A group of Canadian students have spent their summer building doghouses, birdhouses and other structures to learn how math relates to carpentry. The students worked with members of a local carpentry union to complete their projects.
Lee Weppler, who is taking over as the principal of the high school he graduated from in 2002, says he'll seek to collaborate with teachers and boost parental involvement in the school. Weppler has worked for the district for a decade and served two years as the school's assistant principal.
People with disabilities have high rates of joblessness and underemployment, but Karla Phillips and Travis Pillow write that states can take steps to ensure that students in special education are prepared to thrive in the working world. They suggest that states make better use of the longitudinal data they already gather about outcomes for students with special needs and develop tailored approaches for different disabilities.
About 40 high school girls attended this year's Radford University's Summer Bridge STEM camp, and 12 of them signed up for "Bits and Bots," a math-intensive program in which participants built and launched rockets. The Virginia university holds the camp each year to engage girls in STEM and potential career possibilities.
Candidates should emphasize their pertinent skills and any transferable talents they may have when applying for a job they may not be fully qualified for, writes career counselor Kim Thompson. "You want to highlight related skills, achievements and responsibilities to reassure the employer you could do the job well," she notes.
The quality of Head Start programs varies widely, according to a study led by Terri Sabol of Northwestern University. Researchers found that differences in class size, student-adult ratio, teacher education level and the instructional support provided to children could affect funding in some cases.
Illinois' Golden Apple Scholar Institutes works to help curb high rates of teacher turnover. The program, which has trained about 800 aspiring teachers over the past year, includes practical teaching experience in the classroom.
John White, Louisiana's superintendent of education, and three other educators testified last week before a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment about efforts to curb high rates of teacher turnover. White pointed to the state's efforts to prepare teachers through mentoring, including a yearlong residency program and pilot programs focused on alternative certification.
A Mississippi school district is using the website TeacherLists to take its school supply lists digital. John Driscoll, president of TeacherLists, says the site helps to relieve some frustrations associated with school supply lists, including forgetting the printout at home when going to the store.
The Federal Trade Commission is considering updates to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act that could have implications for schools. Amelia Vance of the Future of Privacy Forum says the changes could alter restrictions for some mobile apps used by teachers and affect procedures for parental consent.