Molly MacGregor, a high-school history teacher in California, is among those credited with sparking conversations that eventually led to the establishment of Women's History Month. MacGregor and a group of four other women conducted research and coordinated a campaign to include more information about women in history books and to celebrate women and their contributions during March.
Sixteen school districts across South Carolina are trying out RoboKind's interactive robot Milo to teach communication, social, emotional and behavioral skills to students with autism. Some research shows that technology such as robots may better engage students with the neurological disorder.
Educators can help students with anxiety better understand their condition and help them feel understood, writes Christine Ravesi-Weinstein, a high-school assistant principal. In this commentary, she shares five things to say to students experiencing anxiety, including asking them to describe their feelings.
Cheyenne Branscum, a sixth-grade teacher in Oklahoma and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, says she integrates Native American culture into lessons. In this Q&A, Branscum shares how she supports her middle-school students -- many of whom are also members of tribes and some of whom are in foster care.
A class of Virginia elementary-school students worked with an artist to produce images of six civil rights activists in the state, including tennis champion Arthur Ashe and Douglas Wilder, the state's first African-American governor. Students studied the history of each person before painting portraits on plywood to be assembled in a mural display.
Some school districts are banning teachers from using crowdfunding platforms, such as DonorsChoose. Officials in Nashville, Tenn., which banned the practice in December, said tools purchased through the website, including technology, often did not meet the district's standards.
The prevalence of major depression symptoms among adolescents ages 12 to 17 during the previous year rose by 52% between 2005 and 2017, according to a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Lead author Jean Twenge said that greater social media use and reduced sleep may account for the increase in mental health issues.
In 2017, a California school district began a pilot to record videos of new teachers in their classrooms to help them improve their instruction. In this commentary, elementary-school principal Amanda Heineman writes about how the videos help teachers identify areas where they need to improve and how the teachers can work with mentor to support their professional growth.
The Federal Communications Commission's E-rate program could be required to reimburse funding to school districts that install Wi-Fi on school buses under legislation introduced this week in the US Senate. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., says this legislation would help students who do not have access to broadband internet at home.
Legislation introduced this week in the US House and Senate would block school districts from using federal education funds to arm teachers. The White House's federal school safety report, released in December, included the idea of arming teachers among its recommendations.
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