Students of color more often are referred for special-education testing when they exhibit emotional or behavioral problems than white students with similar problems, according to a recent study from researchers at New York University's Steinhardt School. The study found that black and Latino students also were less likely to be labeled as gifted.
Middle school is a good time for girls to learn how to code because that's when they are more susceptible to its appeal, according to research from Accenture and Girls Who Code. The coding appeal then dips in high school and spikes again in college when girls become inspired by teachers and other role models.
Gamification can be a fun, engaging way for teachers to meet the needs of all students, writes education consultant John McCarthy. In this blog post, he shares six ways to gamify lessons, including by integrating "open sandbox games," such as Minecraft, Guild Wars 2 and Terraria.
Students are learning to type at a younger age than ever before. Lori D'Andrea, a computer-technology teacher in Connecticut, says her approach to typing instruction with her kindergarten, first- and second-grade students is relaxed -- particularly because children at such a young age face some physical barriers to learning how to type well.
The student organization Club Unify at a North Carolina high school has helped incorporate students with special needs into the social life of high school. General-education students frequently hang out with their peers in special education and work together on projects, such as building and riding on a homecoming float.
Students who graduate from competency-based schools are more likely to be better prepared to go to college and start a career, asserts Brian Stack, a high-school principal in New Hampshire. In this commentary, he describes the benefits of the personalized-learning approach.
The Michigan Senate has passed measures that would provide tuition aid for Flint youths going to college or university, and create a recovery authority to manage the city's long-term recovery efforts amid the ongoing water contamination crisis.
The US Department of Education released guidance on Thursday intended to help states and school districts use federal funds to support early learning under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Suggestions include training for teachers and administrators, especially for early-learning teachers who want to integrate technology into their lessons.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released updated recommendations in the journal Pediatrics calling for no screen time for children younger than 24 months, except for video chats with family; a one-hour limit for children ages 2 to 5; and consistent screen-time restrictions for those ages 6 and older. The AAP also launched an online tool that allows parents to create their family's own media-use policy.
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