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  • School Media Connects School Newspapers Beyond the School Walls Students are discovering that software and social media connects school newspapers beyond the school walls. Since September, a new website, Fusfoo.com has been connecting school media across the country.  Students use the software to connect and share their writing, much as major newspapers connect with services and affiliates that share stories. While they still write, edit, and produce ...
  • When Math is Fun When math is fun, there are smiles all around as students learn about being the teacher while creating interactive math apps for helping their peers learn necessary skills. “They had to create a game that would teach skills we’ve learned this year,” Pepperell Elementary teacher Sandy Headrick explained. “I gave them the assignment and they had ...
  • Job Club Explores Future Options for Students with Disabilities As a job club explores future options for students with disabilities, students are learning to lead discussions and deal with topics such as interview skills, transportation, and working with others. At the University of Maine at Farmington, students in the Rehabilitation Services program are working with transitional students in high schools to explore their future. They ...
  • Teachers Help Develop an Online Database for the Census Bureau Creating online lessons for any school or teacher who wants to access them is just one on the task as teachers help develop an online database for the Census Bureau of free lessons and resources using census data. At Albemarle High School, teacher Chris Bunin has been part of the national team working on the bureau's ...
  • A Hands-On History Class Students are truly having a hands-on history class, touching the past - or at least, items from the past. At Hamilton Middle School in Montana, seventh grade students in the Montana History class taught by Chad Williams got to handle authentic hunting and medicinal tools from the era of the American fur trade. “We talk about the ...
  • Future Math Ability is Boosted by Parents Playing Math Games Recent research shows that future math ability is boosted by parents playing math games with young children. Researchers at Boston College published their findings in the journal Child Development. Young children whose mothers support them during math play — such as helping them label how many items are in a set — tend to have better math ...
  • 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 ...

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