Some schools are using social media app Snapchat to encourage students to experiment with new forms of storytelling in journalism and marketing classes. Educators suggest creating a written policy that would include a social media user guide and tips for best practices.
Indiana high-school students will have the opportunity to explore IT careers by managing a technology help desk. The help desk staff will troubleshoot their fellow students' tech problems and maintain a team website, Twitter account and blog.
Some Oakland, Calif., students lead walks designed to show their communities to their teachers, author Shane Safir writes in this blog post. These community walks can help teachers understand their students' social context and create powerful cultural exchanges that transform schools, Safir asserts.
An Ohio school district has introduced robots in several middle-school classrooms to encourage students to apply and reinforce math concepts. Students who have interacted with the robots are posting higher math achievement scores in response to this curriculum.
President Donald Trump's proposed budget would eliminate Title II and the 21st Century Community Learning Center program, two federal programs that deliver funds to private and charter schools. The cuts to Title II, a $2.3 billion program, would affect many private and charter schools because it would take away some of the funds used for professional development and teacher retention.
A California school district has reported stronger morning attendance rates and fewer tardies after delaying the start time of a local middle school by 25 minutes. Other districts may follow suit, and a state senator has introduced a bill to make middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Researchers found that adolescents with autism spectrum disorder had a four times higher risk of visiting the emergency department, compared with those without ASD, while the rate of ED use among those with ASD increased from 3% in 2005 to 16% in 2013. The findings in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, based on private insurance claims involving youths ages 12 to 21, also showed significantly higher odds of ED visits among older teens with the disorder, compared with those who were younger.
A Maryland district with integrated schools is struggling to overcome racial disparities in its advanced courses and gifted education, according to a data analysis. Despite having twice as many black students as white, the latter outnumber African-Americans 2 to 1 in honors courses, 3 to 1 in gifted-education classes and 4 to 1 in high-school Advanced Placement courses.
Aquinas College has partnered with eight Michigan school districts to offer professional-development courses toward an English as a Second Language and Bilingual teaching certification. The college last year received a $2.5 million federal grant to support districts struggling to find qualified teachers for students who speak other languages.