A measure from Democratic Alaska state Rep. Matt Claman would require school health curricula to include mental health instruction. The bill looks to foster discussions about mental health and erase the stigma.
A study in JAMA Network Open found implementing the Smart Snacks in School standards in 310 US public schools was associated with a mean decrease of 53.9 kilocalories per day from solid fats and sugars. Students in states with Smart Snacks in School laws consumed fewer kcals from solid fats and added sugars, compared with students in states that did not have laws requiring implementation of the program.
Teaching the concept of "hope" as a habit can help students see the world as a place that they want to improve for themselves and others, according to Sarah Stitzlein, a professor of education at the University of Cincinnati. In this podcast interview, Stitzlein discusses her class Save Our Schools, suggests reforms for education and argues for getting students involved in the community.
Western Kentucky University received a $1 million grant to increase the number of special-education professionals across the state and region. Corinne Murphy, dean of the school's College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, said shortages are worse in rural communities but are a problem across the country.
A high school in Detroit created a position of alumni success coordinator, who is charged with following up with students after graduation and offering support during their college years. The effort, which includes in-person visits, is seeks to address data showing that some students may enroll in college but fail to graduate.
Cross-curricular writing is making gains in more schools, so Jeremy Hyler, a middle-school English teacher, offers strategies to integrate writing into science classes. In this blog post, Hyler writes that one strategy he uses is to ask students to keep their science notebooks with them, so they have more opportunities to write and draw.
The high-school completion rate among black and white young adults has narrowed -- 94.8% for white students and 93.8% for black students, according to a report from the National Center for Education Statistics. Officials say they're unsure how the improvement was made to the gap that has existed since 1977.
Spanglish is spoken in areas in which bilingual speakers communicate in both English and Spanish languages, such as in Texas along the US-Mexico border. This article and radio segment explore the growing interest in Spanglish and examines why it is difficult to define among languages.
Teachers at one school in New York state and at another in Pennsylvania are learning to monitor and understand students' brain activity to inform literacy instruction as part of a program through the Haskins Global Literacy Hub, which is associated with Yale University. Teachers use technology to see how the brain changes as students respond to reading instruction, and the long-term hope is that the findings will help determine which students will respond to particular interventions.
Using representational drawings or concrete examples from daily life can help students make sense of fractions, writes former teacher LauraMarie Coleman. She gives an example of asking students how they would divide a giant chocolate chip cookie to share and making a bar drawing to visualize the problem.