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Are gifted kids more sensitive to screen violence?
Are gifted kids more sensitive to screen violence?
The past few weeks have been full of several unfortunate violent events: the massacre in Orlando, the killing of black men by police officers, the sniper attack in Dallas, the Bastille Day attack in France, the violent coup attempt in Turkey and the sh...
What do unpaid lunch tabs mean for schools?
What do unpaid lunch tabs mean for schools?
Like many parents of school-age children, Frances Frost tries to keep up with the papers sent home in her daughter Natalie's backpack. Sifting through permission slips, picture day fliers, field-trip notices and other forms seems like a daily occurrenc...
Study: Moms are most stressed when their children start middle school
Study: Moms are most stressed when their children start middle school
Raising an infant can be challenging, but raising an early adolescent may be even harder. According to a recent study from researchers at Arizona State University, mothers are the most stressed when their children start middle school. For the study, re...
The civil rights problem in US schools: 10 new numbers
The civil rights problem in US schools: 10 new numbers
It's a rare and remarkable view into America's public schools and the challenges that continue some 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education: The Civil Rights Data Collection survey. Since 1968, the federal government has been sending it to the natio...
How to break into smaller groups in the classroom to focus on writing
How to break into smaller groups in the classroom to focus on writing
Teachers would love to give each student individual attention whenever they need it, but packed classrooms often make that a difficult task. As a result, it's not uncommon for teachers to move on to new concepts even when some are still struggling to i...
Guided reading: How to organize the chaos
Guided reading: How to organize the chaos
Guided reading has become increasingly popular, and for good reason; it works. The opportunity to work with children in small groups, instruct in a way that's laser focused on students' level of development, and directly address individual challenges a...
Engaging culturally and linguistically diverse parents and families
Engaging culturally and linguistically diverse parents and families
Parental and familial involvement in schools has long been known to increase academic achievement and long-term success for students. Research points out that students whose families are engaged in their education achieve at higher levels academically,...
7 qualities that promote teacher leadership in schools
7 qualities that promote teacher leadership in schools
There's a growing consensus among students, parents, teachers and education leaders that the current education system isn't appropriately preparing young people for the future. Many districts are looking toward technology to patch the disconnect, but s...
Tween online habits, revealed
Tween online habits, revealed
Most toddlers can swipe an iPad, tap an e-book, and call grandma on mom's phone, so you'd think that kids in upper elementary school would be seasoned digital users and experts at navigating the web. As it turns out, a new study published in the Intern...
Keyboarding used as early tool to get more kids into programming
Keyboarding used as early tool to get more kids into programming
Certain studies have revealed that though kids these days are called "digital natives" because they have lived their whole lives surrounded by technology, many lack basic tech skills. Some schools are trying to address this problem head-on by providing...
5 ways music and tech are adding a little STEAM to our lessons
5 ways music and tech are adding a little STEAM to our lessons
Jilian Reynolds, a contributor for eSchool News, writes: "The holy grail for those of us in education is a method that imbues students with higher-level thinking skills that stick, preparing them for what comes next in their lives. This means not just ...
To do better in school, kids should exercise their bodies as well as their brains, experts say
To do better in school, kids should exercise their bodies as well as their brains, experts say
Attention parents: If you'd like to see your kids do better in school, have them close their books, set down their pencils and go outside to play. That's the latest advice from an international group of experts who studied the value of exercise in scho...
Are summer 'camps' the next frontier in helping disadvantaged students catch up?
Are summer 'camps' the next frontier in helping disadvantaged students catch up?
It was July-hot outside of Octavia Wolf's classroom, but inside, 18 children were gathered on a rug around their teacher, who led them through a book about the life of undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau. As Wolf posed questions, hands shot up. Students...
What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?
What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?
Popular mobile devices may come and go, but the iPad has remained a hit in the K-12 classroom. But even though they're in schools, our work with teachers has led us to understand that while many of them would like to use iPads meaningfully in their cla...
