Parents, teachers and administrators in Mississippi have worked to bring students with special needs into general-education classrooms as much as possible over the past four years. Strategies include training administrators to help students in special education achieve more; providing the right classroom support; and preparing students for real-world scenarios.
Educators in some Ohio schools are learning about potential career paths for students through Butler Tech's new Manufacturing Educator Externship Team program. The goal is for teachers to share their experience with students and their parents.
Two rural counties in Colorado have seen success in reaching children with developmental delays and implementing early interventions. The Meeting Milestones Initiative has brought together school officials, child care and therapy providers, and doctors to ensure that as many children as possible get routine developmental screenings before age 5.
A survey of likely 2020 voters shows that the majority believe in the value of bachelor's and associate degrees and believe that colleges and universities "provide a high-quality education to their students." Respondents were most favorable in their opinion of community colleges and vocational or trade schools and least positive about for-profit colleges.
Civics education is rising in its profile in Virginia, according to Bob Gibson, communications director and senior researcher at the University of Virginia's Cooper Center for Public Service. In this opinion article, Gibson shares about efforts to add civics as a third "c" to college and career readiness, a recent statewide essay contest for students and details why the US needs civics education in schools.
The carnivorous pitcher plant is even more carnivorous than previously thought, with a particular taste for spotted salamanders, a study published in Ecology suggests. Over the course of a month and a half, researchers found at least one and often multiple juvenile spotted salamanders in almost 20% of the plants they surveyed at Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada.
Math teachers can improve engagement and relationships with students by building a culture of teamwork from the outset, writes former math teacher Joe Roicki. He outlines the steps he took to foster collaboration and student understanding in his own classrooms.
Tennessee elementary-school principal Sharon Pickering in this Q&A says the biggest inspiration in her life is the students she's "worked, learned and struggled with" over the years. She also praises her staff for being "forward-thinking, flexible, passionate and compassionate for students and families."
Recent graduates can use their social media profiles to show potential employers they have what it takes to succeed in the workplace, says Jennifer Bodner, CEO of Babbit Bodner. She notes that employers often check out candidates' social media and that too many pictures of them hanging out in bars, or too much use of bad grammar, could ding their chances of being hired.
The Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal to set an $11.42 billion cap on programs supported by the Universal Service Fund, which funds the E-rate program. The proposal also would combine the E-rate and Rural Health Care programs and establish a separate cap for them.