Academic Specialization

AAG SmartBrief

Research and technology news for geographers

AAG SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Association of American Geographers

U.S. middle class loses spot as world's most affluent, analysis shows

4/23/2014

  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The American middle class has lost ground relative to the middle classes in other countries, according to an analysis by The New York Times. Members of Canada's middle class now appear to earn more on… Read More

STEM SmartBrief

STEM-specific news for career development professionals

STEM SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Association for Career and Technical Education

Schools expand computer-science programs

4/24/2014

  • Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Some school districts in Maryland and Virginia are taking steps to expand computer-science programs. School officials in one county in Maryland has committed to bring such programs to students in all … Read More

ACTFL SmartBrief

News about language education

ACTFL SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Alaska Senate passes bill recognizing native languages

4/22/2014

  • Reuters

A bill to recognize the 20 indigenous languages spoken in Alaska received final approval with an 18-2 vote in the state's Senate on Monday. The move makes the state the second in the U.S., after Hawai… Read More

NCLE SmartBrief

News for educators and literacy learning supporters

NCLE SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Center for Literacy Education

Should theme-based English lessons shift to "narrow reading" with common core?

4/24/2014

  • Language Magazine online

It may be time for schools to transition from theme-based units for English-language arts to a curriculum focused on close informational reading and data-driven responses, which are some hallmarks of … Read More

NCSS SmartBrief

News for social studies educators

NCSS SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Council for the Social Studies

Del. 1st-graders showcase U.S. geography knowledge with exhibit

4/22/2014

  • Milford Beacon (Del.)

About 100 Delaware first-graders showcased their geography knowledge during their recent exhibit "The 50 States: A Tour of our Country." The students made posters, used food samples such as Vermont ch… Read More

Math Education SmartBrief

News for mathematics educators

Math Education SmartBrief

Ark. program uses arts to teach cross-curricular lessons

4/24/2014

  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) (free registration)

Four school systems in Arkansas are using a program to blend math and reading lessons with music and dance. The program, developed by Arkansas Learning through the Arts, teaches how the arts encompass… Read More

Sigma Xi SmartBrief

News on scientific research and innovation

Sigma Xi SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Could stem cells hold the key to human longevity?

4/23/2014

  • New Scientist

Researchers studying the blood of a woman who was once the oldest living person have discovered that longevity may be linked to the capacity of stem cells to replenish tissues. When she died, Hendrikj… Read More