Students of color at an elementary school in Washington, D.C., have access to a book club that seeks to connect them with books featuring characters who look like them and experience real challenges. School leaders say the club has become one of the most popular on campus.
School leaders should work to personalize learning for adults and students, asserts principal Nicholas Bruski. In this blog post, he describes how his school's Teaching & Learning Collaborative has helped shape a culture in which teachers play a leading role in "personalizing the teacher experience."
Some schools in the Upper Cumberland area in Tennessee are working to better prepare students for the workforce through special designations on their diplomas or enrollment in early-college programs. The work ethic diploma designation would reflect mastery of "soft skills," and successful completion of the requirement would guarantee job interviews with partner companies.
About 53% of teenage mothers earn a traditional high-school diploma, according to a report from the nonprofit research organization Child Trends. The report highlights racial and ethnic differences in high-school completion rates among teen mothers.
Ten questions can help educators determine if lessons are designed to cultivate fun and play in the classroom, professor Curtis Chandler writes in this blog post. Questions include: "What real-world tasks/problem-solving can I involve students in?" and "Does the task focus on topics/issues that my students are likely to care about?"
Students in a Virginia school district are working toward earning cosmetology licenses through a career and technical education program. Some of the students in the program work in one school's Wildcat Salon, which is open to the public.
Alabama middle-school principal Anita Clarke says she believes in the power of educators to influence students' futures. Clarke, who was recently honored with a local humanitarian award, says she works to show students she believes in them and sets high expectations for them.
Two New Jersey schools are piloting the use of a therapy dog in their applied behavior analysis program for students with special needs. Student goals will vary but could include socially interacting with the dog and its caretaker or using the animal to stay calm and focus.
Berea College President Lyle Roelofs invites faculty, staff and community members to run with him every morning to promote both physical health and school health. The private Kentucky college caters to a diverse, low-income student body and focuses on mentoring students and offering internships as well as other career-focused training.
Apple has announced a significant investment in the Malala Fund, a charity that helps to educate girls worldwide. The investment will help the fund double its efforts and expand into new countries, according to the announcement.