Introducing girls to computer science lessons in elementary school could help to build their confidence and interest in the field, according to University of Washington researchers in a recent study. Their findings show that if boys and girls have the same opportunities, they will show similar levels of interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
National Board Certified Teacher Sydney Chaffee, the Council of Chief State School Officers' 2017 National Teacher of the Year, attended a ceremony at the White House. President Donald Trump welcomed Chaffee, a ninth-grade teacher from Dorchester, Mass., and other state teachers of the year to the Oval Office.
Students at a Maine high school are being immersed in US history through role-playing as participants in the "Coming of Age in America," a program created by the nonprofit Game Loft. Students gather weekly after school to wear costumes and act out scenes based on events of the US Civil War, with next year's studies to cover 1880s and the 1960s.
The bring-your-own-device trend increasingly is doing away with traditional school computer labs. In some cases, schools are upgrading their computer labs from rows of solitary desktops to communal spaces that allow students to use their own devices and work together.
There is a small contingent of supporters working to bring back the open classroom design that was popular in the 1970s. However, schools in Canada and the US with an open concept design often experience difficulties with it, says Neil Gislason, a Toronto high-school teacher who has studied the topic.
An Oregon school is working to integrate its students with autism through several activities. Students participate in yoga classes, reading times and other classes with general-education students, and go on field trips to libraries, horseback therapy centers and bowling.
Generic solutions will not work to address the teacher shortage, according to a recent report co-authored by Dan Goldhaber, director of the Center for Education Data & Research at the University of Washington, and Thomas Dee, associate dean for faculty affairs at Stanford University. The report suggests several measures, including an increase in teacher pay in areas where there are shortages.
Turnover among teachers in Alaska costs the state about $20 million annually, according to a recent study from the University of Alaska Anchorage. This year, 1 in 10 teachers in Alaska was a new hire.
Data about the number of students eligible for prekindergarten programs is lacking in many communities, asserts Sally Fuller, an advocate for expanded pre-K in Massachusetts. This dearth of data, she and others say, makes it hard to know where to expand and who to target.
Students in Washington, D.C., who used federally funded vouchers to attend private schools had lower math scores than their peers, according to a report by the Education Department's Institute of Education Sciences. They compared the math and reading performances of students who enrolled from 2012-14, and while the voucher students scored 7.3 percentage points lower in math, there was no significant difference in their reading skills.
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