Schools will implement the Every Student Succeeds Act during the 2017-18 school year, and districts are considering now how to implement the new federal law. "The success or the failure of activity under the law is going to rest with us," said Peter Zamora, director of federal relations for the Council of Chief State School Officers.
A new $30 million White House initiative will provide Pell Grants to about 12,000 inmates who want to pursue a college education. The inmates will be eligible to use the grants at 67 participating community- and four-year colleges.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has unveiled a school-funding plan that would set an equal per-student spending statewide. The plan calls for spending to total $6,599 per student across all districts.
Some 30 Nebraska students recently studied historical events at a camp modeled after the "I Survived" book series. Held in a museum, campers were asked to reflect on events like the Battle of Gettysburg, the attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the Titanic, and to consider whether they would have survived the tragedies.
A recent report from the National Association of State Boards of Education notes that although 30 states accept computer science classes as part of requirements for graduation, only five states have computer science education standards. The report details efforts to help states set up standards.
Serena Pariser, a national evaluator for Schools of Character and a former Teacher of the Year, suggests schools could adapt the concept of a kindness meter used in a California community. In this blog post, she outlines how the concept could support the development of social-emotional skills among students.
An Arizona school district works to identify and support students who are English-language learners and identified as gifted. Officials share tips to help other districts identify ELL students who also are gifted.
Texas 4-H programs help students develop leadership, public-speaking and consumer decision-making skills, and allow them to gain knowledge about agriculture, program officials say. More than $150,000 in 4-H scholarships have been granted so far this year.
Job seekers should treat an informational interview like a traditional interview by dressing professionally and crafting good questions to spark a deeper conversation, some experts suggest. After the interview, they should ask for other references to build a network and keep up a relationship with the current contact, they advise.
Special-education teacher Kira Miller shares several strategies for guiding students with special needs in writing the first draft of an essay. In this third blog post on her series about teaching writing skills, she explains how she works with students to write thesis statements, chose an audience and write from an outline.
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