Boys are better are computer-based reading -- potentially because they play more video games -- according to a recent analysis by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The analysis of 46 countries finds that the gender gap in reading was wider in print than when students used digital material.
A Nebraska school district has partnered with the local library system to expand Internet access for students. Under the agreement, students will be able to access the school district's network from the library. The agreement comes as the school system is preparing to roll out a one-to-one Chromebook program.
A teacher in Portugal creates a fictitious crime to engage students in grammar lessons. Using target language and vocabulary, Jeni Peake's students work together to solve fake murder mysteries. One educator said while the role-playing exercise may be too dark for some classrooms, the technique could be adapted to another scenario, such as a theft or other mysteries.
Philadelphia Public School District operates several schools that emphasize a hands-on approach to learning, including three high schools that opened last year and a middle school coming next year. At such schools, students are assessed based on content knowledge, how they tackle projects that require application of real-world skills, creativity and collaboration with peers.
A prekindergarten program in Texas uses a curriculum focused on storytelling to develop English-language learners' literacy skills. Educators use the school's Oral and Written Language Laboratory for training other teachers and to encourage students to talk through dramatic play. Educators also use it to teach parents how to use storytelling in English or their native language to help improve literacy in the home.
Students in a Colorado high school's Advanced Placement Human Geography class recently conducted a research project into the opening of a middle school within their school. To determine the effect the school would have on the community, the students reviewed data and documents, and they interviewed writers of the proposal for the middle school. The students then presenting their conclusions to local officials charged with approving the new school.
New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo could be poised to reverse course on the role students' test scores play in teachers' evaluations. Cuomo at one time pushed for test scores to count for as much as 50% of teachers' evaluations. Now, some say he is considering supporting a reduction -- or eliminating the use of test scores altogether.
The six school districts that make up the Urban School Food Alliance are using their collective purchasing power to replace the traditional plastic sporks in school cafeterias with knives, forks and spoons made of compostable materials. The move is one of several initiatives announced by officials in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and Orlando, Fla.
The toy industry is embracing female action figures and dolls that pay homage to science, technology, engineering and math. Doc McStuffins, GoldieBlox's Ruby Rails and Barbie's focus on dolls that portray women in science careers are among the toys available to be under the tree for many girls this holiday season.
A new set of professional standards released this week by the Council of Chief State School Officers outlines the knowledge and abilities of effective school leaders. The 10 standards, approved last month, "reflect a positive approach to leadership that is optimistic, emphasizes development and strengths, and focuses on human potential," the council stated.
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