MIT and Harvard University are suing to stop the Trump administration from forcing international students to attend on-campus classes or leave the country, a ruling issued Tuesday affecting about 1 million international students. The suit argues that the order has the effect of forcing schools to reopen on campus and international students to risk exposure to the coronavirus.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.5 million grant to North Dakota State University researchers, in collaboration with Virginia Tech, the University of Maryland and the University of Vermont, to study how the changing climate is affecting poplar trees via genome sequencing. The project includes plans to create a "living lab" for students.
Twenty-two career and technical education sites in Indiana reopened to in-person courses on Monday. The courses, in subject areas such as cosmetology, nursing assistance and firefighting, can be at 50% capacity, and face masks and social distancing are required.
Nadine Moulta-Ali, an educator in Washington, D.C., writes that professional development around subject matter that is more knowledge-based helps educators and their students thrive. Moulta-Ali notes that building a deep knowledge base will pay off later for students and help them connect their learning to other subjects.
Congress will likely approve more funding for schools related to the coronavirus shutdowns, but what exactly that might entail is not yet known. Several bills lay out billions of dollars for schools -- ranging from $58 billion to $305 billion -- but the Senate isn't due back in session until July 20 to make a decision.
Massachusetts teacher Michael Lawrence-Riddell is creating a multimedia curriculum to help students understand and analyze how race is used in America. Lawrence-Riddell founded an organization called Self-Evident Media, which is working with schools to make sure the resources align with the National Council for Social Studies C3 Frameworks and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History and Social Studies.
Teachers need to get beyond the fear and intimidation of teaching poetry since poems can engage the imagination and reveal multiple levels of meaning, writes educator and poet Paul Cummins. In this book excerpt, he offers some inspiration to help teachers and students overcome their fears and engage with poems.
Former principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman helped turn around an urban high school by focusing on discipline, rewarding students for good behavior with field trips and talking to students about policy matters. She also used her entrepreneurial spirit to bring football back to the school by going to the US Department of Justice after the city turned her down.
Ohio history educator Michael McMaster mixes learning with entertainment when addressing middle-school students, including touchable artifacts and attention-grabbing stories to pique their interest on topics such as vintage baseball and the War of 1812. He is currently working on marketing efforts for the Wood County History Museum through partnerships with video game creators, including the makers of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, to help engage the public about the museum's collections.
A group of California teenagers are organizing a virtual STEM fair for middle-school and high-school students in Sacramento and Yolo counties. Participants will write report about their projects, provide schematics to show how their projects work and make videos -- all for the chance to win a cash prize of up to $500.