Three Southern California school districts are implementing mental health and behavior support systems for all students to help reduce unnecessary special-education referrals and keep students in the least-restrictive environment possible. The multitiered approach integrates positive behavior modeling, as well as group and one-on-one counseling.
Some children with developmental or intellectual disabilities are prone to wandering off, which can put them in danger. Schools and parents are increasingly turning to technological solutions, such as wristbands or waistbands with GPS trackers, to quickly locate children with special needs who have gone missing.
The EF+Math Program is focusing on improving the way students learn math. The effort, funded by NewSchools Venture Fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, aims to create strategies that develop students' executive-function skills and boost math outcomes.
A study by the nonprofit Stop Abusive and Violent Environments finds that 57% of the colleges it reviewed have gender-specific scholarships, especially in STEM fields, which the group argues may constitute discrimination against men. However, the National Women's Law Center's Emily Martin says such scholarships that aim to counter gender imbalances in those fields are permitted under Title IX.
A class of Kentucky eighth-grade students have produced a coloring book featuring hand-drawn images of historic buildings in their town including city hall and their own school. The 15-page book was produced with the help of the local library's genealogy department and a business association.
Jefferson High School in Texas has added an EMT class to its career and technical education program. The course is available through a partnership with Panola College and includes classroom time and work with EMTs and hospitals.
A'ndrea Fisher, a teacher and gifted and talented facilitator at Pieper Ranch Middle School in Texas, looks outside her own classroom to find ways to spark curiosity in her students. Fisher has used Read Across America to help students make connections at other schools, and last year her class took part in the Nepris program, which provides hands-on experiences with industry experts with the goal of encouraging critical thinking.
Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory have observed a pair of record-breaking lightning flashes, one that covered an exceptionally long distance and one that lasted an unusually long time, through studying data collected by a new automated processing system that's described in the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres. A flash recorded over Brazil measured about 673 kilometers long, while a lightning flash that occurred in the central US lasted for 13.5 seconds, researchers say.
Wyoming County Schools in West Virginia is using proximity learning to remotely connect subject-certified teachers with students in English-language arts and math. Many of these teachers are also National Board certified, says Superintendent Deirdre Cline.
Spring Hill Elementary in Knoxville, Tenn., is using an outdoor sensory garden to prevent disruptive behavior through positive behavioral interventions and supports. "This space allows a child, instead of going to a time-out area or a time-away area, to go out there and maybe work with the different activities and have that sensory need met," says Principal Denise Cross.
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