Microcredentials provide highly personalized PD
Microcredentials provide highly personalized PD
Few teachers receive individualized professional development, though many are expected to personalize learning for students. Microcredentials — digital badges that teachers earn by learning a skill and demonstrating mastery through student result...
Struggling with school policy implementation? Some scenarios may help
Struggling with school policy implementation? Some scenarios may help
Like it or not, school do need policies and guidelines, whether it be for how we go about assessment, giving homework, dealing with academic dishonesty, or matters pertaining to the safeguarding of children. Writing the policy, guidelines or procedures...
Tablets: Tools for learning or distracting toys?
Tablets: Tools for learning or distracting toys?
Classrooms have come a long way since the days of pencils, paper and textbooks. Now many school districts are trading those tools in for new ones — the latest tablets and laptops, to be exact. So what kind of impact is all this technology having ...
Are young kids losing the brain-boosting benefits of playtime?
Are young kids losing the brain-boosting benefits of playtime?
As kindergarten and pre-K have become more academically rigorous, some worry that the very youngest students may be missing out on crucial development through abundant playtime. But other educators believe setting high expectations for achievement help...
Science classrooms boast technology but lack basic supplies
Science classrooms boast technology but lack basic supplies
In Science, Technology, Engineering and Math news, the National Center for Science Education discusses how while some modern science classrooms have state-of-the-art instructional technology but no money for basic supplies. According to NCSE's Emily Sc...
In elementary education, 'doing science' rather than just memorizing it
In elementary education, 'doing science' rather than just memorizing it
The battle over Common Core education standards is playing out across the country, but a new set of requirements for teaching science is creeping into curricula without the same fanfare. Some states are voluntarily adopting the practices, which emphasi...
The fantastic new ways to teach math that most schools aren't even using
The fantastic new ways to teach math that most schools aren't even using
This is an exciting time to be a mathematics teacher-educator. In the past two decades, we have developed a much better understanding not only of how children learn math, but also of how to teach math — and how to prepare teachers to teach math. ...
Finding the best tech tools for today's cutting-edge classrooms
Finding the best tech tools for today's cutting-edge classrooms
Providing a consistent education-technology experience district-wide is important for students, teachers, administrators and even parents. Prior to starting the process of standardizing new future-proof technologies, our district's technology was not c...
CDC offers new stats on disability prevalence
CDC offers new stats on disability prevalence
More than 1 in 7 American children have a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but prevalence is far from steady across the country. At the high end, 21.5 percent of kids in Ark...
The departure of the 'turnaround principal'
The departure of the 'turnaround principal'
It wasn't long into Damon Holmes's tenure as the new principal of Malcolm X Shabazz High School this fall that Sharon Cook, an administrator at Shabazz, knew the school and students were going to be okay under the new guy. Cook was having a meeting wit...
Diversifying school districts requires more than lipservice
Diversifying school districts requires more than lipservice
More than 60 years after the groundbreaking decision in Brown v. Board of Education, America's school systems are still charged as being separate and unequal. Teachers, administrators and policymakers are all grappling with the chilling statistics on r...
State-by-state look at chronic absenteeism across America
State-by-state look at chronic absenteeism across America
It's a challenge to teach children who aren't in class — and new government numbers show more than 6.5 million students were absent for at least three weeks of the school year. The problem was particularly acute in Washington, D.C., where nearly ...
Most literate nation in the world? Not the US, new ranking says
Most literate nation in the world? Not the US, new ranking says
A new world ranking of countries and their literacy rates puts the United States at 7th. Who's No. 1? Finland. The study, conducted by John W. Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn., analyzes trends in literate ...
3 challenges as hands-on, DIY culture moves into schools
3 challenges as hands-on, DIY culture moves into schools
Take a look this summer inside some of America's garages, museums and libraries and you'll see that the "maker movement" is thriving. This hands-on, DIY culture of inventors, tinkerers and hackers is inspiring adults and children alike to design and bu...
