Play is an important part of how children learn, writes Amanda Armstrong, a doctoral candidate at New Mexico State University. Armstrong shares several strategies to help integrate play in early education, including recognizing that students have varied play preferences based on their culture and other factors.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he is considering a plan to help continue school food services if the partial federal government shutdown continues. He said school food in the city -- where 75% of students qualify for free and reduced-price meals -- is a top priority.
The US Department of Education will lead an effort to address the use of restraint and seclusion on students with disabilities, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Thursday. As part of the initiative, schools will receive resources that clarify how to use interventions to address behavioral issues among students with disabilities.
Research from the Federal Reserve shows that rural students who have the most college debt are more likely to move to bigger cities to find higher-paying jobs. The study also shows that two-thirds of students who had not taken out loans remained in rural areas six years later while about half of their peers with loans had moved away.
Encouraging students to ask questions and push back on some concepts can become frustrating for teachers and students, asserts educator James Campbell. In this commentary, Campbell shares how pushback by students has made him a better teacher and explains a project in which students envisioned a better education model.
Lisa Winchel, a Wisconsin high-school art teacher, and 11 students have created portraits of 12 children who fled violence in Myanmar and who currently live in a refugee settlement in Bangladesh. Working with a social studies teacher, Winchel says taking part in the Memory Project, which has gathered more than 130,000 portraits of refugee children since 2004, has made the students more aware of the world beyond their small town.
A new survey of employers by the Graduate Management Admission Council found that 78% say they will hire recent MBA graduates this year, up from 77% in 2018. "It's clear from our data that more talent from business schools is needed to fuel company growth -- which then leads to economic growth in any given region," GMAC board Chairman Bill Boulding said.
A program called Apprenti -- operated through the Washington Technology Industry Association in partnership with the US Labor Department -- offers on-the-job training for technology-focused jobs at 50 companies. About 330 graduates completed the program in 2018, landing full-time jobs at companies such as Amazon and Microsoft -- and another 700 or more are expected to complete the program this year.
A New York elementary school is using "Math Mats" to provide a multisensory learning experience for basic math skills such as fractions and math facts. Fourth-grade teacher George Di-Giovanni said he uses the mats to introduce new concepts for an engaging, visual learning experience.
Jennifer Moss says she'll be "in the trenches" with teachers building relationships with them and the students when she takes her new position as principal of a West Virginia middle school in July. Moss, who currently serves as assistant principal at another school, says she will help teachers cultivate their strengths and uncover their passion for education.
- Page 1