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  • 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 ...
  • Finger Tracing Math Problems May Help Some Students To Solve Them A new study has found that finger tracing math problems may help some students to solve them. At the University of Sydney, researchers discovered that students who traced over examples with their fingers while simultaneously reading arithmetic and geometry materials were able to complete tasks more quickly than those who did not use the technique. For example, ...
  • Academy is Preparing Students for Gaming Industry Careers A new high school academy is preparing students for gaming industry careers. At Gulf High Academy of Gaming, Simulation and Design in New Port Richey, Florida, the new school is the first of its kind in Pasco county, and is like many that are springing up across Florida and the nation. Assignments include creating environments for role ...
  • Fostering School Diversity in Gentrified Neighborhoods An effort directed toward fostering school diversity in gentrified neighborhoods is underway in New York City. An influx of wealthy, white residents over the past few years has led to rapid gentrification in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood, and the effect is being felt at Public School 705.  Principal Sandra Soto still is in charge of an ...
  • Special Needs Students Bring The Great Gatsby To Life A team of teachers helped special needs students bring The Great Gatsby to life. It was a red letter day at the Glen H Peters School as the 15 to 26 year old students premiered an adapted play/film of "The Great Gatsby".  The school is located in Macomb Township and has 320 students ages 3 to ...
  • Google Partners With a State Agency Providing Free Computer Science When Google partners with a state agency providing free computer service, students from many communities get a jump on developing their interest in new technologies. At Michigan State University's Breslin Center, over 400 students and teachers from all across Michigan gathered around iPads and other computer devices to learn more about designing games and growing their ...
  • Bringing Passion to Projects A recognition of the "Genius Hour" is behind an effort bringing passion to projects that are the student's primary interest.  Students learn how to make projects that are important to them real and successful, thus the name "passion projects". One of the passion projects that is being worked on at Chief Joseph Middle School in Bozeman ...
  • Bteaking Down Employment Barriers for Disabled Breaking down employment barriers for disabled people is one goal of a unique program for high school students. In North Carolina, students who are part of Project SEARCH, a job training program, work at High Point Regional Health by reading to children, preparing food, and getting rooms ready for patients. Because of their pronounced physical or ...
  • Teachers Teaming Up in Classroom In an effort to benefit their students, two teachers teaming up in classroom instruction are finding that teamwork is an effective strategy to bring out the best. There are 39 students in the Early Learning Center classroom where Julie Miller and Liza Simmons teach. During some reading times and for math, combined classes meet in the ...
  • Snow Days are Still School Days with Online Learning Despite the cancellation of school for several days due to snow, students are finding out that snow days are still school days with online learning. At Boone County West Virginia's Sherman Elementary, students are enthusiastically making use of the online MobyMax program, which are based on the student's ability and paced to award students points for completing ...
  • Ending the Stigma on Free and Reduced Price School Lunches A community group is working toward ending the stigma on free and reduced price school lunches. The Hunger Council of Brattleboro, Vermont recently discovered that many middle and high school students do not participate in school meals, even though they are eligible for free and reduced lunch. The discussion started when Food Connects director Richard Berkfield began ...
  • Fourth Graders Are Learning About Life Cycles through BioEYES Thanks to a donation by the Williams College Center for Learning in Action, a class of fourth graders are learning about life cycles through BioEYES. At Lanesborough Elementary School, students in Sean McDonald and Jenn Szymanski's fourth grade classrooms have been studying genetics, animal science, and embryonic development right at their own desks. The Williams College Center for ...
  • Results of the Iowa Youth Straw Poll are In The results of the Iowa Youth Straw Poll are in, and it looks like students favor Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Over 280 schools in 80 counties participated in the poll, which encourages questions and research about presidential candidates. Over 50,000 students participated in the statewide poll.  It was the largest turnout ever for balloting that is ...
  • Teens are Affected By Chronic Fatigue More Often Than Expected Teens are affected by Chronic Fatigue more often than expected, according to the largest study ever conducted on the effect of the disease on children. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) affects approximately 1 in 50 sixteen year olds for at least six months. This translates to 2 percent of all sixteen year olds. These teens miss an average ...
  • Students Debating Which Books Should Receive a Newbery Award A sixth grade reading group has students debating which books should receive a Newbery Award. At D.C. Everest Middle School, 50 students were chosen to participated in the Mock Newbery Reading Group, that was led by library media specialist Beth martin.  The group began in 2008, allowing students to read and discuss books that are nominated ...
  • Numbers are Processed on Both Sides of the Brain According to a recent study, MRI scans show that numbers are processed on both sides of the brain.  Math is processed bilaterally, and both sides are used to visualize and process numbers. While the brain divides duties, and it is common to assume that left brained people are good at logic and language, and right brained ...
  • How Schools are Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues Creating detailed profiles of students' personal lives is one proposal being considered in Newtown, Connecticut to address how schools are supporting students with mental health issues. Previously, this approach might have been considered an overreach of school authority and an invasion of privacy. But after the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary which shocked the ...
  • Entire Middle School was Awarded Hour of Code Certificates Creating video games is a distant ambition for some children, but one school is serious enough about making it happen that the entire middle school was awarded Hour of Code certificates. At Logan Fontenelle Middle School, the entire student body is technologically savvy, creating games for their phones.  All of the 500 students at the school ...
  • Experiencing Disabilities Firsthand A group of elementary school children are learning about abilities by experiencing disabilities firsthand. In Ability Awareness, students learn what people with disabilities experience.  They engage in activities such as trying to communicate without using words, tying shoes while wearing gloves, and write their names in Braille. The exercises being conducted at Griffin Creek Elementary School are part ...

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