How has Google affected the way students learn?
How has Google affected the way students learn?
Take a look at this question: How do modern novels represent the characteristics of humanity? If you were tasked with answering it, what would your first step be? Would you scribble down your thoughts — or would you Google it? Terry Heick, a form...
The art of teaching teachers how to teach reading
The art of teaching teachers how to teach reading
A lifelong educator and advocate for children, Principal Diane Daprocida of P.S. 94, an elementary school in the Bronx, says she has been waiting for one thing since she started running the school 10 years ago. You might guess it's more money or resour...
What can public schools learn from private peers on road to School 2.0?
What can public schools learn from private peers on road to School 2.0?
In recent years, America's public education system has found itself in a period of transformation. An evolving economy demands a move away from the "industrial" model that has focused largely on preparing most students for factory work. What the future...
Strong teacher induction programs key to educator, student success
Strong teacher induction programs key to educator, student success
National data show that one in five new teachers will leave the classroom within five years; in urban districts, that number jumps to nearly 50 percent. Now, some experts are saying strengthening new teacher induction programs is the rising tide that w...
1 in 4 teachers miss 10 or more school days, analysis finds
1 in 4 teachers miss 10 or more school days, analysis finds
More than 6.5 million students in 2013-2014 attended a school where at least half of teachers missed 10 days of school or more, according to the most recent estimate from the U.S. Department of Education. Now, a new analysis by the Education Week Resea...
What should districts keep in mind when weighing new federal testing guidelines?
What should districts keep in mind when weighing new federal testing guidelines?
In a video released by the U.S. Department of Education, acting Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King Jr. discussed ways states can get rid of poor quality, redundant, and "unhelpful" testing. The YouTube clip, announced via press release, came along...
Not paying attention? Improve listening skills in ADHD children at home and school
Not paying attention? Improve listening skills in ADHD children at home and school
ADHD students can easily daydream, lose focus and drift off during school. Find out how to help children with attention deficit disorder fend off distractions and stay focused on the task at hand.
Promoting growth mindset means checking biases at the door, experts say
Promoting growth mindset means checking biases at the door, experts say
The idea of growth vs. fixed mindsets is one that has gained a lot of traction in modern debates around how to meet the needs of students. Most herald the idea of the growth mindset as being the proper way to frame educational conversations. The idea i...
Classroom program increases school breakfast participation, not obesity
Classroom program increases school breakfast participation, not obesity
Serving free breakfast in New York City's classrooms has boosted the number of students eating what some consider the most important meal of the day at school, according to research by New York University's Institute for Education and Social Policy and...
'Islands' that separate education haves from have-nots
'Islands' that separate education haves from have-nots
The school district of Freehold Borough, N.J., has a 32 percent poverty rate. It is fully surrounded by another school district, Freehold Township, which has a 5 percent poverty rate.
Strengthening the memory of struggling learners: Starting points
Strengthening the memory of struggling learners: Starting points
Most struggling learners have a strong propensity to forget, no matter how many times teachers and parents tell them something. This adds tremendous complexity and uncertainty to teaching while frustrating teachers, parents and learners alike. So, how ...
Why education research has so little impact on practice: The system effect
Why education research has so little impact on practice: The system effect
Thomas Kane has a piece in Education Next in which he concludes that American education research has failed to have any positive effect on American education policy or practice. He would, "...characterize the past five decades as a near-complete failur...
New school lunch standards are working. So why does Congress want to knock them down?
New school lunch standards are working. So why does Congress want to knock them down?
Five years ago, Congress passed legislation that transformed how the nation's public schools feed students. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act required these schools to serve more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and less sugar, fat and salt. The new...
