A report from National Center for Education Statistics shows that 20% of teen students in the US said they were bullied in the 2016-17 school year, and of those, 15% were bullied online or via text, a 3.5 percentage point increase over the previous year. Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar of Purdue University says the spike may be due to increased awareness and reporting of cyberbullying incidents.
Most curricula are developed with a relatively small portion of students in mind and tend to overlook those who have learning disabilities, come from diverse cultural backgrounds or read below grade level, writes sixth-grade English teacher Daniel Helena. Teachers can help bridge this gap by adding more accessible texts, including news articles on topics relevant to student interests.
Regular coaching sessions can help school leaders improve their ability to support educators in their schools, according to a study from Australia. In this blog post, instructional leadership coach Peter DeWitt writes about the study, the benefits of a team coaching strategy and the OPEN (Opportunity, Purpose, Expectation and Next steps) perspective.
Two reports -- one from the British Council and one from the Cervantes Institute -- have both predicted that Spanish will outpace French and German as the most popular languages after English in the UK in 2020, according to this article. Various factors are cited as a motivation to learning Spanish, including culture.
Developing empathy in students is key to curbing bullying, according to David Theune, a Fulbright Distinguished Award recipient residing in the Netherlands and working on a project to end bullying. In this blog post, he shares five strategies to developing empathy, including using podcasts to connect lessons to students' lives and launching a book club
Pearson will release all US college textbooks digitally first, the education company has announced. The company says the move will help to save students money and boost the company's bottom line.
Archie Moss, an elementary-school principal in Tennessee, reads weekly bedtime stories to students over Facebook Live. In this interview, Moss says the idea for the "Bedtime Stories with Principal Moss" program came from the school's librarian, Monique Howard, who shared it as part of an effort to find innovative ways to reach students and build a culture of reading at the school.
An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act approved by the US House of Representatives would require audits by the US Department of Defense of financially unstable for-profit colleges that enroll military veterans. The department also would be responsible for keeping a list of funds received by colleges taking part in the agency's Tuition Assistance program.
Damage caused to small trees in jungle forests by the stomping of elephants leads to increased carbon storage by enabling the surviving trees to grow larger and store even more carbon, a study published in Nature Geoscience suggests. "If elephants promote these kinds of trees, in the long run you will store more atmospheric carbon," says researcher Fabio Berzaghi.
A manufacturer, college and high school in Montana have collaborated for years to launch a new career pathway for students. The program, which prepares students for careers in machining, includes a one-year degree that will prepare students for high-paying jobs in the skilled trades.
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