Adolescents who have experienced biased-based bullying, meaning they were bullied because of their race, sexual orientation, disability or religion, often reported school avoidance, psychological and academic difficulties, and fear of physical harm, according to a study in the journal Psychology of Violence. Researchers also found that those who were victims of general bullying -- not those who experienced single or multiple bias-based bullying -- benefited from support from family, teachers, peers and the community, while victims of single bias-based and general bullying benefited from school safety and security measures.
High-school students in one Iowa district will be required to take geometry and two sections of algebra starting in the 2019-20 school year. Officials also will eliminate some math courses that don't meet current standards and will rename some social studies courses to more accurately reflect their subjects.
Against the backdrop of the testing opt-out movement and a push for personalized learning, many education reformers are speaking out against traditional assessments, including several attendees at a recent Center on Reinventing Public Education event. Sandy Kress, who helped develop the No Child Left Behind law, was concerned about the criticism and suggested that policy leaders should focus on improving testing -- not eliminating it.
Students can be intimidated if asked to respond to or analyze visual texts, such as a painting or photograph, writes National Board Certified Teacher Marilyn Pryle. In this article, she shares that she encourages students to find the focus, consider colors and point out the perspective.
Second-graders at a Michigan elementary school are writing persuasive essays to encourage people to adopt pets from an animal shelter. Two teachers have worked with an author to offer feedback to students on their work, which is being posted in the shelter and on its Facebook page.
Amazon announced Tuesday it would open new headquarters in Queens, N.Y., and in Virginia. In New York, officials say Amazon's commitment to contribute space for a new middle school will not do much to help the public-school system's overcrowded classrooms, and in Virginia, one university has announced plans to build an "innovation campus" near the new Amazon site.
The Colorado Department of Education has unveiled an alternative history curriculum on indigenous peoples for fourth-grade students. The lessons -- written and approved by the Southern Ute and the Ute Mountain Ute tribes -- cover areas such as tribal governance, language and arts.
Students with special needs in an Ohio school district presented projects they had worked on for the district's annual Exceptional Science Fair. Students worked on the projects, aligned with high-school science standards, throughout the school year, and some worked with peers in general-education science, technology, engineering and math courses.
A university math professor in Georgia and one of her students have created a comic book aimed at helping elementary-school students learn fractions. The comic book, the first in a three-part series, also offers puzzles, games and worksheets for students.
School principals often have to address difficult student behaviors, including potential criminal issues such as underage drinking, sexual assault and racially motivated aggression. Mary Pat Cumming, principal of a Minneapolis high school, is building a curriculum to train her students about sexual-consent issues -- a move requested by a student who was the victim of sexual assault.