Students with special needs are receiving more career- and college-based training in programs that prepare them to transition out of high school. One Missouri school district has students work at a local hospital to learn various jobs, and one Massachusetts district partnered with a community college for vocational training, internships and life skills classes.
Some colleges are using custom text messages, emails or other communication -- known as "nudges" -- to help keep students on track. Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina found that sending text messages to incoming students helped more of them complete basic tasks that need to be done before they arrive on campus.
Dozens of teachers at a Michigan middle school are participating in a program to help them use technology to examine student learning. The grant-funded program is part of a partnership between the school district and Michigan State University and included a recent professional-development session to help teachers design lesson plans.
Every teacher in Texas would receive a one-time, $5,000 raise under a bill introduced this week in the state Senate. The measure -- which totals $3.7 billion for the first two years -- also would help fund future raises.
Karen Pence, second lady of the US, will resume teaching art part time at Immanuel Christian School in northern Virginia, a school where Pence previously taught while Vice President Mike Pence served in Congress. The school's parent agreement is drawing attention because it bans LGBTQ students, parents and employees.
A study suggests milestones for individuals with Down syndrome, including expectations that most can work and live independently by the time they reach their 30s. The findings, based on interviews with more than 2,600 parents of children with the genetic disorder, suggest that those with the condition can learn and develop well into adulthood.
One Idaho school district is considering restructuring its math curriculum to provide a traditional track and an integrated track to help students perform better. Students would have to meet the same state math standards, officials say, but in different teaching formats.
More New York City high-school students are failing English-language arts and algebra exams five years since the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, according to a report by education policy consultant David Rubel. Morgan Polikoff, a professor at the University of Southern California's school of education, describes the decline as "odd," saying that scores typically go down initially after adopting a new assessment but rise over time.
Understanding of how the brain matures can help to improve teaching and learning, Heather Riley and Youki Terada write, citing different research reports. Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond shares several adjustments that schools can make to align with the science of learning, including providing safe, supportive places for learning to take place.
Psychological interventions aimed at easing test anxiety can help improve outcomes for students from low-income families in science, according to a study led by Christopher Rozek, a psychologist at Stanford University. Researchers found that asking students to write about their fears as well as reading a statement explaining how the body responds to stress helped to boost test performance.
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