revolutionized some classrooms by emphasizing student cooperation in middle school. In an eighth grade math class at Southwest Middle School, teacher Kari Abelseth has her students organized into small teams. She gives seemingly cryptic instructions while reaching into two cups and withdrawing a popsicle stick from each. "Person number two," she read from ...
  • Sixth Graders Live the American Revolution Seeds of revolution took hold during an afternoon activity where a historical re-enactment made it possible to have sixth graders live the American Revolution. The colonial kitchen  at the St. Helena Elementary School saw a visit from Lord Dunmore as he met "rebels" Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and George Washington. He then stood at the top of ...
  • Writing Help Is Here! Our learning expert Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET is sharing secrets to improve writing skills in just minutes a day in a complimentary webinar on Feb 9th at 5 pm Pacific time. Register NOW Are your children struggling with writing assignments? If they are, they are not alone. 73% of eighth graders and 12th graders are NOT proficient in ...
  • Student Lockers May Not Be Necessary for New Schools Student lockers may not be necessary for new schools being constructed, as students are carrying iPads and digital devices instead of the heavy textbooks of years before. In Horry County, South Carolina, four new middle schools will not have rows of metal lockers lining the hallways.  100 lockers will be strategically placed for special needs or ...
  • Budding Engineers in Fifth Grade A prosthetic hand was designed by budding engineers in fifth grade.  The engineering project was accomplished with teamwork in Sue Gore's fifth grade class at Liberty Intermediate School in Chesterton, and the help of parents at home. According to Gore, the project was made possible by a science grant from the Duneland Education Foundation.  All science teachers ...
  • Students Want to Change the ELL Label In the interest of not stigmatizing their peers, students want to change the ELL label to reflect that English language learners are multilingual students. At Seven Hills Charter Public Schoool, students filed a petition on the White House website to change the phrase "English language learner" to "multilingual students." The description states “The strengths-based label highlights the fact ...
  • School Libraries are Becoming Technology Rich Literacy Centers Traditional school libraries are becoming technology rich literacy centers. This means that they are still essentially libraries, but with much more technological power. Santa Paula schools are converting their libraries to literacy centers, and the initial center is at Glen City School. "It's bigger," said fourth grader Esmeralda Flores, 9. "There's lots of books, and we've got new ...
  • Teens Diagnosed With Depression Are Missing Follow Up Care A US study has found that many teens diagnosed with depression are missing follow up care, even when medication is prescribed or therapy is recommended. Researchers at New York University found that within three months of diagnosis, over one third of approximately 4,400 teens with depression participating in the study did not receive any treatment.  Over ...
  • Student Peer Mentoring Builds Empathy A new program for student peer mentoring builds empathy and hope at Mansfield Middle School and kindness is becoming second nature. Walking through the halls, it is easy to see an ocean of blue ROAR (Real Opportunity for Achievement and Readiness) t-shirts and note cards featuring compliments from peers fill the student lockers. In social studies class, ...
  • School Market Day Helps Kids Learn How To Sell A School Market Day helps kids learn how to sell, and they have fun while learning math concepts, problem solving, and develop the skills of planning and designing booths, products, and business. At Pine Ridge Elementary, fourth grade students in Jen Becksvoort's and Katie Boer's classes enjoyed the lessons in salesmanship and marketing that they learned ...
  • Eighth Graders are Participating in Great Debates Eighth graders are participating in Great Debates, and they are learning about the Constitution and American government in the process. At Middlebrook School, the 10th annual Great Debates were held, grouping students into debate teams and taking positions on current political issues. Students within their teams take on roles that match their strength and interests, according to ...
  • Inclusion of Students With Disabilities is Increasing Nationally According to new federal statistics, inclusion of students with disabilities is increasing nationally in regular education classrooms.  Many students with disabilities spend a large part of their day alongside typically-developing peers. According to a report to Congress issued by the US Department of Education, over 60 percent of the school aged students served under the Individuals ...
  • Amazon’s New Website Changes How Students Approach Math As part of a focus on math education, Amazon's new website changes how students approach math. Over half of young adults say they are not good at math, and Amazon aims to eliminate the fear of math that many American students have. The campaign is titled "With Math I Can" and was developed by Amazon's Ten ...
  • Applying STEM Skills in Football Students are getting an opportunity to be applying STEM skills in football at Super Bowl City. Chevron sponsored the exhibit, where students spoke with a representative of the San Francisco 49ers and learned about some of the science behind football.  They had the opportunity to learn about how speed and velocity affect a pass, how the ...
  • The Power of Tailoring Your Study Plan to Your Learning Style In past years, education has been approached with a sort of “one size fits all” mentality—information is presented to students and they, in turn, learn and are eventually tested. Now, schools have begun to diversify the way they’re teaching, offering specific classes or assignments tailored to students with a variety of learning styles. Still, students can feel as though ...
  • Students Meet Presidential Candidates A high school group took the ultimate field trip from Ohio to Iowa to have students meet presidential candidates. A small group of seniors from the advanced placement government class at Taylor High School in Cleves Ohio decided to see the Iowa caucuses  up close. So, they took an epic field trip. They met Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio ...
  • Special Needs Inclusion Special needs inclusion is a priority in Williamson County Schools, where a high level of including students who have special needs or learning or physical disabilities has made a positive impact on many students and families. Every day, sixth grader Ryan Williams starts and ends the school day with a high five to the bus driver. ...
  • Kids Can’t Wait to Create in Their School’s New Project Lab Kids can't wait to create in their school's new Project Lab, the centerpiece of project based learning curriculum. At Las Posas Elementary School, kids cannot wait to get started on their projects in the new Project Lab. “They’ve been walking by back and forth at lunch and peeking in,”said Principal Sue Sigler. Each student from first through fifth grade ...

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