To create a more student-centered space, fourth-grade teacher Lindsey Petlak writes in this blog post about the five traditional classroom items she abandoned. For example, tossing her large teacher's desk and individual student desks gave her more space for small tables and chairs that can be rearranged based on learning needs, she explains.
A Pennsylvania middle school will implement a hybrid-learning model with its sixth- and seventh-graders this fall. For each 90-minute class, students will spend 30 minutes in each of three groups where they will receive direct instruction from a teacher, work in small groups with peers and learn on computers.
Summer is when college students are most likely to try alcohol, marijuana and inhalants for the first time, according to a new analysis of government data. Peak starting months for various drugs are listed in a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. "These are times when parents may want to think about checking in," said Rear Adm. Peter Delany, director of SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics.
Disability is not a reason to curtail parental rights or create additional barriers to adoption or foster parenting, the federal government warns state and local officials. The communication comes in the wake of increasing complaints of discrimination. Disability should only be an issue if there is "a significant risk to the health or safety of the child that cannot be eliminated by a reasonable modification," according to a joint document from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The first week of school is an important time to set the perimeters and build trust with students to have a student-centered classroom, middle-grades teacher Pernille Ripp writes in this blog post. She shares two activities for building this trust and a sense of community.
The Arizona State Board of Education directed schools to provide remedial help to fourth-grade students who scored at the bottom of last year's language test. A state law calls for third-graders to be held back if they are not proficient in reading, but the test results were not released early enough this year for that to happen.
Hyannis, Mass., is closing a homeless shelter and plans to reopen a service-oriented day shelter further from its Main Street after business and community groups complained about a disproportionate number of homeless people in the downtown area. The police department compiled a list of more than 70 social services that are thought to be attracting homeless people to the area. The new shelter may draw clients away from these organizations as it will offer many of the same services, said Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald.
Employers and schools would do well to consider the unique skills and the coping capabilities that traumatized teens possess, parenting specialist Jane Evans writes. Instead of focusing on bad grades and behavior, they could abuse victims for their ability to read mood changes and help take care of others in a stressful environment. "As professionals, and as a society, we need to understand their journey fully, see them and advocate for them in the context of their achievements, courage and resourcefulness," she writes.
The Calculus Project focuses on the math skills of Hispanic, black and economically disadvantaged Massachusetts students and encourages them to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers, as well as complete Advanced Placement Calculus their senior year. Starting in eighth grade, students enroll in yearly sessions in which Boston University professors and mentors build foundational math skills.
To create a strong school culture, principals can build trust in their teachers, invest in their professional development and be a role model for continuous learning, Phylis Hoffman, a second-grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District writes in this blog post. Principals also can visit classrooms, ask for teacher input and make changes based on feedback, Hoffman suggests.
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