An application that prompts parents to work on math skills with elementary-age children through simple stories and sound effects could be helpful for math-anxious parents, according to a study published in the journal Science. Engaging in math stories might help build a positive attitude toward math in the home that supports achievement in the classroom, the lead author suggests in this Q&A.
Game-based learning did not make the cut for the New Media Consortium's 2015 Horizon Report on technology trends in education, which includes trends expected to become mainstream within two or three years. "It's not that game-based learning isn't important or cool, it's that it isn't close to mainstream adoption," NMC Executive Director Larry Johnson said.
Students attending schools at both ends of the spectrum -- elite high schools to lower-income schools -- may be overly stressed. One recent study found a majority of students at two elite high schools reported feeling chronic stress, with 38% saying they had used alcohol in the past month. Researchers say changes to school culture and teaching students coping strategies could help mitigate the effects of extreme stress.
The White House, in collaboration with the American School Counselor Association, recently honored school counselors during the Counselor of the Year awards. In this article, the award winner -- and other counselors -- share best practices for preparing students for college and career, including expanding dual-enrollment opportunities.
Connecticut's technical high-school system is undergoing a five-year, $10 million initiative to ensure that pathway programs are equipped with professional-grade machinery. One high school this week unveiled a new precision machining shop that includes state-of-the-art equipment and software.
Public and private colleges and universities in urban areas are implementing new programs to better engage students who may work or not live on campus. Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., has case managers who guide students to resources, and other schools have established student success centers to help students feel connected.
Students gain more control and voice in their learning when they lead parent conferences, educator Kriscia Cabral writes in this blog post. Cabral, a second- and third-grade teacher, describes five steps to teach students to analyze their skills and set learning goals to present to their parents during conferences.
Iowa high-school students will learn the history of the state's caucus system in a seven-part, nonpartisan series called "Caucus 101," which was written by three Iowa teachers. The series is designed to help students understand the Iowa's caucuses. Current presidential campaigns have been invited to submit videos to include in a lesson plan.
High-school students in the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin who are interested in becoming teachers have a new career-path option. The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education and the district have launched the Tomorrow's Educators for Equity in Madison program, which aims to increase diversity among teachers and help close student achievement gaps.
A group of senators and Education Secretary Arne Duncan this week urged Congress to include provisions in the No Child Left Behind rewrite that maintain protections for disadvantaged students. "The law is a result of civil rights activism -- of blood, tears and sweat. And it's insulting to that memory that we have a piece of legislation that pulls back that kind of accountability," Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said.
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