The free virtual advising program CollegePoint can have some effect on where students go to college, according to two studies. Research shows the program, started by Bloomberg Philanthropies and America Achieves, can help direct slightly more students to institutions that are more selective and to those with higher graduation rates.
Students who enroll in early-college high school may be more likely to enroll in college and earn postsecondary degrees within six years, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse. Researchers say such programs may better prepare students for college and that earning college credits in high school helps students complete degrees faster than some of their peers.
Culturally responsive teaching involves teachers getting to know students to use their strengths to support and improve their learning experience. This may require finding creative ways to let students help each other understand and matching high expectations to high support, writes educator Charles Alexander.
An Urban Institute report shows that while federal spending on programs aimed at children has declined over the past decade, there has been a recent increase in aid for programs for children from low-income households. Researchers say funding for children will likely go through more cuts, as money is allocated toward the national debt and programs that serve senior citizens.
Google has partnered with the YWCA to create opportunities for girls of color to explore STEM subjects. The tech company's Boulder, Colo., campus recently hosted students -- girls ages 9 to 14 -- who are taking part in the YWCA Boulder County STEM E3 program to learn about and gain experience in coding and artificial intelligence.
There are strategies for guiding discussions that can be adapted for classrooms of younger students, according to kindergarten teacher Ruth Calkins. In this blog post, she describes how the models work to support communication, including Turn and Talk and Think-Pair-Share.
Students across the US celebrated Constitution Day in various ways, such as the Mississippi high-school students who met with a federal lawmaker and the Tennessee students who registered to vote. In Oregon, a group of attorneys and judges visited a high-school class to talk about how the Constitution is used in courtrooms, while students in West Virginia received pocket-sized copies of the Constitution.
A group of Philadelphia students in sixth through eighth grades attended a weeklong program about the role of STEM in transportation. Offered by the Community College of Philadelphia, the Transportation Summer Camp sought to introduce students -- especially girls -- to career possibilities in the field transportation and included field trips to a city bus garage and a Carvana Vehicle processing facility.
US Senate education committee chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is expected to introduce several measures aimed at creating a scaled-down reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Action on FAFSA streamlining, Pell Grant expansion and the College Transparency Act could be added to a funding bill for historically black colleges and universities passed by the House earlier this week.
Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, has been flaring up more brightly than astronomers have seen since they started monitoring it more than 20 years ago, according to findings published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. Researchers, who observed the brightest flare this May in near-infrared wavelengths, say the flaring may be caused by objects passing in close proximity.
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