The Senate Education and Health Committee in Virginia voted unanimously in favor of a bill to ban shaming students if their meal account does not contain enough money. Schools would be required to talk directly with parents or guardians about student lunch debt.
A tree planted on the campus of an Illinois school is a direct descendant of a tree planted during World War II on the grounds of a Nazi concentration camp by an imprisoned teacher. Teachers at the school are developing lesson plans incorporating history and the tree, one of 600 sapling descendants of the original tree.
A Pennsylvania high school is training older students in special education to work in a restaurant by operating one on campus and serving lunch two days a week. The first three days of the week are spent planning the menu, shopping and working on job skills such as interviewing techniques.
Few parents are preparing for the care of their children with disabilities after their death, according to professor Meghan Burke at the University of Illinois. A survey of nearly 400 parents with children ages 3 to 68 found that only 3.6% completed all 11 tasks researchers considered as complete plans and 32% had a "moderate" amount of preparation.
A Maine middle school's students are creating a town historical society and are interviewing older residents for a project on local history. About six elders are mentoring the students and exploring history with them, sharing stories and examining primary sources to learn the history of their area of Maine.
Fifth-graders at a Georgia elementary school are making and coloring paper butterflies to represent the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust. Their project was inspired by one student's discovery of the global Butterfly Project of the Holocaust Museum Houston, inspired by a poem by a writer who died at Auschwitz.
Students at a Wisconsin school have access to physical activity throughout the day, and the trend may be catching on in other states. Northeastern University kinesiology professor Charles Hillman, who is taking part in the US Department of Health and Human Services revised recommendations for physical fitness, says research shows there's a strong connection between fitness and brain function.
It's not always clear what being a teacher leader means, asserts high-school teacher Andrea Marshbank. In this blog post, she highlights supportive roles -- such as showing interest in other classrooms and helping out when needed -- that teacher leaders can play in the school setting.
National Board Certified Teacher Sydney Chaffee says she loves teaching because of the opportunity to witness "small acts of brilliant humanity" by her students. Chaffee, the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, writes in this blog post about an experience in which her students demonstrated "compassionate collaboration."
An elementary school is offering an after-school writing club to students as part of a Washington, D.C., "Excellence in Equity" program. Through a partnership with the Anthology Project, the club engages students in learning literacy and social and emotional learning through creative writing about their lives and experiences that will be collected in anthologies.