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  • Student Interns are Learning Aviation Skills With Project Search At Duncan Aviation hanger in Battle Creek, student interns are learning aviation skills with Project Search. Six interns are working with the one year program for recent high school graduates with disabilities.  They receive job training while they work a team, classroom instruction on how to find a job, and then follow up services to handle ...
  • Middle School Students are Learning to Love Many Languages Middle school students are learning to love many languages, as they start out with the opportunity to sample several of them before taking one for all of seventh and eighth grades. The State College Area School District’s middle school world languages program allows students to try a sampling of world language in 12 week units, and then ...
  • Building Math Concepts with Hammers and Nails Elementary students are building math concepts with hammers and nails, as they construct a small house. Fifth grade students from St. Clair Elementary School are learning the building skills, as the school is collaborating with Eastman Chemical Company and Northeast State Community College in a three year commitment with Perry Wilson, founder of If I Had ...
  • Girl Power Fifth grade girls are discovering the positive effects of girl power as they share their feelings and ideas with each other. At Rolling Hills Country Day School, the girls in Gina King's fifth grade classroom are chatting about the difference between cliques and friendships. “It’s when you have shared interests,” one student said about friendship. “Yeah, you feel ...
  • Unified Sports is Uniting Students With and Without Disabilities Unified Sports is uniting students with and without disabilities by combining team efforts and allowing them to compete together in some sports. There are many gains students receive from sports participation.  Teamwork, coping with adversity, and seeing the results of hard work are just some of the advantages. When sports turn into a win-at-all-costs pursuit, the ...
  • Changing Teacher Training With Clinical Residency One college is joining with area school districts and is changing teacher training with clinical residency. At Louisiana Tech University's College of Education, future teachers don't just spend a semester in student teaching - they have a full year clinical residency at schools in  Lincoln or Ouachita Parish.  By the time they graduate, they will have ...
  • Classes Continue at Home When Weather Closes Schools A Kentucky school district has taken steps to ensure that classes continue at home when weather closes schools. The program, which includes 40 of 173 Kentucky school districts, allows districts to avoid making up as much as 10 snow days. “Our biggest motivation was that we felt like we were losing some good instructional days because of ...
  • Science is Close Up with New Wi-Fi Microscopes Now science is close up with new Wi-Fi microscopes and fifth graders are excited by the ability to analyze things they bring from home. "If it helps them to begin nurturing that love for science, I'm willing to allow them more time to learn," said Teri Gonzalez,  the fifth-grade teacher at Magee Elementary School. Her students ...
  • Kindergarten Social Skills are Linked to Young Adult Success A recent study has found that kindergarten social skills are linked to young adult success. "We were surprised but not completely surprised,” said study leader Damon Jones, PhD,  of The Harris School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago. The team analyzed evaluations by teachers of the social competency of 800 children.  The evaluations had been ...
  • Building a Planter for Disabled Access A large project of building a planter for disabled access was an invaluable real life experience for some high school carpentry students. The wheelchair accessible planter was a project that Hahnville High School teacher Henry Cologne accepted readily, and his students were enthusiastic about the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. “I had ...
  • Helping New Teachers with Mentoring A state funded program is helping new teachers with mentoring, to guide them through the important first year in Sioux Falls. According to experienced educators, the first year in a classroom can cause new teachers to become disillusioned.  The hope is that with the mentoring program they can set goals, manage their classrooms, and remain in ...
  • Universal Access to Gifted and Talented Teaching Techniques Having universal access gifted and talented teaching techniques is having an impact on students of all abilities as they are encouraged to learn through discovery, discussion, and exercising problem solving and critical thinking skills. At Springfield Elementary, teachers are benefiting from a multimillion-dollar grant for Title I schools from the U.S. Department of Education's Jacob K. Javits ...
  • Inspiring Children to Learn More About Agriculture Inspiring children to learn more about agriculture is a passion of children's book author Holly Dufek. She believes that exposing children to simple concepts of seeds, soil, lambs wool, and soft chick feathers helps them appreciate where food and clothing come from. “Agriculture is vital to each person, every day,” Dufek said. “I think children should ...
  • Growing African-American Boys into Strong Men An initiative focused on growing African-American boys into strong men is combining mentoring, motivation, character education and an Afrocentric curriculum to raise academic achievement. Since 2010, when the Oakland Unified School District created a special department to specifically meet the needs of at risk African-American boys, the program has been popular due to results.  The ...
  • A Learning Center on Wheels The new Acceleration Station in Christian County Public Schools is a learning center on wheels where students learn through discovery. The mobile learning environment is a bus that goes to elementary schools, enabling Lea Brumfield, the gifted and talented program instructor, to work with small groups of students in a technology rich environment. “I feel like ...
