English-language learners are coming from more diverse linguistic backgrounds, which is a challenge for educators who want to support these students, according to a report from the Migration Policy Institute. The report's authors suggest recruiting a more diverse early-childhood workforce, improving tools to assess dual-language learners and doing more research on how to improve outcomes in "superdiverse" classrooms.
A new survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that nearly 90% of graduating college seniors said they are proficient in professionalism and work ethic, but only 43% of employers agreed. The disparity is apparent in a number of areas, including communication and leadership, which researchers say points to a need for more internships and work opportunities for students.
Scientific experiments can help support literature lessons, assert National Board Certified Teachers Amy Schwartzbach-Kang and Edward Kang. In this blog post, they write about how they have used science to help students understand "Beowulf" and how they used "Frankenstein" to teach science.
About 30 students at a Kansas middle school are learning about journalism by creating weekly, 10-minute newscasts called "Pride Time News" to highlight news, weather, sports and other features. The students meet daily and work in teams to develop scripts, film and edit their segments before Friday morning broadcasts in the school.
There are potential downsides to eliminating middle schools in favor of K-8 models, according to a study published in the Journal of Urban Economics. The researchers assert that K-8 schools are shown to have negative effects on the elementary students.
Middle-school students at a Pennsylvania school are using Google's Expeditions AR to view -- through augmented reality -- things they would not otherwise have access to in their classrooms. Recent lessons have taken students to the eye of a tornado, ancient Rome and a coral reef.
Public schools in West Virginia were closed Thursday amid a statewide teachers' strike. The state ranks 48th in the country in teacher pay, and teachers are protesting a recent pay hike that they say doesn't keep up with the cost of living.
Students who major in education or law as undergraduates are more likely to be accepted into top-tier business schools than those pursuing marketing or health degrees, according to an analysis from the MBA Data Guru. Jeremy Shinewald, founder of mbaMission, says liberal arts majors often have a broad understanding of the world, from history to culture.
Women have made gains in some countries in areas of equality in the workforce in the past year, but disparities remain, according to The Economist's glass-ceiling index. The index is based on several factors, including business-school applications and educational attainment.
Technology students at two Connecticut high schools are constructing prosthetic hands for children and adults worldwide using a 3D printer. Students say they are making a difference while developing their manufacturing skills.
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