How music education can lighten kids' lives and improve learning outcomes
How music education can lighten kids' lives and improve learning outcomes
A group of 10- and 11-year-olds giggle as professional cellist Frederic Rosselet flexes his wrist as if he's made of rubber. "Really flexible in your wrist," he tells the students. "It's your arm basically that does the work." The cello students at Dow...
Do your classroom policies promote inclusion for all students?
Do your classroom policies promote inclusion for all students?
Every educator has a different approach to disciplining and motivating students, but not all approaches are successful for every student. For students with learning disabilities, like ADHD, Asperger's syndrome and dyslexia, discipline and motivation ca...
Simply punishing students for bullying will not address the problem
Simply punishing students for bullying will not address the problem
The spring legislative season is well underway, and, as has been the case for the last several years, a number of states are again considering and passing amendments to their anti-bullying laws. This year, Florida and Kentucky, for example, saw amendme...
When it comes to student achievement, facilities matter
When it comes to student achievement, facilities matter
Yazoo County School District Superintendent Becky Fischer said the lights in the high school in her district were so old, they could not even find bulbs for them when they went out. Electric equipment, decades old, fell repeatedly, meaning constant mai...
Research Suggests Teachers Want Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Research Suggests Teachers Want Virtual Reality in the Classroom
At ISTE 2016 in Denver, Samsung revealed the findings of a new study it has conducted into the interest in adopting virtual reality technology into the K-12 classroom. This nationwide survey of more than 1,000 U.S. K-12 teachers revealed that 86 percen...
Yes, you can still teach kids to love books
Yes, you can still teach kids to love books
The Internet has not killed the book. For film critic David Denby, this wasn't immediately obvious. He would watch young people hunched over their phones — on the subway, in coffee shops, walking down the street — and wonder: Are kids still...
Washington state asks court to halt huge fines over education funding
Washington state asks court to halt huge fines over education funding
The state of Washington says it is making progress complying with a court order to change the way it pays for K-12 schools and is urging the Supreme Court to cease daily fines of $100,000 after it found the state in contempt. In a brief filed in co...
More than 6 million kids are chronically absent. What gets them back in class?
More than 6 million kids are chronically absent. What gets them back in class?
In schools across the country, teachers have long fretted about the challenges of reaching students who don't come to class. Education researchers echo those concerns, saying that missing 10 percent of the school year — just two days a month R...
Playground zoning leads to more active playtime for school-aged children
Playground zoning leads to more active playtime for school-aged children
Most school-aged children would readily admit that their favorite part of the school day isn't math, science or English. Recess has always been a favorite for kids because it gives them a break from academics and allows them to expend pent-up energy in...
Librarians are taking the lead in the digital transformation
Librarians are taking the lead in the digital transformation
For library media specialists, finding high-quality digital resources that align with Common Core and state standards, and that support classroom instruction, is an ongoing challenge. No longer just the keepers of the physical books and card catalogues...
National data shows kids with disabilities face deep disparities
National data shows kids with disabilities face deep disparities
Students with disabilities are more frequently absent from school and continue to be disciplined at far higher rates than their typically-developing peers, federal officials say. New data from the U.S. Department of Education indicates that kids with d...
Is discipline reform really helping decrease school violence?
Is discipline reform really helping decrease school violence?
The allegations sound like a parent's nightmare. Roughly two dozen children at New York City schools were hit, kicked and bullied by fellow students while administrators stood by, according to a recent class-action lawsuit. "The data we have seen shows...
Student mobility: How it affects learning
Student mobility: How it affects learning
It's always tough to be the new kid in the middle of the school year: to find new friends, adapt to new teachers and rules.
As the number of homeless students soars, how schools can serve them better
As the number of homeless students soars, how schools can serve them better
When Caitlin Cheney was living at a campground in Washington state with her mother and younger sister, she would do her homework by the light of the portable toilets, sitting on the concrete. She maintained nearly straight A's even though she had to hi...
