The way students process stress could affect their scores on standardized tests, including the PSAT, writes Ned Johnson, founder and president of tutoring firm PrepMatters. In this guest blog post, he shares several tips for parents who want to help worried students manage test stress.
Some schools nationwide are using "physical computing" -- hands-on strategies and physical tools -- to teach students about computer science and computational thinking. Rashmi Pimprikar, program director of science, technology, engineering, arts and math and computer-science initiatives for Boston public schools, says the approach encourages problem-solving and creativity.
The US Department of Education recently announced a $2.5 million program to help students with autism or learning disabilities use virtual-reality programs to develop social skills. The VOISS: Virtual Reality Opportunities to Implement Social Skills program was developed by researchers at the University of Kansas' Center for Research on Learning and Department of Special Education to help students learn social cues in a safe, virtual environment.
The number of Colorado students using school choice programs to attend schools in other districts has increased by 58% over 10 years, according to a report by the conservative advocacy organization Ready Colorado. Data show that the majority of these students attend traditional public schools, not charters, and are more likely to come from white, middle- or upper-class families.
School leaders should consider how they manage change, writes Steve Baule, assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. In this commentary, he shares lessons he learned about change management, including the need for appropriate training and support.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan plans to ask state lawmakers to use $1.9 billion of state casino revenue to fund school construction over the next five years. The funding, which would be added to the $1.6 billion already slated for school construction, would pay for repairs and new construction.
The Accelerating Campus Excellence turnaround has proven to be effective across the Dallas school district, says Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. However, he says the price tag -- about an extra $1 million per ACE school -- could limit the expansion of the program.
All states have plans in place to help student athletes "return to play" after a concussion, but only five states have plans to help students transition back into the classroom, said Rich Bomgardner, program director of Athletic Training at Wichita State University, whose son suffered a concussion in high school. He surveyed teachers and coaches in Kansas, 44% of whom reported working with students who had learning problems linked to concussions, especially in math or foreign-language courses.
Education researchers at MIT are developing a way to assess students to measure skills such as creativity, critical thinking and curiosity. The "playful assessment" approach has the potential to change teaching and learning overall, in part, by making assessments less threatening, MIT researcher Yoon Jeon Kim says.
Offering students equal access to technology in the classroom is key to addressing achievement gaps, writes Kevin Ghost, director of technology and network administrator for the Connellsville Area School District in Pennsylvania. In this commentary, he shares steps his district took to promote tech equity, including looking for financing and working with teachers.
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