Students across the US learned about the service of military members during Veterans Day events, including a ceremony and breakfast for veterans hosted by members of a West Virginia high school's chapter of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. Other events included a musical tribute at a South Carolina elementary school, a visit from a veterans' service dogs organization at a Pennsylvania middle school, and video interviews with veterans conducted by an Illinois high school's students to learn about experiences in the military.
More K-12 teachers are using the popular escape room concept as a fun way to help students develop problem-solving skills. At a school in Michigan, teachers created an escape room with a candy factory theme, in which students searched for clues and answered questions related to their English-language arts curriculum.
The Federal Communications Commission is considering changes to Educational Broadband Service spectrum licenses -- many of which were earmarked for school districts and educational institutions -- that would open existing spectrum licenses to the open market. The move also would allow new licenses to go to districts for free, including in rural areas, where officials want to use them to expand broadband access in their communities and close the homework gap.
An Iowa school district has expanded its Best Buddies program, which pairs students with special needs with peer mentors for social activities, in all three of its high schools. Among the more popular activities is a basketball game of Best Buddies members between two of the high schools.
A recent math fair at a Colorado college challenged 200 fourth- through eighth-grade students to play math games to build their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Fort Lewis College holds the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, now in its third year, with the goal of making math more creative, said Anne McCarthy, the college's associate vice president for academic affairs.
A study shows that college freshmen who befriend people with good study habits, or have a studious roommate, tend to slightly increase their grades and spend more time studying. Researchers say the study of Berea College students also show friends and roommates with poor study habits tend to negatively influence other students' grades and study habits.
Policy creation and school culture are intertwined, writes middle-school principal Matthew Howell. In this blog post, he shares the importance of focusing on education policy goals -- and how those policies can support school culture and lead to better outcomes for students.
Now that the midterm elections are over, Democratic challengers soon may emerge to face President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Several of the potential candidates could highlight education issues as they appeal to the American public.
A high school in Texas will award letterman jackets -- typically reserved for student-athletes -- based on academic achievement. Dean of Instruction Linda Buie said the jackets will be awarded based on exam performance at the end of the year or based on getting certain credits or certifications through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual credit, or career and technical programs.
A new six-year plan in Indiana to boost instruction in science, technology, engineering and math would require all teachers to learn project-based problem-solving teaching strategies. The Indiana Department of Education plans to ask state lawmakers for $20 million to support the STEM push.