Teachers can use technology to draw out introverted students, writes Kerry Gallagher, a technology integration specialist at St. Johns Preparatory School in Danvers, Mass. In this blog post, she suggests several strategies, games, formative tools and other platforms to engage all learners.
More attention needs to be paid to the lasting mental health effects on black Americans from racism dating back to slavery, social work professor Alma Carten writes. For example, black adults have a 20% higher rate of serious psychological distress than white adults. While forgiveness and resilience are rightly celebrated, the psychic damage of racial trauma gets little attention, Carten writes.
The Boy Scouts of America officially ended a ban on gay leaders on Monday. Chapters sponsored by churches will retain the right to ban gay leadership on an individual basis. The nonprofit cited media coverage of the issue as one reason behind the change in policy. Maintaining the ban would have been "the end of us as a national movement," said BSA President Robert Gates.
The University of Illinois is spending $550,000 to hire an outside public relations firm to promote the university's Urbana campus and raise its public profile. Dan Peterson, vice chancellor for institutional advancement, says the move also will help the school recruit top faculty and "the very best student body."
Study data show in the 2012-13 school year it was just about as likely that students at racially diverse schools would get fruits, vegetables and whole grains each day as it was for students at predominantly white schools. A nutrition gap seen in 2010-11 began to close as schools started implementing new nutrition standards, researchers say.
Project-based learning advocate Suzie Boss in this blog post shares 10 project ideas she has collected from summer conferences and professional-development events. Each project focuses on a question that fosters a meaningful inquiry experience, such as, "How can we, as future city planners, reimagine empty lots as places of importance in our community?"
Minority students in Boston public schools who took advanced courses in the middle grades were more likely to take advanced high-school courses, graduate on time and attend college, a recent Harvard University report finds. Superintendent Tommy Chang said the analysis of 12 years of testing data from grades 4-6 highlights the importance of a rigorous curriculum for all students.
A bill approved by the House Monday would ease access to help for military veterans who say they were sexually assaulted while in the service. A veteran's statement that an attack occurred could be considered sufficient proof, allowing for disability benefits.
A former social worker at a controversial for-profit Texas detention facility for migrant mothers and children describes it as punitive, corrupt and not at all in the image it has presented. Olivia Lopez said the Karnes County Residential Center punished those seeking medical treatment, asked her to keep information from federal officials and insisted she follow policies that violated her license.
The Washington, D.C., City Council is looking into broader implementation of "trauma-informed" schools and services in light of high numbers of D.C. youth who have experienced trauma. Such schools can cut down the number of suspensions and expulsions and reduce future chances of imprisonment. The council may consider creating a new position to help schools coordinate.