About 100 Pittsburgh-area students participated in a six-week summer program to conduct research in teams on social problems across the city and look at ways communities can respond. The students were paid for their work and will share their insights with the public at a symposium.
School principals who have embraced their roles as both instructional leaders and digital enthusiasts are being called "New Learning Leaders" in Project Tomorrow's Speak Up survey. The data show that 74% of such leaders have implemented blended learning in their schools, and about two-thirds say one of their biggest challenges is using technology in teacher training.
The US Department of Education officially has launched its mobile app to allow students to complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid on their cellphones. Federal officials say they hope the app, dubbed myStudentAid, will encourage more families to apply for student aid.
Representatives from several Vermont school districts this week asked the state's board of education to rethink the proposed mergers it is forcing on 18 districts. The district leaders argued that the mergers could financially harm poorer communities.
The US Department of Education's school safety commission met for the fifth time on Thursday to hear about ways to improve student safety, including "hardening" building security, better cooperation with law enforcement and training students in conflict resolution. Officials also recently announced a $1.8 million grant to help schools train students on how to take care of the wounded.
Students who multitask with devices during class -- taking lecture notes while scrolling social media -- can process information in the moment but will struggle to retain that information long term, according to a study published in the journal Educational Psychology. The researchers also report lower exam performance and risk of distracting other students.
District 27J, in Colorado, is anticipating $1 million in savings after switching to a four-day schedule for the new school year. The district, which serves 18,000 students, has extended the school day by 40 minutes and will offer child care to compensate for the extra day off.
The national organization for Sigma Kappa sorority has contracted with online therapy provider TalkSpace to provide its members three months of free access to counselors via video, audio or text message. The sorority joins other Greek organizations that have signed up for such virtual counseling as schools see an increase in mental health needs.
Some college presidents, such as Southern Utah University's Scott Wyatt, are using podcasts to stay in touch with students and faculty and boost the mission of the institution. Gordon Sauer, creative director of the University of Missouri's podcast, says it's "one more tool" schools can use to reach stakeholders.
Donations to Virginia Tech during the 2017-18 fiscal year totaled $153.6 million, less than $10 million from last year's record-breaking fundraising of $162 million. Officials still count the year as a success, noting the school has raised more than $100 million each year since 2016.