African-American male teachers may have to be disciplinarians first and teachers second in their schools, according to a study of 27 teachers in Boston's public schools by researchers at Boston University. Identified by pseudonyms, the teachers described how the additional responsibility affected their students and teaching.
Police officer Chris Scanga has started a reading program at a Missouri elementary school where he serves as a resource officer. Scanga says students read and keep one book a week during the eight-week program that aims to build students' literacy skills while helping to make positive connections with the police.
Grade 11 student Liam Christy in British Columbia is lobbying for proposed legislation that would lower the voting age to 16. Christy says students could become lifelong voters if they are engaged in the electoral process while they're still learning about politics and government in high school.
Martha Zierden, curator of historical archaeology at the Charleston Museum in South Carolina, is helping to tell the city's unwritten history through archaeological digs and other efforts. Zierden shares how fragments of found objects can help tell the stories of the daily lives and contributions made by slaves to the community.
Google plans to roll out a feature this month to help users of its Maps program find wheelchair-accessible public-transit stops in some major cities, such as New York and London. The feature is part of others introduced to help individuals with disabilities to use the program, such as images of transit stops.
Real discipline should always be about learning, asserts Jim Dillon, an educator and administrator. In this blog post, he highlights how supportive environments can help facilitate positive progress for students who exhibit behavior issues.
Project-based learning is helping Maryland teacher Judy Sandler engage her third-grade students in social studies. In this blog post, she describes how a unit on Native Americans has expanded to cover a semester using PBL that addresses such topics as stereotypes and Native American imagery as sports mascots.
The number of 12- to 18-year-olds who report being bullied has declined, according to the federal School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. Data show 20.8% reported being bulled in 2015, down from 31.7% in 2007.
School leaders in the Office of Equity at the Oakland Unified School District in California are expanding equity initiatives. The district recently started programs for African-American female students, Latino and Latina students and Asian Pacific Islanders.