A Pennsylvania middle school has created an innovation class where students work on solutions to real-world problems. Students are creating plans for a new market area opening in their town and will present their ideas to owners in a format modeled after the reality television show "Shark Tank."
Massachusetts elementary-school principal Timothy Lee says he'll focus on revamping math and reading curricula to improve students' academic success and introduce social and emotional learning to boost positive behavior. Lee, in this Q&A, says some of his favorite parts of the job include greeting students in the mornings and sitting in on classes.
Students in a gifted-education program at a New Mexico middle school are producing a shadow play about Navajo history and culture. Two students adapted an existing play to cover topics such as the Treaty of 1868, the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II and "new monsters" affecting the tribe such as addiction.
A Texas junior high school is offering an outdoor activities course to sixth- and seventh-graders as an alternative to a traditional physical-education class. The course will cover topics such as camping skills, hiking, fishing and hunting safety.
Hawaii school districts are relying more on teachers without certification as vacancies rise and the number of teachers leaving the state increases as well, according to data from the Hawaii Department of Education. Hawaii school Superintendent Christina Kishimoto says the department is focusing on strategies to retain current educators and recruit new ones.
Some Missouri school districts are restricting student use of cellphones during the school day to help reduce incidents of cyberbullying. A new law passed two years ago by the state legislature requires districts to include cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policies beginning in the 2017-18 school year.
According to new A-F school accountability grades released this week by the Indiana State Board of Education, almost two-thirds of the state's schools earned grades of A and B. The grades are based on criteria such as student progress and standardized test scores.
About 1,500 teachers in Maryland, Colorado and Iowa soon will learn more about how students' brains work under a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative-backed pilot program. The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning has received $1 million from the initiative to expand its Neuroteach Global online professional-development platform that provides short lessons about "the science behind how the brain learns, works, and thrives," said Glenn Whitman, the center's director.
Congressional Democrats introduced a measure this week that would ban schools that receive federal funds from using isolation rooms and would limit when they can use physical restraints. The Keeping All Students Safe Act would set a "nationwide minimum safety standard," said Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., and complement an Every Student Succeeds Act requirement that districts develop behavioral-intervention plans.
Teachers and students from an Alabama school district's career academy program provided hands-on demonstrations in science, technology, engineering and math for area fourth-graders. The program aims to show students potential STEM careers before they start STEM programs in middle school, teacher Tiffany Stonecipher said.
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