Collaborative group work may help support students' individual needs, according to a study of about 900 high-school students by the American Institutes for Research. Kristina Zeiser, a senior researcher at AIR, said their findings show that students who experienced more collaboration also "experienced a greater degree of personalization in their learning."
A bill introduced last week into the US House is aimed at addressing student-loan debt. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., would allow, among other things, the deduction of all of the interest on student-loan amounts up to $750,000 and the extension of repayment grace periods.
Fred Rogers' "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" offers a model for social and emotional learning, some educators and experts say. Melissa Schlinger, a vice president of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, says "Mister Rogers" was unafraid to discuss emotions, while Peter DeWitt, an author and former principal, says the idea that students should have a voice was validated by the show.
A Canada-based group is seeking to create a Farsi second-language program in British Columbia schools. The group also wants Farsi added to the list of approved second languages taught to students in grades five through eight.
Blended learning has the potential to transform the classroom, asserts John McCarthy, an education consultant. In this blog post, he shares four ways to use technology in blended learning: managed learning, orchestrated learning, collaborative learning and authentic learning.
States may be neglecting students with disabilities, English-language learners and racial minorities in their Every Student Succeeds Act implementation plans, according to an analysis by the Alliance for Excellent Education. Its review of all ESSA plans in all states, as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, finds only 17 states integrate the performance of these vulnerable students into their ratings systems.
Citizen science projects provide students with authentic experiences to connect the data they collect with real-world issues, seventh-grade science teacher Meg Richard writes in this blog post. She shares a citizen science project from her classroom where students tested a local ecosystem's health, and offers resources for teachers on similar projects.
Researchers have developed a gene drive that causes female Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes to stop laying eggs by targeting the doublesex gene, potentially leading to population collapse. Success of the gene drive in the wild could help stem the spread of malaria, scientists say.
Colleges and universities should use holistic practices that keep users' needs in mind without compromising network security, says Curtis Carver, vice president for IT and chief information officer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In this Q&A, he outlines what he calls "practical security" and how his institution implements it.
About 200 students at three high schools in Alabama and Mississippi will learn welding and machinery skills to help them prepare for jobs at a military shipbuilding company in the area. New labs, designed by the shipbuilder, were installed at the schools.
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