The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled an anti-vaping campaign aimed at teens that includes messaging in 10,000 school bathrooms and on websites and employs geofencing to target young people in schools. The push spotlights the dangers of chemicals used in vaping liquids, with cautionary video ads across social including YouTube, Instagram and Spotify.
A middle-school principal in Colorado credits part of the school's academic improvements to increased enrollment in its music program. Principal Nicole Petersen says that even students who begin their classes with no musical experience can see improvement if they work hard and that helps them build confidence.
Heather Stinnett, lead adviser for Khan Lab School in California, says meeting one-on-one with her students has improved her teaching. In this commentary, she shares how the meetings have changed her classroom culture, helped her see students as individuals, and improved student scores and behavior.
A Florida school district is using funds from a federal Title IV grant to enhance its gifted-education programs by hiring more teachers and expand student screenings. The goal is to place more gifted-education teachers at schools in low-income neighborhoods and screen more second-graders for the program.
To help students overcome their fear of math, Mary Johnson, a former Washington, D.C., math teacher and tutor, says she focuses on students' "state of mind" and presents them with a formula that focuses on efforts to build confidence. Johnson says educators must not make assumptions about student abilities and should focus on teaching the basics.
A career and technical education center in New York state recently started an animal science program for high-school juniors and seniors. The course includes lessons in physiology, anatomy and animal handling and is intended for students who want to pursue animal-related careers.
Only three school districts in Indiana have applied for funding through the state's $35 million school safety loan program, created in May. Districts are eligible to apply for loans of as much as $500,000 through the Common School Fund.
A National Bureau of Economic Research study found allowing all students to have free school lunch, instead of providing it only to those whose parents filled out application forms, may reduce the number of children who get suspended repeatedly from school. Researchers said federal community eligibility for student meals improves nutrition and the "social climate" at schools "by reducing the stigma associated with free meals."
Some lessons on health and nutrition that students receive in school actually may be harmful, asserts author and childhood feeding expert Dr. Katja Rowell. Rowell says that, "harmful, anxiety-inducing 'health' advice is everywhere," and some of it could actually encourage harmful behavior.
One Texas district has approved a pilot program to hire virtual teachers for American Sign Language classes at two high schools. ASL is considered the third most popular foreign language in the district, where it is accommodating 74 of 174 students seeking ASL instruction because of a lack of teachers.