Members of DeWitt Middle School's Technology Student Association have built custom outdoor seating shelters for a nearby bakery. While building the 6- by 8-foot huts, students learned various skills including project planning, modeling and documentation, and how to use power tools.
About half of New York City's school buildings will be used from early July to mid-August for a free program that will blend typical camp programs with summer school support from the city's Education Department. Officials say the Summer Rising program will be offered to all K-12 students in the city and will feature academics and cultural enrichment along with opportunities to socialize and engage with peers.
A study in Pediatrics found an increased risk for firearm injuries among children younger than age 12 as well as injuries inflicted by children younger than 12 during the COVID-19 pandemic, compared with before the pandemic. The researchers write in the study that there is "an urgent need" for local, state and federal interventions to prevent injuries and deaths of children from firearms.
Graduating seniors in Alabama must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid beginning in 2022, according to a recent vote by the Alabama State Board of Education. Students may submit a waiver to opt out of the requirement, with those under 18 requiring parent or guardian approval.
Several school districts in Minnesota that moved to later start times for middle- and high-school students saw an increase in student GPAs, according to a working paper to be presented to the American Educational Research Association. Other studies have shown physical and emotional benefits of later school start times, but few have made a connection to better achievement, researchers noted.
Education leaders considering how best to utilize relief funding share initiatives they are planning as part of a return to in-person learning. Investing time in setting expectations around group activities and other social situations will be needed as students and teachers return to a more structured learning environment, Superintendent Ann Levett of Savannah-Chatham County Public School System in Georgia says, while Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools plans to reduce class sizes and add interventionists, Superintendent Craig Broeren says.
Students at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Md., are learning about computer science and coding as part of the institution's STEAM program. The FBI recently recognized the all-girls school's technology pathway program and focus on cybercitizenship, awarding the school a National FBI Safe Online Surfing Award.
Schools should prepare for a kindergarten "bubble" caused by disruptions to learning during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released by NWEA. The report predicts more kindergartners will be enrolled and suggests educators prepare to accommodate children who may have had limited opportunities for learning and socialization.
The nonprofit Equity Institute in Rhode Island is putting longtime paraprofessionals on the path to bachelor's degrees and teaching certifications to broaden the diversity of the state's workforce. The program -- similar to those in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Wisconsin -- creates cohorts of paraprofessionals who receive scholarships and work together as fellows taking courses through College Unbound, a higher-education institution for adult learners.
The Baltimore Archdiocese has signed onto a program led by The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that aims to educate students about how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Denise Garman, director of student support services for the Department of Catholic Schools, said students are paying attention and asking questions during the lessons.
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