The 15th You Be the Chemist National Challenge brought 42 middle-school students from around the country to Washington, D.C., where they vied for a $12,000 scholarship. Students in grades six through eight had to answer questions in front of an audience, and getting to the national championship required them to learn advanced concepts in chemistry.
Idaho State University President Kevin Satterlee says he's constantly working to remove barriers so faculty can do more research and better serve students and the community. Satterlee, who has been in his post just over a year, says his driving question is, "how can we do that differently?"
Tennessee elementary-school principal Sharon Pickering in this Q&A says the biggest inspiration in her life is the students she's "worked, learned and struggled with" over the years. She also praises her staff for being "forward-thinking, flexible, passionate and compassionate for students and families."
Nearly 300 students from eight schools in a Massachusetts district recently took part in a peer-training program from the Anti-Defamation League that addresses discrimination, bullying and prejudice. Older students in the program, which will be continued for the next two years with United Way funding, then talk with younger students about issues and struggles.
Leaders who feel like they are the victim of circumstances and not the creators and visionaries of their organizations are causing more drama than ownership for their team members, writes leadership coach Nicola Albini. The best leaders take responsibility for how their choices create problems and seek creative ways to fix them, Albini writes.
One South Dakota school district is adopting a new policy to address students in danger of committing suicide. Under the policy, more school staff will be trained in ways to spot troubled students, and parents and guardians will be informed when a student shows risk factors.
Boston is beginning a process to eliminate middle schools altogether after the city's school committee took a unanimous vote to do so Wednesday night. The policy aims to minimize the disruptions students experience when they change schools, and under the system they would go directly from elementary to secondary school at grade seven or nine.
Middle-school students were allowed to join the Montana Conservation Corps' youth program in Helena starting this year, making it the Corps' third middle-school program in the state. Students in Helena took part in a six-day program this week that included improvements to Ten Mile Creek Park for which they were joined by Gov. Steve Bullock.
One Texas school district is implementing a new Grow Your Own program that will allow professionals in the community who hold a bachelor's degree to train to become educators. Those who enter the program will take online classes and 30 hours of field work to earn their teacher certification and enter the classroom.
Bringing artificial intelligence into the classroom can benefit teachers and students by challenging the way they look at the world, some experts say. Some teachers' students have designed and debugged chatbots for other teachers, while other students have pursued projects of personal interest, such as a chatbot that helps users determine whether they should consider therapy with a counselor.
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