Some students in California receive the extra support they need to transition to college through an extra year of high school. The extension program -- a partnership between a public charter-school network and area colleges -- includes mentoring, internships as well as online and in-person classes.
National Board Certified Teacher Amber Chandler helps herself -- and her students -- reflect on the school year by asking students to complete an online survey. In this blog post, she writes that the results help motivate her and inform her planning for next school year.
Juniors in a Minnesota high school have been interviewing people who lived through the Great Depression and writing a magazine-style article about it as part of an English project. English teacher Elizabeth Arnstein also uses the John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" and Dust Bowl documentaries to teach students about the era.
Twenty students ages 9 to 13 recently learned about the Revolutionary War during a weeklong writing summer camp at Cowpens National Battlefield in South Carolina. The students participated in activities designed to engage them in US history, including one in which they were assigned to write a story about the war from a soldier's perspective.
International student enrollment in US colleges increased 1.7% in May, compared with the previous year, according to data from the US Department of Homeland Security. One of the fastest-growing segments of students came from Nepal, with an 18% increase, while the number of students from Saudi Arabia dropped 19%, the data show.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and the city's Workforce Development Board are working to make improvements and investments in a career and technical high school. Efforts include a plan to transform the school into a facility where high-school students can receive career training during the day and adults can attend classes at night.
Washington school district Superintendent Marc Jackson says he sees his role as a supporter who ensures that teachers, principals and staff can easily do their jobs. Jackson, who retires next June after 42 years in public education, says he'll spend his last year fighting for more funding and training a successor.
Fifty teachers in the US will work with PBS and NASA to develop and test a science curriculum. Sara Barcellona, a middle-school math and science teacher in Florida, and her students will provide feedback beginning in the fall on the lessons and instructional models as part of the program promoting science, technology, engineering and math learning.
Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District will be trained to spot warning signs and help students with dyslexia under a directive from the district's school board. State lawmakers passed a measure in 2015 requiring schools to develop guidelines for dyslexia services before the start of the 2017-18 school year.
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