Kindergartners at two North Carolina district schools are learning languages in a new bilingual program that officials say will improve students' learning. At one school, students are learning Spanish and English, while students at the other school have that option or can learn Urdu and English.
Educators can make math relevant to students by incorporating it across subjects and focusing more on "computational thinking," says Conrad Wolfram, founder of Computers-Based Math. In this Q&A, Wolfram argues that since computers do most of the computation these days, students need to learn how to answer more complex questions.
Jen Schneider, a middle-school language arts teacher in Nebraska, uses a "genius hour" to help students find the connection between academic lessons and their prospective career paths. In this commentary, she shares how this strategy is helping students explore possible careers and gain experience, including one student who learned more about photography and eventually started her own business.
Virginia middle-school principal Hamish Brewer skateboards down school hallways and maintains a unique leadership style rooted in the belief that every student is capable of learning and deserves a voice. "You show me a kid that can't learn, I've just met a teacher that gave up on 'em," Brewer says.
Educators should not shy away from addressing race and racism, National Board Certified Teacher Leah Wilson asserts in a response to a question posed in this blog post. Wilson shares that it has been her practice to have open conversations with students, including about racist language in novels.
A new Saturday math club held by one Louisiana school district wants to improve the math skills of area elementary and middle-school students. Club members will go on field trips and hear from professionals about why math is important, district officials say.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst will use a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to advance equity for women and men of color working in the school's science, technology, engineering and math fields. Under the ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant, the school will focus on research collaboration, mentoring and shared governance to promote diversity and equity.
University of Florida researcher Dr. Paul Castillo has been awarded a $200,000 grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels to study pediatric cancer. The grant is one of 38 that the initiative plans to hand out in September, which is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
At a recent optics and lasers conference, researchers presented a flexible fiber-optic photoacoustic imaging device that uses a focused pulse laser to highlight tissue and spot optically induced ultrasound waves. The technology could be used in endoscopes and other medical devices as well as wearable sensors.
Distance is a key factor in social relationships, with an analysis of Facebook data showing that Americans are much more likely to be connected to people in nearby counties than in far-off regions that share similar demographics. Other factors, including historical migration patterns, physical boundaries and state borders, also help explain social connections.