A Massachusetts school district is using the Devereux Students Strengths Assessment to measure students' social and emotional learning competencies. Gina Hurley, director of student services, says educators can use the assessment results to identify students who need additional SEL support.
US colleges report an increase in reports of past sexual assault and harassment on campus from former students that could be fueled, in part, by the #MeToo movement. Some schools are reacting by dropping time limits on investigations, but many officials say their ability to take action against alleged offenders may be limited.
Some students in a Washington state district are taking an early morning course -- called "zero-hour" classes -- that allows room in their schedules for more electives or college-preparatory classes during standard school hours. Some experts and educators say they are concerned that these additional classes could lead to excessive stress and cut into the amount of sleep teenage students need.
Some students struggle with in-person communication and prefer to communicate via text message, asserts Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University. In this blog post, Chandler shares several activities to help students build better social communication skills, including some that integrate digital tools.
Digital Citizenship Week begins today and there are several resources available to help teach such citizenship lessons to students. Data show that 70% of teenagers say they use social media several times a day -- up from 34% in 2012 -- and 38% of teens report using social media multiple times each hour.
Schools in a number of Florida school districts affected by Hurricane Michael remain closed because of extensive damage. In the Bay School District, officials are considering ways to get students back into classrooms, including a proposal to share campuses that are still in good condition.
Students at a West Virginia high school are learning job skills in an on-campus coffee shop that is part of the school's career and technical education program. Students who work in the shop get experience in job skills, such as clocking in and out, and providing customer service.
Massachusetts elementary-school principal Rebecca Kelly says she'll use collaboration and engagement in her new position to build relationships with students, faculty, staff and parents. In this Q&A, Kelly says the biggest challenge for educators is to provide educational balance for students and prepare them "for jobs that may not even exist yet."
NASA scientists are working to get the Hubble Space Telescope back online after a gyroscope malfunctioned and the spacecraft went into safe mode on Oct. 5. NASA says it'll make Hubble work with one gyroscope, with the other functioning gyroscope as a backup, if scientists can't restore three-gyroscope capabilities.
Some Michigan school districts are testing a science curriculum based on answering research questions, holding student discussions and performing project-based learning, such as having students conduct research about squirrels. The Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning Project is a collaboration of two Michigan universities that have received grant funding from the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
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