Teaching computer science to all students is a goal for many schools. To help reach this goal, some states allow computer science to satisfy math, science or foreign-language requirements. Other efforts include integrating the subject in prekindergarten through 12th grade.
Early-childhood intervention programs should be based on the most current brain science research, according to a report by Harvard University researchers. In the report, they call for new ways to create and test interventions, including development of an online and in-person network.
The number of sexual assaults reported at colleges and universities increased by 126% between 2001 and 2013, even as overall crime on campuses decreased by 34% over the same period, a new report finds. The data also show the number of hate crimes reported on campus has remained steady since tracking began in 2009.
English teacher Marjie Bowker has helped her Washington state high-school students transform and grow through the experience of writing their personal stories of pain and trauma. Students learn about the writing and editing process while working on their narrative stories, which are later performed with readings for the school and published in an annual anthology.
About 68% of teachers are using online video in instruction and 48% are engaging students in gaming, according to a report from Project Tomorrow. More than half of the administrators surveyed -- 54% -- said that encouraging teachers to include digital learning in their classroom practice is a top priority.
Tapping into students' emotions can help them learn, asserts Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, a former seventh-grade teacher and current associate professor at the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. "It is literally neurobiologically impossible to think deeply about things that you don't care about," she said.
Teachers may perform better on the job if they use mindfulness strategies to manage stress, according to a report by researchers at the University of Virginia. The study of New York City teachers found that the teachers were more emotionally supportive and their performance improved after participating in a mindfulness program.
Data from a report by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Department of Justice show fewer incidents of violent crimes and bullying and harassment in US schools. Still, some say, there is more room for improvement. "Bullying is down, crime is down, but it's not enough," said Peggy Carr, the NCES' acting commissioner.
Geospatial scientist Robbi Bishop-Taylor has mapped out the waterways of Australia and Europe. In this Q-and-A, he discusses the ephemeral nature of Australia's streams and the importance of making maps that let scientists track changes in the natural environment. "By using huge geographic data sets, we're trying to identify and prioritize saving the most important habitats, hopefully giving species and ecosystems a better shot at surviving extremes like severe drought," he says.
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