California high-school principal Dolores Rodriquez says she sees challenges as opportunities and not obstacles. Rodriquez, who has served as a teacher and assistant principal, says success is never achieved alone but found when "surrounded by hardworking, supportive people."
Social studies students can use strategies favored by historians to participate in research, such as one class highlighted in this article. Carl Cooper, social studies supervisor in a New Jersey district, writes in this article about how students can learn to think like historians and identify various forms of bias such as gender bias involving their textbook and an Edward Percy Moran painting.
Project Search helps students in special education prepare for and undertake internships so they can develop their "soft skills" and get a better idea of what career will be a good fit for them. In Des Moines, Iowa, program participants will do internships at the Mercy One hospital and learn about opportunities in health care.
There are different steps school leaders can take to ensure that classroom spaces support teaching and learning, writes Fred Ende, assistant director of curriculum and instructional services in a New York state district. In this blog post, he shares three recommendations made in his own district, including adding color to rooms.
Students in a special-education class at Hose Elementary School now have their own iPads, which help them communicate, learn and take state assessment tests. The iPads, which were bought with funds donated by a local business, also help the students work on their reading and handwriting skills.
Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon, is working to prepare college students in California for in-demand jobs that require cloud computing skills. Under the program, launching Sept. 23, students will be trained in careers that include software development, data science and engineering.
An analysis of recruitment strategies by online colleges and universities shows the schools reached out to prospective students an average of 16 times using mainly phone calls and emails. The InsideTrack report shows that colleges may be getting more sophisticated in their outreach, but some still run the risk of contacting students too often.
Teachers along with state and federal officials appeared before the House Education and Labor Committee this week to discuss problems they've encountered receiving student-loan relief through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Officials from the loan servicer Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, or FedLoan, declined to appear at the hearing.
Researchers extracted DNA from the finger bone of a Denisovan fossil and used the results to recreate the skeleton and create a portrait of what one of the early hominins might have looked like. "We just reconstruct the face of the human group, not of a specific individual," said Liran Carmel, author of a study on the process published in Cell.
Scientists on a backpacking trip along the Oregon-Idaho border stumbled upon some wolf droppings that contained recognizable parts of grasshoppers. "Why waste your time running down an elk calf or a cow elk that a lone wolf probably can't take down anyways, when you can just eat all these grasshoppers?" says study author Brandon Barton.