Sandy Hook Elementary School was demolished following the deadly 2012 shooting, with a new building opened on the same site in 2016 that offers a blueprint for other schools looking to increase security in new or remodeled structures. Among the six things to keep in mind are that small details matter and windows need not be the enemy.
English teachers at a New York school are using Skype to allow sixth- and seventh-grade students to engage with experts to enhance their research projects and study of novels. Students soon will speak to someone from Yellowstone National Park as part of research to make a case for or against wolf reintroduction to the Adirondack Park.
A group of students at one Spokane, Wash., high school visited classrooms to discuss the upcoming Nov. 6 election and help fellow students research candidates and ballot issues on a national, state and local level. The "My Vote, My Voice" exercise, led by a teacher since 2012, included discussions about candidates' qualifications and experience, as well as the pros and cons of voting, all without getting angry.
A Pennsylvania school district has begun a weekly elementary-school science, technology, engineering and math class to boost 21st-century skills, such as collaboration, flexibility and technology literacy. Fifth-graders recently used their problem-solving skills to design a lighting system to help a fictional character explore a tomb in Egypt.
About 1.4 million public high-school students across the US do not have access to crucial classes such as algebra I or higher-level math classes, according to a report from the Foundation for Excellence in Education. The report warns that this lack of access means that many students are unprepared for college-level classes.
Using graphing calculators in calculus classes deprives students of the ability to think through formulas and problems, says Johns Hopkins University math professor Stephen Wilson. In this commentary, education columnist Jay Mathews presents counterarguments from other experts about calculators and about other web-based tools.
More than 88% of borrowers seeking student-loan relief under the federal public loan service program were declared ineligible, even after Congress passed a measure intended to help them. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., blamed confusing rules by the US Education Department and called for officials to simplify the process.
Most pieces of a 12,000-year-old human fossil have been found in the rubble left by a fire that destroyed most of the National Museum of Brazil last month, according to museum officials. The fossil, dubbed Luzia, is one of the museum's prized pieces and among the few artifacts recovered following the Sept. 2 blaze.
Students at La Follette High School in Wisconsin had the opportunity to interview and ask questions about the industries of local professionals. The event was part of the Madison School District's Personalized Pathways program where students study a career-oriented theme in small groups.
Connecticut high-school principal Susan Czapla says she wants to establish herself as the "anchor" in her new school to bring stability and enhance the community. Czapla says she's spent her time talking with parents, teachers and students to get a sense for their priorities.
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