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  • Kids Are Digging Up Dirt For Arbor Day Kids are digging up dirt for Arbor Day, and they are protecting their school's trees from weeds. The fifth graders from Treynor Elementary School spread mulch around the trees they planted last year at their school. The maintenance was part of the Treynor Optimist Club's annual Arbor Day program. “It’s really fun,” said student Zach Smith. “It’s ...
  • High Schools are Mixing Job Training With Academics High schools are mixing job training with academics, as cateer education is making a comeback in schools in the United States. Years ago, "shop class" and vocational technical classes were considered a less desirable alternative for students who were not going to college. But now, vocational education is back as "career pathways". In California academics are ...
  • Using Universal Design for Learning A middle school teacher is using universal design for learning, and he finds that giving students choices and inspiring them is having important results. At P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, Jon Mundorf gives his students choices about what a how to read, and motivational quotes from Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and Oscar Wilde line the walls of ...
  • National Math and Reading Score Decline Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) indicates that there is a national math and reading score decline among 12th graders. Scores from the Nation's Report Card showed that only a quarter of high school seniors performed proficiently or better in math. 37 percent of the students were proficient or better in reading. This ...
  • Social Studies Students Teach Adults About Social Media At the Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies, one teacher had social studies students teach adults about social media. Rebecca Lewis brought students to the conference along with their presentations that they made to educate teachers about technology and social media. The eighth graders gained an appreciation for the work their teachers do through the ...
  • Study Shows Student Suspensions Reduced Through Teacher Empathy A new study shows student suspensions reduced through teacher empathy, even when  only one teacher changes behavior. The results can be astounding. Math teachers who were encouraged to become more empathetic saw student suspensions drop by half. The study was led by Psychologist Jason Okonofua. He attended public schools until tenth grade, when he entered a private prep ...
  • College Admissions on a Budget We have heard about families that spare no expense in creating unique opportunities for their children to shine in the competitive college application process. Parents on a budget are at a loss as to what they can do to help their kids stand out if they lack the funds to send their child to Botswana for preservation work ...
  • Putting Students in Charge With the Genius Project At South Middle School, teachers are putting students in charge with the Genius Project. Seventh grade students are choosing what they want to learn about, from go carts and college basketball to chocolate chip cookies. As part of the Genius Project, students have worked individually or in teams designing computer games, creating a website, or building ...
  • Addressing Increased Class Size with Digital Classes A district facing mandated reductions in staff is addressing increased class size with digital classes. In Frederick County, Maryland, students who attend small rural public high schools cannot always enroll in courses that interest them, due to fewer offerings taught by fewer teachers. The board enacted a class size increase by one student last year, in order ...
  • First Field Trip For First Graders Showed Them Math and Philanthropy As a means of teaching children about making purchases and helping people, two first grade teachers made sure that the first field trip for first graders showed them math and philanthropy. Students from C.L. Smith Elementary school went on their first field trip, when they visited the Grocery Outlet Bargain Market and bought items to donate ...
  • Kids Enjoy Learning Math Facts With An App While students have learned thousands of math facts, their teachers have learned that kids enjoy learning math facts with an app. The tedium of flashcards and drills from previous times has been replaced by engaging games on electronic devices. Teacher Livia Zitzow never imagined that her third graders would have increased their understanding of math as ...
  • White House Effort on Early STEM Learning The White House effort on early STEM learning has brought together diverse public and private sector groups for a symposium on teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to children as young as 3 years old. Groups attending the symposium on teaching STEM subjects to young children include NASA, Sesame Workshop, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the ...
  • Students Travel The World At School Thanks to Google Expeditions Today's students travel the world at school thanks to Google Expeditions Pioneer Program. World travels are just as close as the school library. At Rundlett Middle School, librarian Nancy Keane applied for Google to come to the school as part of the pilot program. Google sent a representative to the school for two days to show ...
  • Field Day Focused on Local Creek Life and Water A field day focused on local creek life and water management proved to be an enjoyable day of exploration for several hundred sixth graders. Bowling Green Junior High School students waded through Trammel Creek, catching crayfish and measuring the ph level of the water during and educational field day.  The day was hosted by the Warren County ...
  • Mastery of Knowledge Mastery of Knowledge is a high goal set by one middle school so students can learn at their own pace and know a subject completely before moving on to the next area. At Kuna Middle School, students do not sit at a desk very often reading books and taking notes.  Instead, they learn by doing., and ...
