Executive-functioning skills should be taught to help students improve their productivity in school, writes educator and consultant Gary Abud Jr. In this blog post, Abud suggests that students need more than planners to develop organizational skills, such as learning to plan ahead to complete tasks on their to-do lists to improve their time-management skills.
K-12 education experts say some of the top concerns for district leaders implementing the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act center on such areas as testing and fair distribution of funding. Jeff Simering, director of legislative services for the Council of the Great City Schools, says he expects leaders to have more questions as states finalize their accountability plans.
Leadership coaching for principals and teachers can be effective when they approach it with a growth mindset and are ready to have their beliefs challenged, writes author and former principal Peter DeWitt. In this blog post, he outlines the benefits of coaching as a form of professional development.
Educators can incorporate social and emotional learning into the classroom by modeling and discussing skills such as problem-solving, empathy, flexibility and teamwork, writes Katie Pozil, a teacher and lead educator for EQtainment. In this blog post, she introduces some tips and tools make SEL a success.
The US Congress is considering a measure that would fund research into how children are affected by media and technology. The Children and Media Research Advancement Act, if approved, would provide the National Institutes of Health with $95 million over five years to study the effect of social media, television, video games, virtual and augmented reality and other media on children's development.
Middle- and high-school students in Western New York are designing prosthetic hands for children through the Hand in Hand project organized by the WNY STEM Hub. The hands will be manufactured by an East Aurora company and given to three local children and two in other countries.
A survey by student lender Sallie Mae found that while most families said college is a good investment, 78% said price is a top consideration and 70% of students have rejected schools that are too expensive, up from 42% in 2008. The data showed 49% of parents rejected schools if student aid wasn't sufficient, up from 30% who did so in 2008.
Next year, more than 650 colleges and universities will use a tool from the Common Application to help students transfer from two-year to four-year schools or between four-year institutions. The new app will provide pathways to students to ensure credits transfer and offer a place to centralize their documents.
A measure introduced last session into the South Carolina state legislature would increase funding for the state's colleges and universities and allocate $125 million in additional funding from the state's internet sales tax revenue, if schools agree to keep tuition steady. University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides says he would support the measure if it comes up in the next legislative session.
Partial vision has been restored in blind mice after they were given two gene injections that transformed non-neuronal cells known as Muller glia into rod photoreceptors, according to a study published in Nature.