In this commentary, author Tom Hierck and Kent Peterson, professor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, share their "positive school culture inventory." The inventory offers 19 student and staff behaviors that can add to a positive culture.
Engaging students in conversations about the ethics of technology and what they need to consider as they pursue careers in this field is the goal of MIT's humanist chaplain, Greg Epstein. In this interview, he says he will encourage students to consider the "broader community" and not make decisions in isolation.
Cornell University altered its outreach and application processes to help grow diversity in its computer-science PhD program, PhD admissions chairman David Bindel says. New application questions, including one asking candidates what unique outlook they bring to their research field, helped draw applicants from underrepresented minorities, including Native American and Pacific Islander.
Of the estimated 1.7 million students in the US who are home-schooled, about 8% are African-American, according to federal data from 2016. This article highlights what motivates black families to pursue home-schooling, including a desire to incorporate lessons about black culture and history into their child's learning.
Some higher-education advocates are lobbying Congress for increases in Pell Grant amounts and other changes as lawmakers begin another session of budget planning. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., plans to push for more funding in the House appropriations committee, but some say major Pell changes may have to wait for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Educators in some New York City elementary schools are experimenting with "departmentalization" as a strategy for better preparing students for algebra in middle school. Recent research, however, shows that the strategy has failed to show gains in other districts.
Virtual reality and augmented reality offer more than entertainment and can be useful teaching tools, educator Jaime Donally asserts. In this blog post, she offers five tips to help teachers use the technology, such as setting learning goals and using age-appropriate tools.
Advanced Placement history students at an Alabama high school recently presented 10 museum panels they created that illustrate the desegregation of local districts and a university during the civil rights movement. The students toured museums and conducted research, plus oral history interviews, which helped them improve their public speaking and design skills.
In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple has announced plans to focus on teaching coding to people who cannot see and those with vision impairments. Apple is partnering with the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired and other schools for the blind around the country.
Connecting service learning to school-based lessons can help boost retention and build social and emotional skills, says Laura Walker, a professor at Brigham Young University. Walker and two other researchers also have connected the approach to improved student behavior.
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