Schools should ensure equal access for English-language learners to science, technology, engineering and math instruction, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report contains recommendations on how schools can better integrate ELLs in STEM education courses.
Fantasy role-playing games such as "Dungeons & Dragons" can help improve students' academic performances as well as social and emotional skills, according to research by professor David Simkins of the Rochester Institute of Technology. The research shows that role-playing games can increase learning and intellectual curiosity in subjects from math and science to critical reading and history, Simkins said.
Preparing children for a future workforce involving machine learning and data algorithms starts with ensuring teachers are ready and equipped to prepare their students, Microsoft Ireland's head of education, Kevin Marshall, says. Education-technology advocate Abdul Chohan says that teaching skills such as coding will expose students to "computational thinking" -- logic and patterns -- as well as enhance their social and emotional skills.
Many Democratic candidates running for national and state offices are touting the benefits of free tuition and debt-free college proposals. Some party strategists say the proposals may go too far and could alienate some voters who may see the programs as too expensive.
The US economy has benefited from the country's entrepreneurial spirit and its toleration of "creative destruction," write former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and The Economist political editor Adrian Wooldridge. In this essay, they assert that financial-system reforms and a tightening of entitlement spending are needed to ensure the country's long-term economic strength.
For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, an MBA can enhance their ability to build a solid business plan and learn leadership skills, according to Jatin Bhandari, founder of InterviewNinjas and PythaGurus. Bhandari asserts an MBA also can give professionals credibility and access to a wider network of partners, mentors and customers.
The Tyrannosaurus rex's tiny arms were more useful than previously thought, according to findings presented at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology's annual meeting. Researchers used turkey and alligator elbows to simulate movements of a T. rex joint, finding that its ability to rotate its forearms and hands toward the chest may have made it easier to bring prey closer to its mouth.
More than 100 Virginia companies offered seventh-graders a look at their fields during the annual Worlds of Work expo. Demonstrations included learning CPR with EMS personnel and simulations in masonry and welding.
Students at two Oregon middle schools are provided with free after-school tutoring if they are struggling in math or language arts. At one school, counselors and instructional assistants identify and contact parents of students who would benefit from the program, held twice a week and taught by certified teachers.
Colorado high-school principal Tharyn Mulberry will be inducted into the hall of fame at a school he formerly led in recognition of his six years of leadership there. Mulberry, who now leads a different school, helped to turn around his former school by introducing AP classes and boosting academic rigor, a member of the selection committee said.
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