A Massachusetts school district is using the Devereux Students Strengths Assessment to measure students' social and emotional learning competencies. Gina Hurley, director of student services, says educators can use the assessment results to identify students who need additional SEL support.
Some students in a Washington state district are taking an early morning course -- called "zero-hour" classes -- that allows room in their schedules for more electives or college-preparatory classes during standard school hours. Some experts and educators say they are concerned that these additional classes could lead to excessive stress and cut into the amount of sleep teenage students need.
Some students struggle with in-person communication and prefer to communicate via text message, asserts Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University. In this blog post, Chandler shares several activities to help students build better social communication skills, including some that integrate digital tools.
Digital Citizenship Week begins today and there are several resources available to help teach such citizenship lessons to students. Data show that 70% of teenagers say they use social media several times a day -- up from 34% in 2012 -- and 38% of teens report using social media multiple times each hour.
Schools in a number of Florida school districts affected by Hurricane Michael remain closed because of extensive damage. In the Bay School District, officials are considering ways to get students back into classrooms, including a proposal to share campuses that are still in good condition.
Some Michigan school districts are testing a science curriculum based on answering research questions, holding student discussions and performing project-based learning, such as having students conduct research about squirrels. The Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning Project is a collaboration of two Michigan universities that have received grant funding from the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
Teacher Michael Craig started a school farm seven years ago to provide hands-on instruction and work experience for older students with disabilities in a Michigan school district. In this Q&A, Craig describes how he started the program, how he funds it and how he manages it daily.
Students from one Mississippi school dressed as notable historic figures and current athletes to create a living wax museum visited by their families and peers. Students posed at various stations and recited facts about the figure when a visitor pressed a button on their display.
Some Iowa high-school students are using their math and science skills to design and build arcade games, including a pool table made from cardboard and drinking cups. Students charged a small fee to play the games during parent-teacher conferences, an exercise that is also teaching students about budgeting and other business skills, school officials say.
A Maryland school district has responded to increasing demand for career and technical education courses by rebuilding the Thomas Edison High School of Technology and expanding its course offerings. Across the country, nearly 8.2 million students are enrolled in CTE programs -- about 700,000 more than 10 years ago -- according to data from the US Department of Education.
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