About 12% of teachers said that more than 60% of students lack the home internet connectivity needed to complete their homework, according to a report released this week by Common Sense Media. In response, about 42% of teachers at high-poverty schools said they avoid assigning homework that would require an internet connection.
Character Day, Sept. 27, is aimed at helping middle- and high-school students develop social and emotional skills, including empathy, perspective, curiosity and perseverance. This year, organizer Tiffany Shlain has integrated into the event the idea of putting away digital devices.
Caring for students in distress -- often in trauma-sensitive schools -- can take a toll on teachers, who often do not get the support that they need. "Teachers are so good at caring about others, who is thought of last? Themselves," said Mona Johnson, director of student support for Washington's state education agency.
Some colleges and universities are starting -- or enhancing -- education programs to grow the teachers of tomorrow, especially in areas such as STEM and English. Even with an increased push, programs are attracting fewer recruits as potential teachers are shifting toward higher-paying opportunities, say experts.
Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg this week told members of the US Congress to "save your praise" of her efforts and instead "unite behind the science" and take action on climate change. Thunberg, who sailed from her native Sweden to the US to avoid emissions, was one of a group of students who are urging action through testimony and climate strikes around the world.
A school district in New York state is calling its decision to pay a ransomware demand a business decision after hackers made its data and technology unusable. The district paid a $10,000 deductible, and its insurance company paid the remainder -- which was less than half of the original $176,000 demand.
Social studies students can use strategies favored by historians to participate in research, such as one class highlighted in this article. Carl Cooper, social studies supervisor in a New Jersey district, writes in this article about how students can learn to think like historians and identify various forms of bias such as gender bias involving their textbook and an Edward Percy Moran painting.
Project Search helps students in special education prepare for and undertake internships so they can develop their "soft skills" and get a better idea of what career will be a good fit for them. In Des Moines, Iowa, program participants will do internships at the Mercy One hospital and learn about opportunities in health care.
There are different steps school leaders can take to ensure that classroom spaces support teaching and learning, writes Fred Ende, assistant director of curriculum and instructional services in a New York state district. In this blog post, he shares three recommendations made in his own district, including adding color to rooms.
Students in a special-education class at Hose Elementary School now have their own iPads, which help them communicate, learn and take state assessment tests. The iPads, which were bought with funds donated by a local business, also help the students work on their reading and handwriting skills.
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