More than 500 of 2,662 schools analyzed show warning signs of financial instability in at least two areas, a Financial Fitness Tracker developed by the Hechinger Report finds. Ohio and Illinois have the most at-risk schools, and about 1,360 schools report a decline in fall enrollment.
Thousands of years ago, human brains reconfigured a region meant for recognizing objects to develop the ability to read, a study in Nature Communications suggests. "These results show that the [inferior temporal] cortex of untrained primates can serve as a precursor of orthographic processing, suggesting that the acquisition of reading in humans relies on the recycling of a brain network evolved for other visual functions," the study says.
About 160 students at Chesterfield Career and Technical Center in Virginia recently helped to construct the new Pine Forest Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. This marks the fourth project completed as part of the community's Build-A-House initiative, in which students help to construct group homes.
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Catholic schools nationwide are focusing on a return to in-person instruction at a time when many of their public-school counterparts are making plans to resume instruction online. "Most are trying to do in person," said Kathy Mears, CEO of the National Catholic Education Association. "It's what most people want, keeping in mind however that everybody understands that the safety of children comes first, and the safety of teachers comes first."
Marie Moon, a sixth-grade teacher in South Carolina, breaks down what has worked at her school during remote learning for students with special needs. She emphasizes academic and emotional support, quick and continuous communication, consistent office hours and daily check-ins with students.
Sal Khan, CEO of online learning platform Khan Academy, says that a digital environment cannot fully replace the value of some in-person learning. In an interview, Khan says that he has “huge concerns” about the shift to fully online curriculum on such a large scale this fall.
Recurring gun violence in Montgomery, Ala., is traumatizing to youths and goes beyond the individual to affecting classrooms and entire communities, says school social worker Sakia Dixon. Advocates and experts say that adults need to recognize how trauma manifests in youths -- rather than attributing issues to behavioral problems -- and normalize mental health care while making it more accessible.
Childersburg High School Principal Quentin Lee surprised his Alabama students with a parody video of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" song that's had more than 1.8 million views. He wanted to engage students, be positive about this fall's challenges and show kids that creativity has no bounds.
A new survey finds that 62% of faculty think students are more likely to cheat in an online environment. However, there are ways to reduce cheating, including proctored exams, random test questions and open-book exams, a report associated with the survey finds.