Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan plans to ask state lawmakers to use $1.9 billion of state casino revenue to fund school construction over the next five years. The funding, which would be added to the $1.6 billion already slated for school construction, would pay for repairs and new construction.
The Accelerating Campus Excellence turnaround has proven to be effective across the Dallas school district, says Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. However, he says the price tag -- about an extra $1 million per ACE school -- could limit the expansion of the program.
All states have plans in place to help student athletes "return to play" after a concussion, but only five states have plans to help students transition back into the classroom, said Rich Bomgardner, program director of Athletic Training at Wichita State University, whose son suffered a concussion in high school. He surveyed teachers and coaches in Kansas, 44% of whom reported working with students who had learning problems linked to concussions, especially in math or foreign-language courses.
Students at a Texas elementary school recently learned about shopping on a budget during a financial-literacy exercise. The students were given debit cards with a pretend balance and they had to figure out how many holiday gifts they could afford to buy for friends and family members on their lists.
The skills and expertise of paraeducators are essential to the learning outcomes of students with special needs, educator Rita Platt writes in this blog post. She shares suggestions, including how to handle communication issues between paraprofessionals and teachers, and the need for providing paraprofessionals with ongoing professional development.
Therapy dogs offer comfort and engagement to help students overcome challenges such as learning to read or recovering from brain injuries. A Utah public library's Reading Education Assistance Dogs program has helped more than 1,000 children gain confidence in their reading skills by reading aloud to dogs and has drawn attention from others seeking to start similar programs.
Students at a Massachusetts school are raising funds for a headstone for what may be the grave of Lucy Foster, a former slave who died in 1845. Students have researched Foster's life with the help of a local historical society and have memorialized her in poems, art and pottery projects.
Education researchers at MIT are developing a way to assess students to measure skills such as creativity, critical thinking and curiosity. The "playful assessment" approach has the potential to change teaching and learning overall, in part, by making assessments less threatening, MIT researcher Yoon Jeon Kim says.
Offering flexible seating options in the classroom has been a great decision, writes Ashlee Tripp, a high-school English teacher in Colorado. In this blog post, she writes that the approach -- including cafe-style tables, standing desks and a couch -- makes students more comfortable and fosters collaboration.
Researchers are training algorithms to machine translate 69,000 Mesopotamian records from the 21st-century BC. Researchers on the project say about 90% of cuneiform texts remain untranslated, and if these texts can be translated, more can be learned about ancient Mesopotamia and extinct languages.