High schools that depend the most on credit-recovery programs have large increases in graduation rates, even though many students still perform poorly on standardized tests, according to a recent study from conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. Researchers found that while only 1 in 13 students is served by such programs, they are concentrated in schools with more students who are minorities and from low-income families.
Shannon Hovis, a fifth-grade teacher at a Missouri school, says she was inspired by posts on Pinterest to adopt flexible seating options for her students. Each Monday, students select a seat to use for that week, with options including space on a sofa, crates, stools and others, which she says allows more room to "wiggle."
A German-language school in Colorado has started its fourth year, now with 120 students, both children and adults. Housed in a church, the Boulder School for German Language and Culture offers children and teen students who become fluent the opportunity to attend a university in Germany for free.
Some schools are using software programs to develop master schedules to improve outcomes for students. Rather than just sorting students into classes based on logistics, the software aligns their schedules with other school objectives, including increasing diversity in the classroom and supporting small learning communities.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has released its yearly list of the healthiest US schools, based on metrics that include serving healthy foods, helping students be more active, and offering health and physical education. This year's list includes 461 schools in 28 states and the District of Columbia.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said civics education should be more of a priority in K-12 schools and colleges during a Constitution Day celebration Monday in Philadelphia. DeVos also called on colleges to avoid limiting speech on their campuses -- efforts she said sometimes target conservative voices.
Students in Shanna Meyer's high-school Advanced Placement calculus class in Michigan recently turned math into art by drawing functions and derivatives on large sheets of paper and hanging them on the wall for other students to study during a "gallery walk." Meyer says she's trying to expose students to various ways of learning and has "flipped" her classroom by sending students home with video lectures and focusing on helping with homework in class.
Physical literacy can help students establish a foundation, so they can remain active throughout their lives, writes Anthony De Giorgio, an international teacher and workshop leader for the International Baccalaureate Physical and Health Education Program. In this commentary, he offers tips to help students with physical literacy, including by sharing forms and methods with them and helping them explore.
France is taking steps to improve students' language skills -- following a disappointing international ranking -- by recommending that students watch television and films in English. Other recommendations include teaching subjects such as science, history and maths in English and other languages.
Project-based learning is the future of special education, asserts Jill Koenemann, a high-school special needs teacher. In this blog post, she shares how she used PBL to teach students about survivors' guilt and offers five best practices to support PBL.
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