Mock trials can help boost literacy and critical-thinking skills among students, writes Shane Safir, a writer, educator and facilitator. In this blog post, she writes about a mock trial exercise she participated in at an Oakland, Calif., high school and how the exercise teaches students how to make an argument and analyze texts.
Media specialist Erick Hanson created a media club in his library to help students learn how to create -- and not just consume -- content. The club, run by students and funded by grants they secured, has taught them the challenges of creating a compelling narrative and how to transition an idea if it fails, among other lessons.
Citizen science projects may help to engage students in environmental conservation, according to a study led by Stephanie Schuttler of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Rachael Polmanteer, an eighth-grade science teacher in North Carolina, said that adopting citizen science lessons in her classroom has helped to engage students in the subject.
Rising fifth- and sixth-graders in a Virginia school district are learning Chinese and Russian during a free four-week program funded by a grant from the federal government. The students, who are chosen to attend by lottery because of heavy interest, speak the languages full time in an immersion model and participate in cultural enrichment activities and field trips.
Educators can benefit from participating in summer learning programs, asserts Brenda McLaughlin, chief strategy officer for the nonprofit Building Educated Leaders for Life. In this commentary, she shares five benefits for teachers, including gaining new professional skills and more time to develop relationships with students.
Undergraduate programs appear ready for disruption, writes Robert MacIntosh of Heriot-Watt University. In this commentary, he envisions a world in which students cobble together courses from different universities and academics get paid directly for their content.
Funding for Pell Grants and workforce training may see modest funding increases as Congress works to reconcile a 2019 congressional spending package. Lawmakers have focused on advancing smaller funding packages instead of an omnibus bill to meet September's deadline to pass government funding measures.
An analysis of federal data finds that women who graduated from 114 of the top 117 universities and colleges earn less than their male peers. The largest gender wage gaps -- of greater than 30% -- existed among graduates from top universities such as Harvard, Stanford and Duke, the data show.
Lehigh Carbon Community College is set to pilot a program that offers free tuition for those interested in training for careers in manufacturing. The Fundamentals of Manufacturing program will include online and traditional instruction, including skills-based learning and exposure to area manufacturing firms.
A recent study found that the proximity of human settlements, along with their population density, is a significant predictor of the number of fish that live around coral reefs. This "human gravity" effect is critical, because overfishing can deplete reefs of the seaweed-eating fish that are key to their survival.
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