Community Partnerships

Community partnerships between schools and college education departments benefit students and future teachers. Winona State University students are helping Winona Middle School sixth graders research future inventions. Its all part of a partnership between WSU...

The Power of Theater

A group of middle school students has discovered that the power of theater enables them to build relationships and be part of a community. “The missed aspect of theater is the power that it has within it,” says teacher Matthew Belopavlovich.   Belopavlovich comes to...

A Virtual Space Mission

A virtual space mission allowed students to blast off exploring the Moon and Mars with the make believe technology of 2080. Ben Franklin Elementary School fourth graders divided into teams specializing in communications, navigation, cargo, and transmission.  What was...

Learning More While Exercising

Is it possible that children are learning more while exercising?  Research suggests that building exercise into lessons may improve children’s grades. Dutch researchers examined 500 children in second and third grade.  Half the children had traditional lessons...

Alternatives to Traditional Recess

In an effort to help students get along with each other and fight boredom, schools are searching for alternatives to traditional recess. At Glendale Elementary School, an experiment with fourth and fifth graders is underway, giving students alternative activities to...