More students enrolled in Boston Public Schools are taking arts education classes, with about 90% of K-8 students participating on a weekly basis. Myran Parker-Brass, executive director for the arts, says the district wants to implement universal access to arts education for K-8 students.
The IBM Foundation in collaboration the American Federation of Teachers has developed Teacher Advisor. The free artificial-intelligence technology program will be available by the end of the year, first to third-grade math teachers and later to other grade levels and subject areas.
Fourteen universities will begin offering "MicroMasters" courses based on the massive open online courses model and designed to help students sharpen workforce skills. The graduate-level program is available for free, though students can pay $1,000 to receive a certificate of completion.
Some student-loan borrowers have complained to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about private lenders extending repayment terms and lowering monthly payments when borrowers try to prepay their principal. CFPB officials say the practice results in borrowers paying more interest and warn borrowers to watch monthly statements for any irregularities.
Some students in a Texas school who are reluctant readers are practicing reading at their own pace through the "Read and Roll Over" program. The program allows students to read to dogs from the Gulf Coast Humane Society, which says the animals also benefit from the school-visit program.
Teachers from four elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District will work on a program to support English-language learners that is assisted by the students' native languages. The district will collaborate with Loyola Marymount University, which received a $2.7 million grant to help fund the program and train 84 teachers.
Behavioral interventions may be more effective than stimulant medications at helping students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to focus on homework, according to a study by researchers at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University in Miami. The small-scale study considered trends among 75 school-age children.
A Utah school district this week started a pilot program focused on medical manufacturing. The Utah Department of Workforce Services provided funding for the program, which will allow students to graduate with a certificate in medical manufacturing innovations.
California elementary-school principal Marcia Reed says she has used the theme of peace in instruction and restorative-justice techniques in discipline to create a school culture that fosters cooperative learning. Reed has been named a 2016 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Students attending a school in Indiana often participate in walking, dancing and stomping during lessons about English, math and history. The magnet school includes tools and equipment, such as yoga balls and standing desks, to help encourage health and physical activity.
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