Social media use had positive outcomes for 9- and 10-year-olds who participated in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study. The study's results show that social media use led to increased physical activity, less family conflict and better sleep, compared with traditional TV or video-game screen time, which worsened sleep and family conflict.
Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are considering a $32.7 billion state budget proposal that includes more funding for public education for the fiscal year beginning in July. The proposal also includes more money for state universities and a $60 million school-safety grant program.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has announced a pledge to make his state's high-school graduation rate the highest in the country. Walker said his plan will include greater investments in career-focused programs.
Children who had controlling parents at age 2 were more likely to engage in bad behavior by age 5 and may have lower school productivity at age 10, according to a study from researchers at the University of Minnesota. The findings were based on data from 422 children in the US and Switzerland and "underscore the importance of educating often well-intentioned parents about supporting children's autonomy with handling emotional challenges," lead researcher Nicole Perry said.
Educators in Indiana will be required in 2019 to teach soft skills such as job readiness under a law adopted by state lawmakers. The teaching of such skills may be more difficult than officials realize, said Jonathan Plucker, a Johns Hopkins University professor who researches education policy.
The latest report showing an increase in the prevalence of autism uses the former diagnostic criteria, but cases would drop by 18% if the newer definition had been used, according to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis. The newer diagnostic criteria will be used in future reports.
Students in Texas recently observed Juneteenth, the holiday marking the end of US slavery, by touring an exhibition at the African American Museum in Dallas. The students learned about the families that settled in the state after Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger announced on June 19, 1865, the end of slavery.
One California school district is rethinking how students take math classes to better fit with the Common Core State Standards. They are considering eliminating enriched or honors math in middle school and having all students take the same math course.
Educators at a high school in Virginia have adopted a comprehensive approach to helping students with cognitive delays prepare for jobs and to live independently. In this commentary, Amy Schuiteboer, one of the district's school improvement specialists, shares seven ways to make the approach successful, including using a holistic strategy, engaging the community and using data.
It can be difficult to navigate classroom civics lessons during a time of political division, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Heather Van Benthuysen. In this blog post, she shares resources and ideas for teaching civics and suggests seeking examples of civics lessons within the community.