English-language learners at Farrington High School in Honolulu wrote poems in English and their native languages about their experiences leaving their home countries and adjusting to a new culture. The school published their poetry in a book titled, "Voice: Poetry by the Youth of Kalihi."
Students from low-income families are three times less likely to be engaged in after-school activities -- causing an extracurricular gap among students -- writes Amy Anderson of ReSchool Colorado and Julia Freeland Fisher of the Clayton Christensen Institute. Anderson and Fisher detail why extracurricular activities matter and offer suggestions on organizations that can help.
Teachers' wages -- when adjusted for inflation -- have declined during the past two decades, while wages have increased for other similarly educated workers, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by the Economic Policy Institute. Lawrence Mishel, co-author of the report, says the wage discrepancy may affect teacher recruitment, students and the country overall.
Data show that relatively few US students who have visual impairments or blindness learn Braille, but Lego Group and Lego Foundation are seeking to increase that use. Lego Braille bricks are being tested in four countries and in four languages, including English, and have printed alphabet letters as well, so users with vision can interact and socialize with peers who have visual impairments.
There are more than 400 languages and dialects that some linguists think started 6,000 years ago in Asia, according to a recently published study. Researchers examined common base words of more than 100 languages in the Sino-Tibetan language family, which they say is the second largest in the world after Indo-European languages.
School districts nationwide are implementing programs aimed at curbing food insecurity among students, including by delivering meals to students via food trucks and installing on-campus food pantries. Some schools also are expanding food service to students -- such as offering breakfast carts -- through corporate donations.
A little-used 20-year-old provision included in No Child Left Behind and the Every Student Succeeds Act that allows students to transfer out of "persistently dangerous" schools is being studied by the US Education Department. Only eight states and Puerto Rico have designated dangerous schools and federal officials want to know how they've implemented the policy.
Teachers can help students with executive function and organization difficulties stay on top of their papers and assignments, writes educational therapist Ezra Werb. Online tools can help students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other related disorders track assignments and deadlines, and learning management systems, in particular, can make it easier to apply instructor feedback to specific areas of work, Werb writes.
Showing everyday uses for math, injecting more humor and creating fun competitions and projects would get more students engaged in math, according to a survey of 16- to 18-year-olds by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The data show that 34% of students say teachers can help by providing more one-on-one instruction and 40% of students say asking for help will improve their math skills.
Alan Miller of the nonprofit News Literacy Project writes that determining what information to trust is really important and he uses the example of the current measles outbreak, which officials have said was caused in part by anti-vaccination messages on social media. Miller writes that his organization teaches students to apply critical thinking to information they encounter online and to consider it carefully before sharing it.
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