ICYMI: Most read by educators

Survey looks at teens' biggest concerns

Seventy percent of adolescents said they thought anxiety and depression were major concerns among their peers, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The findings are based on data from 920 youths ages 13 to 17, and also show that 61% of teenagers reported feeling pressure to achieve good grades.

Full Story: The New York Times (tiered subscription model)United Press International

Battle over school calendar heats up in N.C.

Leaders in North Carolina's education and tourism industry are battling again over the school calendar. School leaders want the ability to begin the school year in early August, but tourism officials argue that doing so would hurt summer tourism and affect dollars that help support education.

Full Story: The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (tiered subscription model)

What motivates students to stand up to bullies?

Sixth-grade students were more likely to stand up to bullies than ninth-graders, according to a study in North Carolina by researchers at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Findings also showed that students were more likely to report bullying if they had clearly established rules at home, felt safe at school and had trust in their teachers.

Full Story: Science News

Report: Homelessness up 70% among students

There was a 70% increase in homelessness among K-12 students in the past 10 years, according to a report by the National Center for Homeless Education. The report notes a spike in the numbers of unaccompanied homeless youths and in homelessness among English-language learners and students with disabilities.

Full Story: U.S. News & World Report

Educators use role-playing games in classrooms

Many educators are integrating live-action role-playing games into their lesson plans, an approach called edularps. A study of edularp use in a Los Angeles charter school discovered the technique led to improved motivation, engagement and collaboration among students.

Full Story: KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco)

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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