Teacher Michael Craig started a school farm seven years ago to provide hands-on instruction and work experience for older students with disabilities in a Michigan school district. In this Q&A, Craig describes how he started the program, how he funds it and how he manages it daily.
Students from one Mississippi school dressed as notable historic figures and current athletes to create a living wax museum visited by their families and peers. Students posed at various stations and recited facts about the figure when a visitor pressed a button on their display.
Some Iowa high-school students are using their math and science skills to design and build arcade games, including a pool table made from cardboard and drinking cups. Students charged a small fee to play the games during parent-teacher conferences, an exercise that is also teaching students about budgeting and other business skills, school officials say.
Leaders exhibit a high emotional intelligence when they're alert to other people's feelings, show compassion and don't succumb to defensiveness when challenged, writes John R. Stoker. "Instead, they seek to understand the source of others' feelings and the values that are important to others," he writes.
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.
The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee in England is studying how social media affects the health and well-being of youths. Officials are gathering information from the public, experts and technology companies, including social media firms, about how inappropriate material and illegal content are being addressed.
Adults in California who have some college experience but no degree are less likely to earn more than $75,000 a year, compared with their peers who are community-college graduates, according to a study from California Competes. The report found both structural and financial-aid barriers that prevent adults between ages 25 and 64 in the state from completing degrees.