New York City schools use computer simulations to help prepare new principals, writes Larry Woodbridge, executive director of principal preparation programs in the New York City Department of Education. Woodbridge shares how simulations can help offer a safe environment to tackle difficult conversations and situations, including exploring racial inequity and school safety.
US colleges, universities and schools are using virtual-reality experiences to recruit students from other countries. Kevin Merges, executive director of Global Education Programs at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, N.J., says VR can improve students' connection to a school by 40% to 70%.
School districts nationwide increasingly are focusing on supporting students' mental health to prevent students from reaching the stage where they consider or attempt suicide. Efforts include enhanced mental health screenings and education programs.
White House recommendations for revamping the higher-education law include allowing federal student aid to cover apprenticeships and other workforce-training initiatives as well as decreasing the amount of time it takes to complete a degree. Other administration priorities include capping student-loan repayments at 12.5% of a borrower's discretionary income and forgiving undergraduate loans after 180 months of payment.
Student achievement gaps have not changed in about 50 years, according to a study by researchers at Stanford and Harvard universities. Researchers say the gap remains despite gains in student achievement through eighth grade and increased investments in education.
Delaware would increase the ranks of counselors, psychologists and mental health professionals in elementary schools and create health centers in "high needs" high schools under bills proposed by two legislators. Supporters cite national data showing the high incidence of mental illness among the young and point to its links to school failure, crime and death by suicide.
Some fifth-grade students at a Texas school are trading their recess time to crochet hats and scarves to donate to homeless shelters. Teacher Charlotte Geisler told students about the effort and says they were eager to crochet for charity.
Some influential women, including three US Supreme Court justices, have cited "Nancy Drew" -- the teenage namesake of a youth detective series -- as an inspiration. Two former first ladies -- Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton -- also have discussed the effect the series had on them as young girls.
High-schoolers in Pennsylvania have created an online library app that allows users to search the school library's database and request to check out books. The app will be recognized at the "House of Code" event in Washington, D.C., in May and one of the creators will show people in Congress how the app works.