A change by US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to the Obama-era gainful employment rule would allow career-training programs to appeal government penalties by submitting their own data on student success. Pauline Abernathy of The Institute for College Access & Success says the change allows schools to use federal funds "to enroll students in failing programs."
The age when students start school could affect their academic performance through college, according to a study released by the National Bureau of Economic Affairs. Researchers found that older students had about a 40-point edge on the SAT and were more likely to enroll in college.
Researchers at the University of New Mexico will follow a group of Spanish-speaking second- and third-grade students in two states to explore strategies to close the achievement gap in math and English. Researchers hope to discover how the language systems affect students' cognitive abilities and processes.
Twenty educators from middle and high schools in the US recently attended a workshop at Indiana State University to learn best practices for how to approach discussions about race, and civil and human rights. The meeting aimed to help teachers feel prepared to address sensitive topics in the classroom.
Researchers from the University of Florida found that technology does increase productivity for colleges and universities, but in different ways depending on each school's needs and methods. The study evaluated outputs in teaching, research and public service to measure productivity.
The new school year is bringing a renewed focus on career and technical education in Iowa. Efforts are underway to expand such programs and to build apprenticeship programs, to help prepare students for careers in the skilled trades, particularly in the construction industry.
School leaders can foster trust with faculty, staff and students by first showing trust in them, write K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers. The best relationships are those built on fairness, respect and open communication, they assert in this blog post.
High-school English teacher Christa Forster uses the New York Times' photojournalism learning activity, "What's Going On in This Picture?", to teach students better analytical skills. In this blog post, she describes how students describe what is happening in the photos and then apply those critical-thinking skills to the close analysis of works by William Shakespeare.
It can be all too easy for teachers to put themselves last, writes learning consultant Debbie Silver. In this blog post, Silver shares three ways that teachers can make self-care a priority this school year by planning their time, making health important and paying attention to their own mental health.
Intensive early-intervention services for young children with autism could provide significant cost savings in later years, according to research by Zuleyha Cidav of the University of Pennsylvania. Cidav found the cost of the expensive Early Start Denver Model was recouped in two years after the intervention ended because participants needed fewer therapy services.
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