Boys are better are computer-based reading -- potentially because they play more video games -- according to a recent analysis by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The analysis of 46 countries finds that the gender gap in reading was wider in print than when students used digital material.
New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo could be poised to reverse course on the role students' test scores play in teachers' evaluations. Cuomo at one time pushed for test scores to count for as much as 50% of teachers' evaluations. Now, some say he is considering supporting a reduction -- or eliminating the use of test scores altogether.
The six school districts that make up the Urban School Food Alliance are using their collective purchasing power to replace the traditional plastic sporks in school cafeterias with knives, forks and spoons made of compostable materials. The move is one of several initiatives announced by officials in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and Orlando, Fla.
The toy industry is embracing female action figures and dolls that pay homage to science, technology, engineering and math. Doc McStuffins, GoldieBlox's Ruby Rails and Barbie's focus on dolls that portray women in science careers are among the toys available to be under the tree for many girls this holiday season.
An Indiana school district has focused on improved customer service to ensure that students -- and their families -- have the best possible experience, Superintendent Wendy Robinson writes. In this commentary, she shares how her district adopted Let's Talk!, a cloud-based listening station for K-12 schools, which made responding to questions and feedback more efficient.
Fewer students in the US are enrolling in preschool and college, compared with 46 other countries, according to a report released today by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Korea is at the top of the international ranking, with nearly 70% of 25- to 34-year-olds earning a college degree -- compared with 46% in the US.
Teachers should avoid generalized depictions of Native Americans when teaching students lessons about Thanksgiving, according to this article. Other tips to give balance to Thanksgiving lessons include providing context by covering present-day challenges faced by Native Americans and recognizing that, for many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a National Day of Mourning.
Incorporating music into foreign-language lessons can help students concentrate, understand what they are learning and create a sense of community, writes language instructor Natascha Chtena. In this blog post, Chtena shares other ways that music can enhance language learning while making teaching methods more effective.
Students at one New York state elementary school learned fractions, addition, subtraction and other math concepts while creating dog treats for local animal shelters. The project required students to convert recipes to make the right amount and then write a reflection paper on what they're thankful for.
Students in India, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Peru who experienced corporal punishment had lower maths scores four years later, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Oxford. Data also revealed that younger students and male students are more likely to have experienced corporal punishment.
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