School leaders should use third-party research findings to evaluate education-technology tools, writes Mark Henderson, a high-school assistant principal. In this blog post, he offers the vetting process his own district used when it adopted technology to support small-group learning.
About 1 out of every 3 students say they were bullied during the 2017-18 school year, compared with 1 out of 4 the school year prior, according to the nonprofit YouthTruth Student Survey. They polled 160,000 students in 27 states and found slight differences in reports about bullying among white and black students.
Suspending students in elementary school could affect their behavior and lead to more suspensions in middle school, and even in high school, according to a study by researchers at Louisiana State University. "If a student is suspended, then they lose instruction time and they are more likely to be disengaged in school," lead author Mi-Youn Yang said.
Teens with moderate gender nonconformity were more likely to feel sadness, hopelessness and suicidal thoughts, compared with gender-conforming youths, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers analyzed survey data from 6,082 high-school students in three urban districts and found that about 20% of students described themselves as gender nonconforming to varying degrees.
An elementary-school principal in a North Carolina community affected by Hurricane Florence is taking steps to help her students, school and town recover. The school is still closed, but the principal recently visited a Chapel Hill storm shelter to look for some of her students and distribute toys.
Teen centers in New Jersey are spearheading efforts to teach students about the effects of social media use. The counseling and educational awareness sessions also focus on how to safely use social media and phones.
An Iowa middle school's student clubs offer sixth-graders an avenue to get active in school life and connect with older students, principal Dan Boyd said. Sixth-graders can't join sports teams yet, but they can join clubs -- from sewing to archery -- and participate in traditional extracurricular activities such as band and choir.
The original version of the letter written by Galileo Galilei in 1613 that he later asked to be sent to the Catholic Church has been found in the Royal Society library, according to findings to be published in the journal Notes and Records. Researchers say this letter shows Galileo attempted to moderate his tone in writing to church authorities.
Rising global temperatures may affect the pork industry by reducing protein levels in meat. "Regardless of which data set we looked at, there was about a 10% decrease in overall productivity [pork yield] caused by heat stress every year," said Chris Hostetler of the National Pork Board.
Earth's wobble as it spins on its axis is caused by glacial ice melt and sea level rise due to climate change, the upward expansion of land masses as glaciers retreat, and the mantle's slow-motion churn, according to findings published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. "The amount [of drift] is not a huge amount," said lead researcher Surendra Adhikari.