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.
An elementary school in New York state moved beyond students identified as gifted to welcome all students into enrichment courses, writes National Board Certified Teacher Dorothy Venditto. In this blog post, she shares how the schoolwide enrichment program has improved outcomes for students while promoting inclusivity and choice.
Having students talk through their ideas with teachers or peers can help them better explain their thoughts and arguments in writing, assert author Sarah Tantillo and teacher Bianca Licata. In this article, they share strategies Licata used in her class to improve her eighth-graders' ability to explain themselves in writing.
A class of Wisconsin middle-school students learned about the 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, that led the US to enter World War II during a visit to the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. The tour, on the 77th anniversary of the attack, included having teachers lead students in small groups among six museum stations.
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.
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