About a dozen states and the District of Columbia include prekindergarten in their funding formulas for kindergarten to grade 12. Megan Carolan, director of policy research at the nonprofit Institute for Child Success, calls this approach "tremendously successful."
Middle-school students worked together to solve high-school math problems -- when they were not told the problems were beyond their grade level, said Zach Hurdle, now an assistant professor of mathematics. In this blog post, Hurdle describes how the approach encourages students to rise to the challenge.
Mohawk Club members of a New York high school are addressing stereotypes by sharing the Mohawk tribe's history, culture and traditions with their peers. Club members recently sold food to raise $1,000 to fund educational activities on Native American Day, which will be a teach-in about the history, songs, dances and crafts of the tribe.
Some rural schools in Ohio have boosted graduation rates and the number of college-going graduates thanks, in part, to the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative. The collaborative, which launched with 21 school districts in 2010, allows for pooling of resources and better access to funding.
Educators implementing the Next Generation Science Standards should consider ways to integrate computer science, asserts computer science integration specialist Sheena Vaidyanathan. In this commentary, she shares several ideas and digital tools to help educators get started.
Students who are exposed to science, technology, engineering and math in early grades may be better prepared for future careers in this field, asserts teacher Diana Traylor. In this commentary, Traylor and two other educators advocate for adding robotics and coding to early learning.
Forty-three education advocacy groups in a letter to the US Senate say they are worried that proposed tax bills could lead to a reduction in federal funds for education. "If tax reform is deficit-financed and adds to the federal debt, as both the budget resolution and the House bill would allow, there will be increased pressure for Congress to curb direct spending for education and all discretionary spending," the letter says.
An analysis by Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation shows that changes made to higher-education tax policies in the House tax bill could cost students and families more than $71 billion over the next decade. Changes include the elimination of the student-loan interest deduction and a new tax on tuition waivers for graduate students.
The Government Accountability Office reports that a majority of all school districts in the country -- about two-thirds -- have taken steps to address active-shooter scenarios. Superintendent Richard Fitzpatrick said such preparation helped ensure students at an elementary school in California went home safely after a recent threat.
Special-education teacher Trina Hepker is using a classroom therapy pig to help calm and motivate students. Hepker said that having students experiencing distress read to the pig for 15 minutes helps them regain control and return to their classroom faster than other methods she has used.
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