The number of children who drew a female when asked to draw a scientist has increased over the past five decades, according to an analysis of children's drawings in 78 studies over 50 years. Researchers also found that younger children were more likely to draw a female scientist.
Current students and graduates from a cosmetology career and technical education program recently provided a pop-up hair-and-care clinic at a New York elementary school. The makeshift salon was provided over three days with the young students receiving haircuts and tips about hair care and hygiene.
Alan Goodwin, principal of Walt Whitman High School, says his passion is helping students solve their problems and that he has appreciated the support of both teachers and parents. Goodwin, who will retire after 14 years as principal of the Maryland school, says he will miss the challenges of running the school and describes his retirement as "bittersweet."
Students with disabilities are placed in inclusive settings more often at charter schools than at traditional public schools, according to a report by the nonprofit National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools. Data show almost 85% of students in charters were placed in general-education classrooms for most of the day, compared with 68% of students at traditional schools.
Colleges and universities are spending time and money implementing programs to boost enrollment and help students graduate. One such program, Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, has helped the City University of New York nearly double the graduation rate among participants, but per-student costs are proving prohibitive for some schools.
Companies are dealing with a tight labor market by increasing efforts to hire older workers, who provide experience, stability and a wealth of knowledge in the workplace. Perks used to recruit older workers include flexible schedules, exercise classes, increased matches for 401(k) plans, and information on Social Security and financial wellness in retirement.
High-school students in Minnesota are honing their manufacturing skills by constructing fishing rods and rattle reels that are sold at local stores. The sales helped the students earn about $500, which will go toward purchasing more materials.
A group of high-school students from Pennsylvania will spend their spring break volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans. During the trip, students will spend about two days working to build a home in the city, which continues to recover from damage done by Hurricane Katrina more than a decade ago.
About 1,500 high-school and college students in Tennessee showcased their career and technical skills recently during SkillsUSA Tennessee's State Leadership and Skills Conference. Over 200 students are expected to advance to the national competition.