Students from low-income families are more likely to benefit from summer reading programs, according to a study by MIT. Researchers found that about half of 6- to 9-year-olds had higher test scores after participating in such a program -- with the majority coming from low-income families.
Secondary students at 20 New Zealand schools are using virtual reality and computer programs to visit countries to work on their language skills through the Immerseme program. The program is set up for nine languages -- including Japanese, Mandarin, Indonesian and English -- and allows students to use a computer or headset to practice a language in simulated situations, such as speaking French to order coffee in a Paris cafe.
David Krulwich, principal of a college preparatory school serving sixth through 12th grades in New York City, supports an apprenticeship model to support novice teachers, which he describes in his book, "The Artisan Teaching Model for Instructional Leadership." In this Q&A, Krulwich and his co-author Kenneth Baum describe an approach that relies on a teacher team leader and educator collaboration.
The Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Education Partners worked with education experts to analyze the initial batch of Every Student Succeeds Act state accountability plans. They noted that the plans do not adequately address the needs of disadvantaged students -- including students of color, students with disabilities and English-language learners.
Education technology is evolving in three key ways, said Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, at its conference this week. He said technology fosters more personalized learning, helps close the equity gap and allows students to design and build content -- not just consume it.
A new guide is available to help educators improve students' behavioral and academic outcomes through the development of social and emotional skills. The guide, written by Harvard researchers, offers a look at 25 SEL programs and recommends strategies such as role-playing, physical activity and singing.
The shift from compliance and traditional grading to mastery and standards is a dramatic and necessary change, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein. In this blog post, she writes that homework should not be mandatory and that students should be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate what they know about a subject.
Bridge International Academies operates 405 low-cost private schools in Kenya aimed at improving education for disadvantaged students. The startup company has drawn interest and support from investors such as Bill Gates.
Google announced this week at the International Society for Technology in Education conference that it would expand its Google Earth platform with more tools that could be used in the classroom. Among them is a feature called Voyager that offers virtual guided tours from organizations such as NASA, BBC Earth and Sesame Street.
Researchers found that teens and young adults who never smoked but used e-cigarettes were 3.6 times more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes, compared with those who did not use e-cigarettes. The findings, published in JAMA Pediatrics, were based on a review of nine studies involving 17,389 young people ages 14 to 30.
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