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.
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.
A Maryland school district has responded to increasing demand for career and technical education courses by rebuilding the Thomas Edison High School of Technology and expanding its course offerings. Across the country, nearly 8.2 million students are enrolled in CTE programs -- about 700,000 more than 10 years ago -- according to data from the US Department of Education.
Wisconsin students are studying cafeteria waste as part of a science challenge open to all K-12 schools across the state. The "Lunchroom Leftovers" program includes collecting and dividing food waste into four categories: partially eaten or unpackaged food; packaged and uneaten food; recyclable items; and nonfood trash.
During a recent panel discussion, three Chicago principals talked about why and how they are banning F grades in their schools. Wayne Bevis, principal of the Robert Lindblom Math and Science Academy, says he abandoned the A-F grading scale in favor of a numerical system and has implemented a revision policy for students to resubmit work to show improved skills.
Students should receive vision exams before kindergarten, asserts Kristan Gross, global executive director of the nonprofit Vision Impact Institute. In this commentary, she writes that exams can help identify and address vision problems early, so students can succeed in school.
Students who were held back in fourth or eighth grade were 5 percentage points more likely to drop out of school in Louisiana and 10 percentage points more likely to drop out in New York City, according to recent studies. Paco Martorell, a professor at the University of California at Davis who studied the New York City policy said, "The takeaway from this would be that, at a minimum, we should be retaining fewer middle school students."
Some residents of Marion County, Fla., are calling for the resignation of school board member Nancy Stacy over comments she posted on Facebook defending Bill Cosby and criticizing his female accusers. Stacy also posted comments supporting Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and mocking those who opposed his confirmation.
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