National survey reveals students want hands-on, real-world STEM education
National survey reveals students want hands-on, real-world STEM education
When it comes to STEM education, high school students in the United States want to see changes made to teaching methods and more access to resources outside of the classroom, according to a national survey conducted by the Amgen Foundation and Change t...
Puzzling for learning: Quick brown foxes and lazy dogs
Puzzling for learning: Quick brown foxes and lazy dogs
In my previous article, I wrote about the value of Wordsmith.org, a website that offers 22 years (and counting) worth of linguistic goodies in one simple package. Wordsmith.org offers "A Word a Day," a daily email of theme-based words, their defini...
5 questions that promote student success in high-poverty schools
5 questions that promote student success in high-poverty schools
Leaders in high-performing, high-poverty schools know that success requires more than just high-quality teaching and learning. The entire school, as a system, should work together to develop a common instructional framework that provides a vision of wh...
Canines in the classroom
Canines in the classroom
A cadre of canines visits San Francisco Bay Area elementary schools, where struggling readers gain confidence and improve literacy by reading aloud to their furry friends. Readers of the Pack, a program run by the nonprofit 4Paws Learning and Wellness ...
As teachers tackle new student-writing expectations, support is lacking
As teachers tackle new student-writing expectations, support is lacking
Writing instruction may have fallen by the wayside during the No Child Left Behind Act era, as teachers zeroed in on teaching math and reading. But now, with most states using the Common Core State Standards, students are expected to write a lot more &...
How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests
How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests
With testing season starting up again, here’s a reminder of last year's demoralizing news: Every California district and demographic group fared worse on the national Smarter Balanced tests, and the state's already large test score gaps grew. The...
Does school climate influence, even determine teacher effectiveness?
Does school climate influence, even determine teacher effectiveness?
The Seventy-Four took a look at research over the years that has indicated that good schools help good teachers be effective - but a school with a negative school climate can leave even the best of teachers with their hands tied.
How trauma-informed teaching builds a sense of safety and care
How trauma-informed teaching builds a sense of safety and care
Third grade teacher Anita Parameswaran is no stranger to students who have experienced trauma. She has taught kids who have experienced the effects of abuse, neglect and divorce. She had one student experience a huge setback when he learned his father ...
As teachers tackle new student-writing expectations, support is lacking
As teachers tackle new student-writing expectations, support is lacking
Writing instruction may have fallen by the wayside during the No Child Left Behind Act era, as teachers zeroed in on teaching math and reading. But now, with most states using the Common Core State Standards, students are expected to write a lot more -...
5 myths working against character education in our schools
5 myths working against character education in our schools
Maurice Elias, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "Social and emotional learning and character education make a lot of common sense. We know that students have to be prepared for college, career and life success. We also know that families and communi...
Protecting students of all religious backgrounds from unlawful discrimination
Protecting students of all religious backgrounds from unlawful discrimination
All students - regardless of race, national origin, religion, disability or sex - deserve access to a high-quality education, from preschool through college.
Should children with disabilities be exempted to take the Common Core test?
Should children with disabilities be exempted to take the Common Core test?
Student all throughout the United States are subjected to take the Common Core test, even the children who are under the special needs class. It is still an ongoing debate as most children with special needs understand things differently compared to th...
More testing, less play: Study finds higher expectations for kindergartners
More testing, less play: Study finds higher expectations for kindergartners
This summer, millions of excited 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds will be getting ready for their first real year of school. But some of them may be in for a wake-up call when that first bell rings. If you have young kids in school, or talk with teachers of youn...
Link between ADHD, vision impairment in children
Link between ADHD, vision impairment in children
A new study sheds light on a link between noncorrectable vision problems and ADHD in children. Results from a large survey of 75,000 children suggest an increased risk of ADHD among children with vision problems that are not correctable with glasses or...
Schools to begin monitoring students from military families
Schools to begin monitoring students from military families
Schools across the country are preparing to formally track students from military families, monitoring their academic progress as they move from military base to military base and state to state, under a new provision in the federal education law. The ...
