Five high-school girls, all members of a Minnesota 4-H club, helped raise the two turkeys that were sent to Washington, D.C., for the president's annual turkey pardon. The students cared for the turkeys, Drumstick and Wishbone, by checking on their food and water, cleaning their pens and helping them get used to people.
Colorado elementary-school principal Tobey Bassoff says her goal is to connect with staff and students and create more opportunities for families to engage with the school. Bassoff was selected as the 2017 National Distinguished Principal of the Year for Colorado.
Candidates who are being interviewed by phone must be careful to remain professional and set aside some uninterrupted time, writes Peter Murdock, vice president of recruiting for Blackmon Mooring. In this commentary, he also recommends candidates end the phone interview by asking about the next steps in the process.
Students at two Washington, D.C., schools are learning about US history from the perspectives of nonwhite groups and nontext resources. Students at one school petitioned to rename the Columbus Day holiday as Indigenous Peoples Day after holding a mock trial for the explorer, while students at another school role-played the positions of five groups with varied views about the Dakota Access Pipeline.
First-graders in an Oklahoma elementary school are using stopwatches to build their math, reading and motor skills. Teachers say the stopwatches help boost student engagement in learning and students' use of technology.
Math teacher Robert Ahdoot suggests teachers become "supportive facilitators," who show students how to challenge themselves and embrace struggle. In this blog post, Ahdoot recommends strategies to help students "think critically about their learning methods."
A study in Pediatrics showed that the overall rate of hand and wrist injuries among high-school athletes was 1.7 per 10,000 athlete exposures, and injury rates were three times higher during competition than in practice. Researchers also found the highest injury prevalence in football, while fractures, bruises and ligament sprains were the most common injuries.
Despite optimism about the benefits of open educational resources in K-12 schools, OER has not yet overtaken reliance on traditional textbooks. At issue are that teachers lack the time to piece together free online resources and administrators want full-course curricula that align with state standards, Tara Garcia Mathewson writes.
Harvard University is under investigation by the Department of Justice over its consideration of race in its admission process. The department demanded documents related to Harvard's possible violation of Title VI, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin, in a sign that department officials plan to challenge affirmative action policies in higher education.