A California school district partnered with the nonprofit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship as it expanded its focus on career and technical education. In this commentary, Superintendent Chris Funk shares steps taken to integrate an entrepreneurial mindset throughout the district.
Several states, including Michigan and Colorado, are working to help high-school graduates understand all options available to them, including career and technical education. Wendy Wang, director of research at the Institute for Family Studies, says about one-third of students enroll in college, but advises youths to focus on skills they need to be successful in the workforce.
An Indiana high school is planning to open a free laundry facility for students. Officials say they sought to offer on-site laundry after noticing some students wore the same clothes to school on multiple days, adding that the service could help boost attendance and students' self-esteem.
The Philadelphia Board of Education recently was asked to support the Black Lives Matter Week of Action, to be held Feb. 2 to 10. The Caucus of Working Educators says more than 30 cities plan to participate in the event that seeks to eliminate racism in education.
A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry showed that evaluating interpersonal psychotherapy response and augmenting treatment for inadequate responders at week four of treatment was better in curbing depression symptoms in adolescents compared with assessments at week eight. The findings also showed that boosting psychotherapy at four weeks through additional fluoxetine or session frequency was effective.
An Illinois school district is partnering with Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and a nonprofit employment agency to offer hospital internships to students with special needs through Project Search. Students rotate through three different positions in the hospital to find a field that is a good fit.
The partial federal government shutdown is affecting individuals with special needs through the shuttering of some agencies and with furloughed workers struggling to pay for support services. For example, the shuttered Department of Housing and Urban Development can't renew rental contracts, which affects thousands receiving housing assistance.
A bill making its way through the South Dakota legislature would give schools more flexibility on when to administer standardized tests. The measure, along with an amendment to stop lawmakers from delegating rulemaking authority to the state Board of Education Standards, goes back to the state House after unanimous approval in the Senate.
Connecticut fifth-grader Olivia Nuccio has been named her town's "kid mayor" after she created a campaign platform, produced a video and garnered support for her idea to encourage more physical activity in schools. Nuccio's campaign was part of the statewide Kid Governor civics program, which she didn't win but instead takes the gavel in her town.
Play is an important part of how children learn, writes Amanda Armstrong, a doctoral candidate at New Mexico State University. Armstrong shares several strategies to help integrate play in early education, including recognizing that students have varied play preferences based on their culture and other factors.