  • Student Has Invented an App for Early Autism Detection A college student has invented an app for early Autism detection, which can be used by parents to screen their children for early signs of autism spectrum disorder. Kun Woo Cho of the State University of New York at Buffalo partnered with a group of researchers who sought to determine detection tools in a study that ...
  • Letting Students Learn at Their Own Pace Letting students learn at their own pace has resulted in a major shift in personalized learning in St. Regis schools. "It started two years ago when I first got here as principal," said superintendent Joe Steele. "I challenged the staff to think what they want their school to be like, what the perfect school would look ...
  • Italian Pen Pals Corresponding with American Students A bridge to another world has been established in one classroom, as Italian pen pals corresponding with American students are telling them all about life in Trento, Italy. Speech Pathologist Stephanie Donati has been working with a pen pal initiative at Brockway Area Elementary School with fifth graders in Alissa Carnahan's class.  They have also been ...
  • Students Building Tiny Houses for Flood Survivors 12 vocational schools across the state of West Virginia have students building tiny houses for flood survivors, and the experience of giving back in a practical way is invaluable for them. Some survivors of the June 23 flood will be able to have temporary housing thanks to the efforts of the students.  The houses will be ...
  • Dual Language Students Learn English While Retaining Spanish Dual language students learn English while retaining Spanish, as they have the advantage of being instructed in both their native language and the new language that they are learning. At Vinland Elementary School, reading and writing are taught in a student's native language.  The second language is introduced in other subjects. The dual language program is not ...
  • New Makerspaces are Used by Students for Troubleshooting New makerspaces are used by students for troubleshooting problems, and the activities are engaging students to figure out how things work. The makerspaces were added by the Iowa City Community School District. At South East Junior High School, students used Makey Makey kits which turn everyday objects when connected to a computer into touchpads.  They also ...
  • Students Researching the Holocaust Using Old Newspapers Students researching the Holocaust using old newspapers are part of a national project which curates articles from American newspapers of that era in connection with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “Americans from all over are doing research and looking at how the Holocaust was reported in everyone’s communities,” said South Middle School eighth grade social ...
  • Sharing Strategies for Attracting Quality Teachers A group of Colorado superintendents met for sharing strategies for attracting quality teachers. The Public Education Business Coalition hosted a forum for the superintendents to fight high teacher turnover rates and share strategies for recruiting young people to join the profession in Colorado. The nonprofit coalition supports teacher training. “We talk about having a talent shortage,” said ...
  • Character Education Unit Based on Harry Potter A character education unit based on Harry Potter stories proved to be the introduction of a new, STEAM based interdisciplinary program at one elementary school. The month long character education unit at Chancellor Livingston Elementary School in the Rhinebeck Central School District was planned during the summer months.  The main framework was the House system of ...
  • Veterans Project is Personal for Students Every fall, a seventh grade veterans project is personal for students, who not only research information online but see better understanding of the military experience by speaking with their grandparents, family members, and neighbors. Each student had the assignment to learn about a man or woman who was local and spent time in the service.  For ...
  • Students Learning the Value of Being Outdoors A language arts teacher has students learning the value of being outside, and journaling about the details of nature. Seventh graders at Hoosac Valley Middle and High School and their teacher Dawn Klein have teamed up with Jennifer Lovett, a conservation biologist, author, artist, and nature journalist.  They are participating in outings that were arranged by ...
  • Kids Say Yes to Healthy Foods in the Lunchroom Having friends working in the cafeteria is helping kids say yes to healthy foods in the lunchroom. Four Hutchinson Middle School students decided to help the kitchen staff serve lunch to their classmates, as part of the school's Students in Action Club. “I thought serving lunch was fun,” said Bella Conn. “It was a really good experience,”said Alexis ...
  • Helping Students Look at Different Careers A chamber of commerce is helping students look at different careers by teaming up with the local middle school to share their different job fields. The Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce and area businesses are working with students in the belief that the sooner kids have interest in career paths the better it will be ...
  • Kids are Satisfying Their Curiosity at the Science Fair Kids are satisfying their curiosity at the science fair, as they put their questions to the test. Districts set their own standards, however teachers agree that science fairs are invaluable in the benefits they provide to students. “It’s a friendly competition, but it’s also a good opportunity for students to see what their peers are doing and ...
  • African-American History Curriculum A new African-American History curriculum is underway in Buffalo schools, and the challenge is to present a more accurate and thorough picture of the history of Africa and African-Americans than has been previous provided in social studies classes. Nearly half the students in Buffalo are black and the subject has been discussed for a long time. ...

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