  • YWCA Teaches English To People From All Over the World People from Mexico, Congo, Burma, Angola and other countries all gathered in one classroom, where the YWCA teaches English to people from all over the world. At the YWCA of Black Hawk County, students from the University of Northern Iowa are learning how to teach English to people of diverse languages and cultures. And people from ...
  • Fifth Graders Design and Build Handmade Catapults As part of a STEM project, teachers at Lincoln Elementary School had fifth graders design and build handmade catapults. “We started it out as a STEM fair project as opposed to a science fair project where all the kids were given a challenge of building a catapult that would send a Unifix cube as far as ...
  • Building a Bridge Across Africa Ninth grade students demonstrated their critical thinking and research skills by designing a project for building a bridge across Africa that would expand transportation across the continent in a cost effective and efficient manner. At the Daniel Ninth Grade Center, world geography students researched the  “physical, political, economic, and cultural aspects of a specific region of ...
  • Silent Reading Levels Lower Than 1960 A recent comprehensive study shows 2016 silent reading levels lower than 1960. Key findings include a 19% decline in silent reading comprehension in 12th graders when compared to their peers in 1960. The results raise concerns that present day students are not acquiring the reading skills they need to succeed in college and in their careers. The ...
  • School Pantries Are Still Important For Many Rural Families Although the Great Recession has ended for the most part, school pantries are still important for many rural families. Outside cities, employment rates are lower, and child hunger rates are higher. Economic recovery has been slow to reach the Athens City School District in Ohio, as well as other rural areas.  According to the US Department ...
  • Dual Language Program Benefits Spanish Speaking Students A dual language program benefits Spanish speaking students as well as their English speaking counterparts. In Casper Wyoming second graders at Park Elementary School participate in dual language immersion programs in Spanish and Mandarin. Many schools in Natrona County offer assistance to students from Spanish speaking families learning English. Now, Spanish speaking students participate with the ...
  • Personalized Learning and 5 Tips from The Genius of Play We are very supportive of personalized learning and 5 tips from The Genius of Play are a great way to start. The Genius of Play is a national movement to give all families the means to make play an important part of each child's life. These 5 tips have been shared to show that STEAM (Science, ...
  • New Teachers Learn Classroom Management Through VIrtual Reality Students in education classes may be nervous about their internships teaching for the first time in front of a class, but now new teachers learn classroom management through virtual reality. Some student teachers  “might feel a little bit funny for the first minute or two because they’re interacting with a computer screen, but because the avatars ...
  • NSBE Summer Engineering Experience for Kids The National Society of Black Engineers' Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) is coming to 12 cities in the USA this year. All of the free day programs will take place in June, July, and August at 14 locations in 12 cities. “We are very proud of the positive impact that NSBE has made on thousands of ...
  • Eliminating Stress Over Testing Through Yoga and Exercise Students in elementary school have found that eliminating stress over testing though Yoga and exercise has great results with reducing worry and promoting energy and well being. The idea for students at Roy Clark Elementary to make yoga more than just part of an after school program came to community schools coordinator Kulsum Siddiqui after overhearing ...
  • New Multi Sensory Reading Program In New York City A new multi-sensory reading program in New York City has attracted the personal attention of the City Schools Chancellor and the Staten Island Borough President as the program is being initially tried out at PS 57 in Staten Island. City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña was on hand to observe the new  phonics based program which serves students ...
  • Learning About the Life of Abraham Lincoln Seventh graders in Tish Kosman's class traveled back in time, learning about the life of Abraham Lincoln the day he was shot.  President Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865, and died a day later. On April 15, Kosman put a message on the board that said the lesson was to “commemorate the anniversary of Lincoln’s death. ...
  • All Girl Robotics Team Will Compete Against the Best In the World An all girl robotics team will compete against the best in the world, and students at Pleasant Valley Junior High School couldn't be more proud. Later this month, ten students will participate in a world robotics competition in St. Louis. The girls are members of the Flourish and Bits robotics team will compete at the first ...
  • Life Lessons Learned Through Raising Trout In the Classroom A fifth grade class is getting a jump start on life lessons learned through raising trout in the classroom.  Unlike many other classrooms, the fish tank doesn't hold goldfish or beta fish.  It holds hundreds of baby rainbow trout, and their survival depends on the 11 year olds in Megan Hardy's classroom. The fish tank is ...
  • Why American Schools Don’t Have Enough Money We wanted to share this valuable article from NPR with our readers concerning why American schools don't have enough money. Simply put, the answer lies in the method though which schools receive most of their funding: local property taxes. In areas where property taxes are high, or where there are a large number of property owners ...

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