Tennessee middle-school principal Kevin Eady comes in early and stays late every day to show students that he supports them and wants to know them better. Eady says he seeks "teachable moments" with students to help them learn from their mistakes.
High-scoring middle-school students recently competed in the annual Mathcounts contest, sponsored by the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers as part of a national competition that offers awards and scholarships. Brian Meyers, president of the group, says it is important to cultivate students' passion for math.
An Ohio school's positive behavior program is intertwined with financial-literacy lessons. Intervention specialist Nancy Rocco teaches her students how to save their "Ybucks" to purchase larger items from an Amazon-type catalog as part of social studies lessons on fiscal responsibility.
Fourth- and fifth-graders at a Florida elementary school looked to geometry for clothing-creation inspiration during a recent lesson. Students modeled their designs during a fashion show, and the winner's outfit will be sewn into wearable pieces.
Educators at a Washington high school are providing several options to help freshmen succeed in algebra. Course options include a traditional algebra course, intensified algebra and a two-block class that incorporates business and manufacturing.
Big data has changed how college admissions officials are recruiting and enrolling students, says David Hawkins, executive director for educational content and policy at the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Admissions leaders offer their best practices for using data to identify fertile recruitment areas and identify potentially successful students.
An analysis of 30 private universities with the largest endowments found that they offered students a 30% discount on tuition, outpacing the average of a 17% discount given at large public colleges and universities. Larger enrollments at public institutions could explain the disparity, says Kenneth Redd, senior director of research and policy analysis at the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
High-school students in a Massachusetts district will be eligible to earn industry certifications through a newly expanded dual-credit partnership with an area college. The program allows students to earn certifications as computer numerical control technicians, emergency medical technicians and IT professionals.