The achievement gap between black and white students is tied to gaps in discipline rates, according to an analysis of data from the Civil Rights Data Collection and the Stanford Education Data Archive. Francis Pearman, lead author of the study, says the findings show that intervention efforts aimed at closing achievement gaps and addressing discipline may have "spillover effects on each other."
Middle-school students in Michigan's Kent City Community Schools who have behavioral or academic challenges are placed in the Success on Alternate Roads intervention program. SOAR works with students who have difficulty learning in mainstream classrooms and provides them with tools to succeed in both life and academics.
Schools in Chicago are closed today as the city's teachers' have gone on strike. City officials and the teachers' union failed to come to an agreement on pay, class sizes and other issues affecting about 25,000 teachers in Chicago Public Schools.
Students of all ages can benefit from using dictation in English classes, Joanna Marsh writes in this article. A primary-school teacher in Australia, Marsh recommends using dictation to teach punctuation and sentence structure to students in early grades and dictogloss activities in middle- and high-school grades.
Students at a New Mexico elementary school are learning core subjects in Spanish and English in the district's bilingual program, which is open to all students. The program seeks to help students achieve proficiency in both languages while also keeping heritage speakers connected to their culture.
Integration of STEM disciplines can lead to more meaningful outcomes for students, writes Fred Ende, assistant director of curriculum and instructional services in a New York state district. In this blog post, he makes three suggestions for integration, including connecting students' work to real-world situations.
Students with access to universal free meals had better reading and math test scores, the equivalent of about six to 10 weeks of learning, according to a study by researchers at Syracuse University's Center for Policy Research. The study did not find a connection between free meals and improved attendance or lower obesity rates.
A Minnesota school district is expanding its mental health and wellness resources by bringing in therapy dogs, besides offering after-school appointments with a social worker or psychologist. "Oftentimes, dogs are the gateway" to students seeking help, says school psychologist Terese Kunick.
Congress will take action to "address the extraordinary unfairness" of NCAA rules against athletes profiting from their skills, said Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, this week during a roundtable discussion. Romney spoke in support of a House bill that would allow athletes to accept endorsement deals and says he will meet with supporters before introducing a similar Senate measure.
Every piranha has a set of interlocked sharp teeth ready and waiting should something happen to their current set, according to findings published in Evolution & Development. "The new teeth wear the old ones as 'hats' until they are ready to erupt," says Adam Summers, a study co-author.
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