'Get children playing outdoors' to improve academic success and reduce obesity
'Get children playing outdoors' to improve academic success and reduce obesity
Campaigns to promote physical activity and reduce obesity among children should focus more on active outdoor play, according to a study led at the University of Strathclyde. The Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card 2016 has found that children's ph...
3 things connected educators do differently
3 things connected educators do differently
Jimmy Casas, principal of Bettendorf High School in Iowa, and Jeff Zoul, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in Deerfield, IL, credit their friendship to Twitter. Both can attest that the social media platform has changed their lives per...
Action video gameplay: Benefits and dangers
Action video gameplay: Benefits and dangers
Melina Uncapher, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "A growing body of behavioral and neuroscientific evidence is revealing the positive benefits of action video gameplay for improving a wide range of abilities, from simple perceptual and motor skills...
Study tracks instructional shifts under Common Core
Study tracks instructional shifts under Common Core
A new study of educators in five states finds that the Common Core State Standards have fostered significant instructional changes in U.S. classrooms. But the research offers less clarity on specific strategies that boost student achievement under the ...
5 ways to use scannable tech in the math classroom
5 ways to use scannable tech in the math classroom
Scannable technology can totally alter the way that you think about teaching and learning in the math classroom. This powerful free and low-cost technology can support students inside and outside the classroom and change the way you think about interac...
Study finds merit in classroom-based autism therapy
Study finds merit in classroom-based autism therapy
Preschool teachers may be able to play a significant role in helping kids with autism improve their language and social skills, a new study suggests. Using a play-based intervention called Joint Attention Symbolic Play Engagement and Regulation, or JAS...
5 ways digital tools are transforming the education space
5 ways digital tools are transforming the education space
Digital tools are transforming essential elements of the education space. Understanding how they are affecting teaching and learning will help you figure out which tools are useful and how best to implement them.
9 out of 10 parents think their kids are on grade level. They're probably wrong
9 out of 10 parents think their kids are on grade level. They're probably wrong
In public radio's mythical Lake Wobegon, "all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." The first two conditions are merely unlikely. The third one is a mathematical absurdity. However, a new survey su...
Rural school collaboratives: Key to success?
Rural school collaboratives: Key to success?
Rural schools face unique challenges that other schools don't, and for that reason many struggle with graduating students who are well-prepared to succeed beyond high school and help ignite the often already struggling economies in their rural communit...
Can K-12 digital signage teach digital natives?
Can K-12 digital signage teach digital natives?
Digital signage isn't a new concept for K-12 schools. In lobbies, libraries and cafeterias, K-12 digital signage has been used to great effect to communicate with students and faculty. These digital signs are being widely used for announcements, naviga...
Fast-growth schools struggle to keep pace
Fast-growth schools struggle to keep pace
Everything's bigger in Texas, and we're talking more than cowboy hats, cattle and the 268,820 square miles within our borders.
Obama wants to get rich and poor kids in the same classroom
Obama wants to get rich and poor kids in the same classroom
After years of inaction on the issue, the Obama administration is taking new steps to help schools achieve socioeconomic diversity. Included in the president's proposed 2017 budget is a $120 million competitive grant program to help districts devis...
How can high-poverty schools engage families and the community?
How can high-poverty schools engage families and the community?
The story of Luis is a good example of the benefits of engaging parents and families. A simple home visit by the teacher revealed how, previously unbeknownst to the school, a young ESL student was connecting his tutoring and schoolwork with his family....
Classroom rules that keep students' attention on learning
Classroom rules that keep students' attention on learning
Karen Sunderhaft, a contributor for ADDitude Magazine, writes: "Each year my fourth-grade class includes children who have trouble staying focused, following directions, and observing rules. I could use individual interventions to help them improve beh...
