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.
Students at one Tennessee elementary school are solving math problems during physical-education classes thanks to a 3D projector called "Lu." Students throw balls at an interactive screen to choose the right answer to addition, multiplication, subtraction and division problems.
Several suicides among students and staff led a Kansas school district to seek ways to support mental health and remove the stigma that often surrounds it. In this blog post, Jessica Dain, assistant superintendent of support services at Olathe Public Schools, shares how her district changed its culture with a heavy focus on data.
Musician Steve Gooding takes his band to schools for financial literacy education through his Funding the Future foundation. The songs are not about financial topics, but they are intended to get students excited before they start learning how to manage their money, as sixth-graders at Bussey Middle School in Texas did recently in an assembly.
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