A majority of students' "dream jobs" are 19th- or 20th-century jobs, rather than careers aligned with the emerging economy, according to a global study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The survey of students worldwide finds that both boys and girls aspire to be architects, doctors, business managers, teachers, lawyers and police officers.
The US overall earned a C-plus grade on Education Week's annual Chance-for-Success Index, which measures 13 indicators that encompass the start that students get in life, their ability to navigate school and be successful after high-school graduation. The grade is the average of the state grades, with Massachusetts receiving an A-minus to top the list and a D-plus given to New Mexico, the lowest ranking state.
Traumatic experiences in childhood can affect students' ability to learn, according to Lori Desautels, assistant professor at Butler University in Indianapolis. In this article, Desautels writes about accommodations and strategies to support students who have experienced trauma, such as by identifying trusted school-based adults who can serve as mentors to students.
History students in an Illinois high school have had a lot of questions about the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump so teacher Ronnie Woods is teaching about the historic event. Woods said he hopes the lessons about the impeachment process helps students learn about the world and become adults who are "competent" voters.
Women are underrepresented among leadership in K-12 technology, members of an all-female leadership panel said at FETC 2020. Panelists detailed instances of sexism, but they were confident the trend could be reversed with a focus on creating diverse teams.
Researchers have identified 102 genes tied to autism spectrum disorder, 49 of which also are associated with other developmental delays. The findings in the journal Cell, based on data involving more than 35,000 individuals, may prompt improved understanding of ASD causes and the development of new treatments for severely impaired children, researcher Joseph Buxbaum said.
Students with disabilities in New York's Seaford School District prepare for independence and the working world in the district's Career Development/Life Skills Program. Students in Seaford and other districts typically enter the program around age 14 and are integrated into the daily routine at Seaford High School as they learn workplace skills and gain on-the-job experience.
Students in the technology club at Hastings Middle School in Nebraska are encouraged to pursue their interests in coding, robotics and other subjects -- and help each other succeed. Terry Julian, the school's technology facilitator, says she hopes to prepare students to fill tech-centered jobs with looming shortages such as software developers and computer scientists.
More states are looking to expand free student meals to address issues such as lunch-shaming, unpaid meal debt and the proposed changes in federal regulations on nutrition program eligibility. Vermont is considering legislation to make school meals free for all students and Oregon last year expanded access to free meals, while on the federal level, the Universal School Meals Program Act would prohibit schools in the National School Lunch Program from denying any student a breakfast or lunch.
Casper the golden retriever will help students at Swanson Elementary School who have autism or sensory issues participate more fully in school activities. The dog is trained to provide deep pressure therapy to children in distress, and students can also earn extra time with Casper for positive behavior.
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