Coding allows students with learning disabilities to shine
Coding allows students with learning disabilities to shine
Learning to code is become increasingly prevalent in school curriculum's. From after-school clubs to dedicated class periods, coding and computer science curriculum are popping up in schools worldwide. One place surprising place where coding is also in...
Social-emotional learning: States collaborate to craft standards, policies
Social-emotional learning: States collaborate to craft standards, policies
Eight states will work collaboratively to create and implement plans to encourage social-emotional learning in their schools, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. The organization, which is also known as CASEL, will assist the...
Schools, libraries miss out on millions in E-Rate funds
Schools, libraries miss out on millions in E-Rate funds
Schools and libraries nationwide missed out on more than $245 million in E-Rate funds in fiscal year 2014, analysis shows. According to StateScoop, Midwestern states — including Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Okl...
Software, classroom management top interests among teachers for online professional learning
Software, classroom management top interests among teachers for online professional learning
Teachers typically take advantage of online professional learning opportunities because they are personally interested in finding out more about subjects; they're most interested in learning about software and digital resources and classroom management...
The case for starting schools later
The case for starting schools later
Yawning students and a starting bells ringing before 7:30 a.m. are not uncommon sights and sounds at schools around the country each day.
Allow your district's IT department to have a relaxing summer: Automate access management
Allow your district's IT department to have a relaxing summer: Automate access management
As summer is upon us, not all school districts employees are looking forward to relaxing for a few months. System administrators often need to prepare during the off-student months for the new school year by making all the appropriate changes to their ...
Study: Behavior woes hamper boys more than girls in school
Study: Behavior woes hamper boys more than girls in school
Behavior problems are more likely to hold boys back in school than girls, a new study shows.
Keeping classroom computers clean during flu season
Keeping classroom computers clean during flu season
Heather Wolpert-Gawron, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "Parents, please don't send your kids to school when they are sick. There, I said it. Now that it's said, however, I know full well that kids will still be sent to school, if not with fevers, ...
Why socializing girls to be perfect could be the worst thing for them
Why socializing girls to be perfect could be the worst thing for them
Girls often excel in school, sitting quietly and following teacher directions more carefully than their male peers. There's evidence to suggest that girls are also being socialized to be perfect, which makes them less likely to tackle challenges in are...
Why aren't more black students identified as gifted?
Why aren't more black students identified as gifted?
Black elementary school students are half as likely as their white peers to be assigned to gifted elementary programs in math and reading — even with comparably high test scores. But the racial gap in giftedness disappears when black students hav...
Report: 6 million students miss too much school
Report: 6 million students miss too much school
More than 6 million students - representing 13 percent of the K-12 population - missed at least 15 days of school in 2013-2014, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis from the U.S. Department of Education.
At summer lunch programs, schools see hungry parents, too
At summer lunch programs, schools see hungry parents, too
Schools that provide meals for students during summer months are finding that the adults often need help, as well, to keep from going hungry.
STEAM movement creates opportunities for creativity
STEAM movement creates opportunities for creativity
When the Every Student Succeeds Act became law in December, advocates of arts education cheered. The federal definition of a well-rounded K-12 education now specifically includes the arts. What's more, an amendment to the act turns STEM into STEAM, add...
States could allow students to learn coding instead of foreign languages
States could allow students to learn coding instead of foreign languages
Michigan is the latest state to consider allowing students to replace required foreign language classes with computer coding courses. The state's House of Representatives voted earlier to approve a bill that would allow students to take three credits o...
An individualized approach to training special education teachers
An individualized approach to training special education teachers
The U.S. teacher shortage crisis doesn't only apply to traditional K-12 classrooms. It extends to areas that require more specific expertise, like special ed. Special education teachers are trained to work with a diverse population of students with dis...
Schools look to new research for therapies to help students who have ADHD
Schools look to new research for therapies to help students who have ADHD
Schools are on the front lines in coping with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. More school-age kids are getting diagnosed with it each year (more than one in 10, according to the most recent National Survey of Children's Health) and the classr...
