Illinois elementary-school principal Christian Mahone describes himself as "the Energizer bunny" because he likes to be out of his office and interacting with students and teachers. Mahone says he intends to bring a new vision to the school and aims to make it a blue ribbon school.
Students in special education in Reading, Pa., will be able to learn and practice life skills such as ironing clothes and cooking meals in a new classroom being built at Central Middle School. The school district already offered a life-skills curriculum, but the new classroom will provide a central location where students can practice the skills they learn, officials say.
Researchers from The Violence Project are working to develop a training program, based on their data, to help educators prevent future incidents of school violence. Jillian Peterson, a project leader, says, for example, that current drills and safety practices in schools may not be effective.
As many as 30% of schools in the US may lack air conditioning, writes environmental economist R. Jisung Park. In this opinion piece, he asserts that this disparity may affect learning -- in particular for black and Hispanic students, who are more likely to learn in classrooms that are not air-conditioned.
CDC researchers found that 35.4% of US nonsmoking youths ages 3 to 17 had secondhand smoke exposure from tobacco between 2013 and 2016, with those ages 3 to 11 having higher SHS exposure rates than older youths. The findings in the agency's NCHS Data Brief also showed higher odds of secondhand smoke exposure among black youths and those from families living below poverty level.
An Indiana University student mental health program called U Bring Change to Mind is being linked to increased inclusive behavior, decreased prejudice and more positive views of "campus mental health culture," a study of the program finds. The program included biweekly meetings and events such as a fashion show to alleviate students' stress.
Historically black colleges and universities are recruiting more international students from countries such as Saudi Arabia and Nigeria to boost tuition income and diversity. However, some school officials cite changes to US immigration policies for an overall decline in international enrollment at US colleges since fall 2016.
A batch of emails obtained by POLITICO shows that student loan industry leaders last year lobbied the US Education Department to block states from regulating their businesses just before federal policy on the practice was implemented. Spokesperson Liz Hill says the department had restated long-standing policy that regulation of the industry is a federal, not a state, matter.
College and university leaders need to take more action to shield faculty, staff and students from hate crimes on campus, write Simone Ispa-Landa, a sociologist at Northwestern University, and Noelle Hurd, a psychologist at the University of Virginia. Messages of inclusion from top administrators and legal assistance for victims can create a proactive campus climate, they assert in this commentary.