The school-readiness gap between kindergartners from different economic backgrounds and those from some ethnic and racial backgrounds is narrowing, according to a study by researchers at Stanford University. Data show the gap between lower- and higher-economic groups decreased from 10% to 16% between 1998 and 2010.
A new study found that graduates of public colleges and universities had less debt and were better able to find jobs than their peers who graduated from similar private institutions. Researchers say employers increasingly are looking for the best set of skills and pay less attention to what school workers attended.
Teachers at a Virginia elementary school pasted vinyl numbers on the steps of the building's stairwells to help students learn multiplication tables while walking to class. The teachers got the idea from a Twitter post about a California school that used stairs to teach vocabulary words.
Marvel Comics will feature science, technology, engineering, arts and math subjects on five upcoming covers to engage young readers in those fields. The covers will show well-known superheroes, including Spider-Man and the Hulk, doing STEAM-related activities.
Marketing students at an Indiana high school are learning real-world business skills while co-managing their town's community farmers market. The students prepare its layout and research and set fees for vendors who want to participate, among other duties.
School leaders and teachers must support and encourage one another to make effective systemwide changes in how they approach teaching, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers suggest in this blog post. Leaders must allow their teacher leaders the latitude to speak up and implement agreed-upon changes, they advise.
Professionals should be compassionate with a difficult colleague but also should set up a meeting with that colleague to address problems before they get out of hand, career coach Lisa Quast advises. Professionals should make the meeting private and work to understand their points of view and find solutions, she suggests.
Students at a Texas middle school are learning real-world math by creating and managing a grocery store at the school. Activities include calculating sales tax and salaries for workers, as well as making change.
Some struggling middle- and high-school students are finding success in a Georgia school district's alternative programs that include small academic classes and behavioral interventions. High-schoolers work with professionals on emotional and behavioral issues as well as career planning, while middle-schoolers participate in military-skills training that includes color-guard drills and tours of military installations.
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