High-school graduates who attend school in one of 22 states or the District of Columbia who demonstrate fluency in two or more languages can earn seals of biliteracy. US Education Secretary John King Jr. highlighted such programs during a symposium on multiliteracy and dual-language learning.
Teachers at a Massachusetts high school have revamped the way students engage with books as part of a summer program. Rather than just talking about the books, students engage in activities connected to the books' theme, such as when 10th-graders went hiking after reading about personal growth and unique life journeys.
Some linguists report that multiculturalism and "talking to machines and listening to Americans" will change accents and how the British speak the Queen's English. In a recent report, the linguists say that by 2066, English in Great Britain will feature shortened words and simplified pronunciation as, among other things, American technology uses a "relaxed and unpretentious approach" to the language.
Most students take notes out of habit, but Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho, writes in this blog post that students need to learn to transform note-taking from a tedius habit into a powerful tool for thinking. Chandler suggests strategies to help students learn to take valuable notes.
High-school students in California have founded the Association of Computational and Mathematical Modeling. The group is creating free resources that it hopes will help educators incorporate modeling methods into math instruction.
Boosting teachers' content-area knowledge may not translate to improvements among students, according to a report by the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. Data show the performance of students in classes where teachers participated in content-intensive math training did not improve, despite the teachers scoring higher on a test of math knowledge.
The US ranked third overall in the World Economic Forum's global index. However, the US did not make the top 10 regarding basic requirement pillars, such as health, infrastructure, institutions, macroeconomic environment and primary education.
Youths with untreated high blood pressure had normal scores in tests of verbal skills, memory and processing speed, although they performed worse compared with those with normal blood pressure, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. The findings were based on data involving 150 children ages 10 to 18.
"High quality early learning" cannot occur without access to basic necessities, such as health care, nutrition and safety, Beverly Falk, professor and director of graduate programs in early childhood education at City College of New York, writes in this commentary. She explores what such programs look like in practice.
LGBT students may be more likely to be bullied during the school day, according to a survey of 1,367 students ages 13 to 18, and 1,015 middle- and high-school teachers. Less than 25% of teachers surveyed reported receiving professional development about transgender student issues.
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