4 elements to successful bullying recognition and prevention
4 elements to successful bullying recognition and prevention
Recognizing and preventing bullying in schools is primarily a matter of organized implementation of a few critical themes. Effectively addressing the complex dynamics between a target, a bully and bystanders involves strategies that include reducing is...
Online course control in education
Online course control in education
Any public district transitioning to an integrated digital curriculum needs time, patience and support from top leadership. Let's face it, digital content — from the Khan Academy to streaming videos to adaptive learning applications — has e...
The best BYOD tech tools for the Common Core classroom
The best BYOD tech tools for the Common Core classroom
Denise Jaffe, a contributor for eSchool News, writes: "I recently had the pleasure of spending a few hours in a friend's classroom where I introduced her students to technology applications that would engage them in 'showing what they know' at differen...
3 ways the flipped classroom leads to better subject mastery
3 ways the flipped classroom leads to better subject mastery
Now that the buzz about flipped learning is calming and the novelty is wearing off, the time has come to dig a little deeper into the natural outcomes of flipping. Specifically, flipping can change the type of work students complete and the way in whic...
What one district's data mining did for chronic absence
What one district's data mining did for chronic absence
Mel Atkins has spent most of his life with Grand Rapids Public Schools in Michigan. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High, where he played baseball. But his real love was bowling. He says he's bowled 22 perfect games. He's been a teacher and principal in...
Will 3-D technology break through to the educational mainstream?
Will 3-D technology break through to the educational mainstream?
Picture this: A student wears a set of goggles that transport her from a classroom in Athens, Georgia, to the Parthenon, 5,600 miles away in Athens, Greece. In an interactive, 3-D world, she peers up and down each of the 17 columns on the temple's side...
Propane bus fleets gain momentum in US schools
Propane bus fleets gain momentum in US schools
Transitioning to eco-friendly propane school buses may help districts save money and safeguard student health. Nearly every top school bus market now operates propane-fueled vehicles in its fleets, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. "The stro...
Is Minecraft helping more kids get into programming?
Is Minecraft helping more kids get into programming?
For parents concerned about their children spending a lot of after school time playing Minecraft, CNET has some words of advice for them: chill. "When they move beyond the basics [of the game], kids can let their imaginations run wild, creating worlds ...
How every school can promote safety in a digital world
How every school can promote safety in a digital world
Technology has become a mainstay within the walls of today's schools. One-to-one computing is enhancing and enriching the student experience, transforming the way we teach and the way we learn. K-12 schools were expected to spend approximately $4.7...
Is quality math preparation the next equity battleground?
Is quality math preparation the next equity battleground?
Math education in the United States is consistently under the spotlight, in part because the majority of kids aren't performing well on international tests that compare math achievement. Since jobs in science, technology, engineering and math fields ar...
New tech offers more reliable and efficient voice communications
New tech offers more reliable and efficient voice communications
The Internet delivers assessments, videos and instructional content to schools, so why not phone service, too? Adding voice to the bandwidth communications stream makes sense to an increasing number of district leaders who are swapping traditional land...
Games, videos continue to make big gains in classrooms, survey finds
Games, videos continue to make big gains in classrooms, survey finds
The number of American teachers using games in classrooms — particularly with younger students — has doubled over the past six years, according to a large survey released last week that measures national ed-tech use. In 2015, 47 percent of ...
Depression in the home can significantly impact kids' grades
Depression in the home can significantly impact kids' grades
When parents suffer depression, there can be a ripple effect on children. Kids may become anxious, even sad. There may be behavior problems. Health may suffer. Recently, a large Swedish study showed that grades may decline, too, when a parent is depres...
Why the metric system hasn't failed in the US
Why the metric system hasn't failed in the US
When Sally Mitchell, a science teacher at East Syracuse Minoa Central High in Syracuse, New York, spoke to a group of students at the recent U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl, she remarked that one of her projects is to "finally metricate...