Once written off, several states, including Arkansas and Louisiana, are returning to teaching cursive handwriting and have adopted laws mandating its instruction. Supporters say learning to write in cursive helps students to improve both their spelling and their understanding of how to put words together.
Teachers at a New Jersey school are using the NASA EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) program to help their students with special needs learn about science, work on motor skills and other tasks. The program allows students to view and operate a camera on the International Space Station using a classroom computer.
Orange County, Calif., business leaders and schools are creating pathways to in-demand jobs through company training programs and career and technical education programs. At the region's community colleges, CTE grants and gifts from local businesses have allowed students to work with the latest technology.
Linda Darling-Hammond, professor emeritus at Stanford University's School of Education, leads the Learning Policy Institute -- an organization committed to connecting education policy-makers with the research they need to make fact-based decisions. In this interview, Darling-Hammond talks about the institute's work and how education leaders can use the data.
Over the past 30 years, spending on prisons grew twice as fast as spending on education, according to a recent analysis from the US Department of Education. In this commentary, Education Secretary John King Jr. writes that the US should be working to promote more education -- not incarceration.
Some schools -- under stricter academic requirements -- have placed character education on the back burner, but teaching such skills should be a priority, educator Paul Barnwell writes in this commentary. He considers the history of character education and highlights how educators incorporate the topic in their lessons.
There are five education-technology priorities that school districts will want to invest in as the new school year gets underway, asserts writer Alan Joch. Among them are networks that can handle growing traffic from mobile devices, security and student privacy, and digital interactive projectors.
The share of student loan borrowers using income-based repayment plans reached 20% in 2016, quadrupling in just four years, according to a new White House report. However, those with low debt who are most likely to default are lagging in their use of the plan, and experts say the government should do more to educate them about their options.
A Missouri school district recently held Technopalooza, a conference featuring dozens of professional-development sessions on the latest in education technology. About 350 teachers learned about devices, including 3D printers and iPads.
Language programs are not just about learning to communicate, but they also help students understand the world, write Shuhan Wang and Joy Kreeft Peyton, both of Asia Society's Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network. In this blog post, they write about how language programs support the goal of helping students develop 21st-century skills.
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