About 2,500 students from middle school through graduate school participate in summer programs and get scholarships to learn about science, technology, engineering and math through the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program. Michael Bourdukofsky, a civil engineer and chief operating officer of ANSEP, says the program helps students combat stereotypes about native culture.
Ontario, Canada, has canceled plans to open a French-language university in Toronto's downtown in 2020. The institution was to have offered courses in business, technology and health sciences to French-speaking students who come from local schools, said Jacques Kenny, chairman of the French Catholic School board.
Two California universities have adopted a program designed to have undergraduate student tutors help preschool-aged children improve their math skills. The Preschool Counts program, first piloted in 2013 at Stanford University, is free for public-school districts.
Teachers are the backbone of the educational system, and, as such, should be supported, asserts Julia Gillard, head of the Global Partnership for Education. In this commentary, she writes about the reforms taking place to help recruit, train and retain top teachers, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
Students in New Zealand are happier and healthier than those in the US, suggests Brian Ristow, a special-education teacher at a California middle school, who traveled to the country as a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching recipient. In this blog post, he offers five ways that other countries could learn from New Zealand's success, including encouraging students to take risks and teaching them how to be responsible.
Integrating art and design in science, technology, engineering and math lessons improves learning for elementary-school students, asserts STEAM instructor Rebecca Bersani. In this commentary, she writes that STEAM integrates problem-solving and hands-on learning and helps students develop more confidence.
Teachers should let their values and their mission guide the roughly 1,500 decisions they make daily, writes National Board Certified Teacher Rita Platt. In this blog post, Platt shares her decision-making process, including how she developed a list of core values that best represent her.
Eighth-grade math teachers at a Kentucky middle school have started a YouTube channel to provide videos that show student viewers several ways to work out math problems. The teachers say they already are seeing students more engaged and performing better in class thanks to the videos.
Whitney Short, a National Agriscience Teacher of the Year from Ohio, says she overhauled her agriculture courses to include 21st-century lessons in subjects such as biotechnology, food science and veterinary training. Her courses now focus on project-based lessons, including the "Chicken Challenge," in which students look for ways to "produce the best chickens for market in the least amount of time."
Auburn University in Alabama has launched a two-year, nondegree program to teach independent living skills to students with intellectual disabilities and give them a college experience. Students work at on-campus jobs, live in the dorms and attend classes.