Educators at a Wisconsin middle school have created "flex time" classes that allow students to explore interests or receive academic interventions. Enrichment classes for this year have included Tech Ninjas, where students repair computers and complete tech-based projects, and a physical-education class built around team-building games.
Working in groups can help students learn communication and problem-solving skills, but students often dislike working as a group, asserts writer and teacherpreneur Patrice Palmer. In this blog post, Palmer offers ideas for how to overcome hurdles and help students become successful when participating in group work.
Four states -- Georgia, Florida, Illinois and West Virginia, earned a "B+" grade for their efforts to improve financial literacy, according to the National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools. Utah was the only state to earn an "A+," with Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia all receiving an A.
Education leaders should focus on information literacy and workforce preparation, among other things, as they aim to foster innovative mindsets in their schools, asserts Scott McLeod, a professor at the University of Colorado in Denver. McLeod also details some challenges to innovation, including the need to improve education-leadership programs.
On average, 63.3% of white students earn a bachelor's degree within six years -- compared with 53.6% of Latino students -- according to a report from Education Trust. However, data show that the racial gap on college degrees has closed by 2.7 percentage points between 2002 and 2015.
Teenagers who live in areas with high levels of air pollution may be more likely to show delinquent behavior, according to a study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Researchers linked increased exposure to a 22% increased likelihood of such behavior.
The number of adolescents who use marijuana or vape has surpassed the number of students who smoke cigarettes, according to the annual Monitoring the Future survey. The findings, based on data involving 43,703 students across the US, also showed that teen use of alcohol, prescription opioids and other illicit drugs have either held steady or declined from last year.
Congress can do more to provide leadership and support to help boost quality educational opportunities for students living in rural areas, according to a report from AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and The Rural School and Community Trust. The report outlines five policy suggestions.
A Louisiana teenager's video of his reaction to being accepted to Harvard University has gone viral -- getting about 3 million views in 24 hours. The teen also posted a video of his brother being accepted to Stanford University.