Fairfax Country School District in Virginia, one of the country's largest districts, is considering investing $24 million in security upgrades to schools to prevent on-campus violence. The bulk of the funding would go toward security cameras, but $2.3 million would cover the hiring of more school psychologists and social workers.
Teachers more likely were to help curb minor disruptive behavior by students by ignoring it, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School. Professor Tamsin Ford says the approach takes patience and suggests teachers praise students when they follow the rules.
New York City school leaders may consider making changes to the citywide district's gifted-education program to better integrate its schools. Many students are placed into gifted programs based on a single test taken at kindergarten entrance, which some critics suggest unfairly hinders disadvantaged students.
A Wisconsin school district is partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside to offer a two-year residency program for special-education teachers. Teachers work in classrooms Monday through Thursday and take courses toward certification on Fridays under a plan where educators receive a 50% tuition break.
The US Department of Education has determined that Michigan will need intervention for its special-education program following an annual compliance review based on low achievement of students with special needs. Michigan is the only state receiving such a ranking, but school agencies for Washington, D.C., and some territories also fall into this category.
Fewer high-school and college students are volunteering, and volunteer rates are down across all age groups, from high-schoolers to retirees, according to a recent study based on US Census data between 2002 and 2015. Meanwhile, researchers also found strong interest in civics among recent high-school graduates and that nearly half of incoming college freshmen expressed interest in community leadership.
Technology is helping students with special needs integrate more easily into mainstream classes, some educators say. In a Washington state school district, elementary-school students with special needs coded robots in a pilot program that taught them technical and problem-solving skills, perseverance and communication.
The Every Student Succeeds Act doesn't contain the requirement from No Child Left Behind that teachers be "highly qualified." This analysis explains that, under ESSA, individual states are charged with determining the effectiveness of teachers.
Ginny Terrell, a third-grade math teacher in Tennessee, uses the first month of the school year to get to know students. In this Q&A, she shares her approach to teaching, from her long road to the classroom to math lessons based on real-world scenarios.