Fourth- and fifth-graders at a Florida school recently participated in a competition involving science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. The learning-design coaches who organized the event say they hope the STEAM Olympics will help introduce students to makerspaces and technology at school.
Teaching students from low-income families about food literacy presented a challenge, writes Kentucky high-school educator Joe Franzen. He writes in this commentary about how he needed to change his own perceptions and judgments about ingredients to help students learn about food, culture and social justice in their communities.
Teachers and students in grades six through 12 in Virginia are learning Russian in immersion courses that are part of the STARTALK program. The US government, which sponsors the program, has Russian listed among its critical-need languages, along with others including Arabic and Hindi.
A Pennsylvania elementary school is creating nontraditional classroom spaces -- including an outdoor learning center and a library lounge with bean bag chairs -- to increase student engagement.
The US Department of Education has received more than 21,000 public comments on proposed rules under the Every Student Succeeds Act. This blog post focuses on comments from parent and principal groups, including the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National PTA.
Standing desks could help curb childhood obesity, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers studied use of the desks in 24 elementary classrooms and found a decline in students' body mass indexes among those with access to the desks.
Schools' obligations regarding restroom access for transgender students are unclear following a federal judge's decision to block guidance from the Obama administration that outlines such students' rights. Some school districts, such as the Washoe County School District in Nevada, already have some best practices in place.
Some states, including Maryland, Colorado, New Mexico and New Jersey, have released PARCC exam data. Overall, seven states and the District of Columbia administered the exams, and Rhode Island is expected to release scores this week.
Well-intended policies sometimes can have unintended negative consequences, educator Nancy Barile writes in this blog post. She highlights budget cuts resulting from a state policy change and ideas to help educators fund projects despite budget issues.
Some Latino parents say they think dual-language programs negatively affect students' ability to learn English. Supporters say two-way immersion programs help improve native Spanish-speaking students' ability to learn English.
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