Anxiety could be keeping up to 5% of students out of school, according to estimates from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. This "school refusal" is most common among students transitioning from middle school into high school, but some schools have developed home-based strategies to lead individual students to address the problem.
Georgetown University President John DeGioia, along with the leaders of three other schools in the Virginia and Washington, D.C., area, is urging Congress to pass legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for students currently enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. At a forum this week, the leaders met with DACA participants who say they are worried about their future.
Children from Nevada recently took a three-day camping trip to Utah's Zion National Park through the Concrete to Canyons program, which has operated since 2013 and plans to expand to Utah students. "Breathing the fresh air and seeing things that some of the students have never seen before was phenomenal," said John Dillard, a parent who volunteered for the trip.
A Montana elementary school is taking a page from the "Harry Potter" book series by sorting students into six "houses" -- compassion, courage, gratitude, integrity, resilience and tenacity. Students then engage in friendly competitions to earn "house points," with the goal of supporting a school culture of community and respect.
Several Native American tribes in Washington state are using language-immersion schools to teach Salish to students to help preserve the language. This article highlights the long-term efforts to training educators to become highly proficient in the language so they can teach students.
Seven years after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg invested $100 million in Newark, N.J., schools, student achievement has risen in English but not in math, according to a study released Monday. A separate analysis, also released this week, shows a spike in graduation rates in Newark.
Colleges and universities are using technology to support developmental education, say researchers working with the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness. In this blog post, researchers explain how they interviewed people from 42 colleges and 41 higher-education systems about how institutions use technology for developmental education.
Culinary students from eight high schools in Texas recently competed in the 10th annual St. Philip's College Best-Tasting Salsa Scholarship Competition. The student chefs were judged on kitchen techniques and fundamentals, presentation, originality, creativity, plus the taste and texture of their salsa.
Educators at a Florida middle school switched to flexible seating in classrooms after conducting research, attending a conference and raising funds through the website Donors Choose to purchase furniture. Teachers say their students appreciate the comfort of the new seating and are never late to class.
Explaining to students why math works the way it does can help them better understand concepts and build their confidence, writes high-school math teacher Michelle Russell. In this blog post, she offers strategies for effectively explaining the "why" behind math.
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