Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida expanded students' access to technology in so-called digital deserts to help raise its graduation rate to 90% by 2020, according to Lisette Alves, assistant superintendent, division of academics for the district. Alves describes the tech rollout and shares three lessons the district learned.
Students often enter the classroom with misconceptions and erroneous information about a topic, writes Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Chandler offers tips to help repair these misconceptions, including sparking dialogue about students' assumptions on a topic and introducing the facts.
Government officials in Morocco are encouraging the teaching of French in formal education, and have proposed that the language be used to teach science, math and technical courses. The country's official languages are Arabic and Amazigh, but French is used in business, higher-education institutions and government, and some officials tout the benefits of increasing proficiency.
The human brain was not designed to read, and in the digital age people increasingly are skimming rather than reading in depth, according to two university educators. This trend could affect critical thinking and empathy that is fueled by deeper reading, asserts Maryanne Wolf of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Eight California high-school students have interviewed and written profiles of 36 business owners, political leaders and educators in Bakersfield to produce a book highlighting the unique history of the city. One hundred copies of "Greetings From Bakersfield" will be printed to sell at a local museum.
School travel programs provide several benefits to middle-school students, including keeping them engaged in language learning at a critical time, writes Heather Singmaster, director at the Center for Global Education at Asia Society. Singmaster tells about a Portland, Oregon, Mandarin immersion program in which students travel to China and exercise their language skills through projects and research in their host city.
Children who immigrate to the US and do not speak English are more likely to take more high-school science and math classes than native peers, according to a recent study. The data also show 36% of immigrants go on to major in STEM fields in college compared to 20% of students born in the US.
Learning a second language has cognitive benefits, researchers have found, and progress can be made in about one hour a day. Some experts offer suggestions for learning a second language, including Lisa Meneghetti, a data analyst from Treviso, Italy, who says one challenge to overcome is mixing words.
This week marks 10 years since President Barack Obama earmarked $100 billion for education as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Alyson Klein details how the dollars were allocated and reveals that the track record for programs funded through the stimulus has been mixed.
Sixth-grade students were more likely to stand up to bullies than ninth-graders, according to a study in North Carolina by researchers at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Findings also showed that students were more likely to report bullying if they had clearly established rules at home, felt safe at school and had trust in their teachers.
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