Students at Edgewood Middle School in Edgewood, Md., built a "storybook trail" based on the children's book "Where the Wild Things Are" on the campus of a neighboring elementary school to encourage reading in the outdoors. Eighth-graders who worked on the project walked the trail with second-graders this week for the grand opening.
Tennessee school district superintendent John Aitken began his nearly four-decade-long career as a math teacher and coach and says that, as he retires, it's interaction with the students that he will miss the most. He says he hopes that his successor is able to "concentrate on kids, students, relationships with all of the staff members and continue to build on the positive."
Students at a Massachusetts middle school recently practiced their Latin during an annual gladiator battle using cardboard swords and shields. Latin teacher Abbi Holt says the activity engages students by immersing them in a culture and language that requires imagination because it no longer exists.
Elementary-school students in one Florida district are using virtual reality goggles to visit places such as the moon, Paris and the Galapagos Islands. A local parents' group raised money to buy the technology, which officials say gives students a chance to learn collaboration and problem-solving skills.
The Connecticut House of Representatives has passed a measure that would require schools to offer courses on black and Latino studies beginning in 2021. The courses created by the bill would be electives but critics say its best to keep all history together instead of singling out some cultures and not others.
Eighteen middle-school students from Buffalo, N.Y., gave 3- to 6-minute oratory presentations in the final round of the local school district's 112th Annual Richmond Speaking Contest. The students had to give memorized speeches to a lecture hall without using microphones in the contest, which aims to boost public speaking skills.
Students, teachers and staff at Lincoln Middle School in Rockford, Ill., are cutting down on the school's food waste as part of a University of Illinois research project. The students separate what's left after they eat lunch, putting organic waste aside to compost in the school garden and leaving behind uneaten food on a share cart.
Some schools are building educational frameworks to develop "global professional skills," or GPS, at all grade levels, John McCarthy writes. The GPS rubric includes empathy, problem-solving, social and emotional learning, creativity, collaboration and other elements that proponents say will give students a competitive edge in the workforce no matter what career path they pursue.
Shakae Dupre-Campbell, the principal of Middle Years Alternative for the Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia, says she has shared personal stories with staff and faculty to help motivate them to better serve students. Making herself vulnerable helped build trust with her team and prompted them to motivate each other to achieve goals, she explains in this commentary.
The Oregon House of Representatives has passed a measure requiring the state board of education to develop rules and policies aimed at preventing student suicides. "Adi's Act," which was named for high-school student Adi Staub who committed suicide in 2017, awaits the signature of Gov. Kate Brown.
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