A Colorado school district is considering expanding its use of mindfulness to help support students' social and emotional needs. Several elementary schools have adopted the Random Acts of Kindness curriculum, and officials may offer mindfulness programs to middle schools as well.
Technology tools can help teachers assess both content knowledge and language development of English-language learners, writes Jamie Ponce, who teachers ELLs in Illinois. In this blog post, Ponce shares four tech strategies for teaching and assessments, such as having students record themselves while reading aloud.
There are 10 people left who can speak the language of the S'aoch people in Veal Renh, Cambodia, and French linguistics expert Jean-Michel Filippi says he plans to step up efforts to preserve it. So far, he has written a history of the S'aoch people and compiled a dictionary with more than 6,000 words.
Some female and minority high-school students are enrolling in programs to increase diversity in artificial intelligence. Data show that about 25% of computer scientists are women, but that figure may be lower in the AI field.
There is no correlation between states that raise academic standards and actual improvements in student achievement, researchers report in the journal Education Next. Researchers say the issue could be related to other factors, including a lack of educational resources or the end of No Child Left Behind.
Educators at a public charter school in Georgia integrate coding lessons across all subjects, writes Fong Ly, who teaches science, technology, engineering and math. In this commentary, he talks about the tools they use, including a lesson that uses Minecraft to teach US history.
Students benefit from reading stories accompanied by pictures, according to a brain study by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Researchers found that students better understood stories that included images, compared with audio-only and animated stories.
Laura Thomas, an elementary library media specialist, suggests that middle- and high-school teachers should consider adopting a strategy more commonly used in elementary-school classrooms -- the morning meeting. In this blog post, she describes how morning meetings can build community and increase cooperation.
A Maryland elementary school is testing the benefits of a group therapy program for students who have experienced trauma, cognitive disorders or anxiety. The 12-week Resilience Builder Program includes lessons in leadership, empathy, problem-solving and stress management.
Student achievement in some South Carolina rural schools improved after they started using a project-based learning approach from the nonprofit New Tech Network, writes Richard Riley, former US education secretary and South Carolina's former governor. In this commentary, he shares how the approach is helping schools in the state.