Educators and education researchers say that "personalized learning" encompasses many strategies -- some that require technology and others that do not. John Pane, an education researcher at RAND Corporation, says that personalized learning can give students more control over their own education, but one of his studies provides a "warning sign" because it shows the approach could negatively affect learning in some schools.
Students who struggle with executive-functioning skills need additional support with tasks, such as planning a project or keeping track of belongings. The article includes 10 strategies to help teach all students, including those with executive-functioning challenges, how to organize and prioritize, such as making assignment details memorable and spacing out assignment dates.
School-improvement plans do not focus enough on equity, according to a study by HCM Strategists and the Collaborative for Student Success. They analyzed data from 17 states and found that many state plans spoke about equity but did not explain steps schools should take to address inequities related to teacher quality, enrichment opportunities and curriculum.
Students with special needs at a Connecticut high school help run a cafe at city hall as part of the district's Pathways program that provides outside work experience. The cafe is part of a partnership with a business at city hall, and students in the culinary arts program create part of the menu from daily specials to seasonal treats.
Project-based learning can motivate early learners, several presenters said at a recent National Association for the Education of Young Children conference. Michael Haslip, an assistant professor of early-childhood education at Drexel University, said when introducing PBL in kindergarten classrooms, educators should balance academic lessons with a fun activity.
More than two-thirds of states track chronic-absenteeism rates under the Every Student Succeeds Act -- to assess how schools are doing -- so many school leaders are trying to tackle the problem. In an Alabama school district, officials enlist social workers to help families in need, and in one New Mexico high school, an official has offered students free donuts if they arrive before the school day starts.
President Donald Trump's administration has proposed new regulations that would expand the types of public benefits that can be considered when determining if an immigrant should be excluded from permanent residence in the US. The so-called "public charge" change has some California officials concerned that fewer immigrant children will receive the health care and nutrition benefits for which they are eligible.
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 stack of letters written during World War II has helped reconnect a German man who as a child fled the Nazis with a relative of the family who helped with the escape. Journalist Uri Berliner recounts the tale of how his 94-year-old father, Gert, survived and how he has retraced his father's journey to Sweden and the US.
Schools increasingly are focused on ensuring that education technologies are available to all students, including students with slow internet connections and those with disabilities. This increased focus is putting pressure on the education-technology industry to make accessibility solutions more affordable.
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