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  • 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 ...
  • Career Readiness Academy Offers Job Opportunities for Students A career readiness academy offers job opportunities for students, using nontraditional teaching methods and integrating career and technical education with core content areas. At the Mosley Performance Learning Center, different programs have been housed over the years, but next year the center will be solely occupied by the Career Readiness Academy. The academy was launched in August ...
  • History for Students Told By Students With An App Eighth graders in a small island community are designing a curriculum of history for students told by students with an app. On Lopez Island, Washington, five eighth grade girls in a small history class has learned enough about state history all year to inspiren RV trip for an entire summer, create content for a mobile app, and possibly ...
  • Spelling and Math Facts Made Easy Free Until June 24th We have a great offer of two of our best selling books, Spelling Made Easy: Learn Your Words in Half the Time and Math Facts Made Easy: Learn Your Facts in Half the Time, absolutely FREE until June 24th. These are the learning resources that have helped so many students get ahead with basic facts and spelling ...
  • Graduation Options Expand for Students with Disabilities New rules are helping graduation options expand for students with disabilities in New York State. More than 2,000 students could be affected as early as this month. The New York State Board of Regents will allow school superintendents to decide whether students who met the academic requirements for a local diploma but did not pass every ...
  • Teachers Compete to Share Innovations at an Education Summit An innovative approach to sharing ideas for enhancing classroom learning had teacher compete to share innovations at an education summit. The friendly competition in Minneapolis was modeled after the reality show "Shark Tank." Each presenter had a minute to give an accelerated version of their idea and request funding.  Pitches varied from a stop-motion video project to ...
  • Happy Fathers Day! From all of us at How To Learn, we wish all the special dads a very Happy Father's Day!
  • Honor Student Plans Free Summer Learning for Children A high school honor student plans free summer learning for children, and is looking forward to seeing the results of her year long planning come to reality. Florence High School rising senior Annisha Borah was inspired when she became an afterschool tutor at Harlan Elementary, and decided to put together a program to encourage students to ...
  • Kids Model Clothing Made from Recyclables A highly unusual fashion show was a display of unique creativity, having kids model clothing made from recyclables. Centerville Elementary School held their first fashion show, and it featured outfits made of Doritos chip bags, plastic shopping bags and other crafts made from recycled materials. The fifth graders showed off their environmentally conscious creations in the school ...
  • Google Goggles Launch Students to Other Planets Kids are having fun this summer as Google Goggles launch students to other planets and destinations around the galaxy. Fifth graders at James L. McGuire Elementary School got to check out a new way of looking into far away destinations with 3D Google Goggles and watch a rocket launch as if they were above the rocket ...
  • Kids Participate in a Birdathon to Identify and Help Birds Birdwatching becomes a popular activity when kids participate in in a birdathon to identify and help birds. At Lincoln Elementary School, fourth graders joined in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon by walking in Harvey Schmidt Park on a field trip. They identified and counted birds, adding to the annual tally. It was the first time that the fourth grade ...
  • New Guidelines on Children’s Sleep Doctors have issued new guidelines on children's sleep which tells how much sleep children should get at different ages. According the the guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, babies under 1 year should sleep 12 to 16 hours a day, including naps. Children between the ages of 1 to 2 should sleep 11 to ...
  • Teachers Learning About Local Latino History Teachers learning about local Latino history are exploring local sources gathered by the Boulder County Latino History Project, including oral histories, demographic data, photos, and news articles in a three day workshop. "We want to give students another perspective," said Linda Arroyo-Holmstrom, a Boulder Valley instructional coach. "It's Boulder County history that's normally not covered in schools." The ...
  • Youth Apprenticeships Turn Into Jobs An increasing number of youth apprenticeships turn into jobs, building skills, confidence, and jump starting young people into employment. In Charleston, the number of youth apprenticeship programs are on the rise.  One of them worked out very well for Walter Newman, who turned an apprenticeship into a full time job with an automobile parts manufacturer. He ...
  • Kids are Learning to Use Computer Code at Bootcamp This summer, kids are learning to use computer code at Bootcamp, and some awesome technology is the result of their efforts. In Sioux Falls, a kids at the Ardunio Bootcamp are learning to program video games and electronics  has seen them program motion sensors, range finders, and a laser, all part of a homemade security system. In a ...
  • Middle School Transition is Eased By a Girl Scout Program It can be tough to enter a new school, but middle school transition is eased by a Girl Scout program. Four members of Girl Scout Troop 2143 decided to change things about the difficult start they had in sixth grade.  They developed Inside Scoop" for Horizon elementary fifth grade girls to show them the changes and ...
  • Ballloon Launching Tradition Every year, middle school students are engaged in a balloon launching tradition at their school. Each launch measures how sturdy the balloon is, and if it is air worthy. For three days, Corvallis Middle School seventh grade students designed, cut, and glued  their hot-air balloon creations from tissue paper. Then, they tested their creations by launching ...
  • Combating the Summer Math Slide Schools are developing initiatives aimed at combating the summer math slide, the loss of learning and skills over 10 weeks of summer vacation. At Fairview Park City School, two math initiatives are starting this summer - Building Math Muscles and Math Summer Challenge.  The idea is to keep students engaged with math and help them to ...
  • Superheros Inspire Super Readers A summer reading program started out with adults dressed in superhero costumes, on the premise that superheros inspire super readers. At the Boulevard Mall, shoppers might have thought that Comic-Con was getting started after seeing adults in superhero costumes.  However, it was the beginning of Clark County School District'summer reading program, Reading Rangers Summer Reading Quest. Students start ...

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