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Researchers are looking into reasons why some immigrant populations seem to have unusually low or high incidences of autism. Some studies suggest that children born to mothers who migrated while pregnant may be at higher risk, while other researchers are looking at ways to adapt screening tests -- developed for white, middle-class children -- to other cultures.
About 20 states have included elements of personalized learning in their Every Student Succeeds Act plans, says Lillian Pace of KnowledgeWorks. Even so, Chip Slaven of the Alliance for Excellent Education says states' ESSA plans have not met overall expectations for innovation in schools.
One way educators can promote reading across the curriculum is to have student-selected, independent reading in subject-area classes beyond English, language-arts teacher and instructional-support coach Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. She shares research supporting her ideas and describes how some history and science teachers support reading.
Teachers can help students sharpen their math skills, including spacial reasoning and calculations, by building a gingerbread house, writes elementary math consultant Jeannie Curtis. In this blog post, Curtis outlines the project and how it works as a mix of math review and the introduction of new skills.
More university students in China are choosing to study Arabic, according to this article. Some are learning the language to boost career opportunities while others, such as Chinese Muslims, seek knowledge of the culture and traditions.
Findings from a study by Stanford University researchers challenge the idea that students in wealthier school districts perform better than peers in less-affluent areas. Data show that while those in wealthier areas tend to post higher scores on early-grade testing, those in lower-income schools show more growth over time.
Teachers can foster collaboration in their classrooms by incorporating social emotional learning to build a culture of teamwork, writes 2014 Minnesota State Teacher of the Year Megan Olivia Hall. In this blog post, Hall outlines how these techniques have been used in classrooms.
Some New York high-school students recently put their budgeting skills to the test during a school-planning project. The project challenged teams of students to plan a budget for an imaginary school and present their findings during an annual student cabinet event.
Fourteen Minnesota schools that implemented a three-year physical activity program report improvements in students' math and reading performance. Researchers say physically fit students were 27% more likely to be proficient in math and 24% more likely to excel in reading.