A dugout canoe discovered last fall buried on a Maine beach has been recovered by conservationists and archaeologists who will study its history, work to restore it and use it as a history teaching tool in local programs for children. Carbon tests show the canoe, made from the trunk of a birch tree, dates to 1280 to 1380 A.D.
Students in a Texas summer school program are working with soda ash to learn pottery techniques used by Native American and Egyptian cultures. The program -- a partnership of a school district and the University of Texas Permian Basin -- blends art, science and social studies as students use the clay to make their own pottery and other artwork.
Equal treatment -- when everyone receives the same service -- differs from equitable treatment, writes Paul Reville of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In this commentary, Reville outlines what education can learn from health care and shares several examples of how some schools are working to identify students' needs and strive for equity.
Education leaders must act to curb teacher attrition, several advocates and experts said during a recent National Center on Education and the Economy event. Peggy Brookins, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, suggested that National Board certification "can be a lever to elevate teaching."
Bringing artificial intelligence into the classroom can benefit teachers and students by challenging the way they look at the world, some experts say. Some teachers' students have designed and debugged chatbots for other teachers, while other students have pursued projects of personal interest, such as a chatbot that helps users determine whether they should consider therapy with a counselor.
A Nevada district is marking 10 years of offering Spanish-language immersion in three elementary schools. This article highlights some of the issues faced by the program, such as ensuring the right mix of English-language learners and monolingual English-speaking students, transportation costs and the struggle to hire qualified teachers.
Teachers can help preschoolers get a better grasp on social and emotional learning by teaching them how they should treat their friends, writes preschool teacher Gerard Visco. Young children often make friends easily, but they struggle with how to behave toward them, so it's important that children learn the basics of healthy attachment and empathy as early as possible, Visco adds.
Students in an AP calculus class at a Washington high school used their last few weeks at school to become math tutors for middle-school school students. Finding new ways to explain problem-solving helped cement students' learning and gave them new teaching skills, say the students involved.
A New Jersey school district that has long struggled with chronic absenteeism -- and has been under control of the state school board -- is seeing gains after implementing various tactics, including its "Give me Five" campaign. The program, started by Superintendent Roger Leon, involves having each district employee call families of five students to encourage them to attend the first day of school.
A project developed after the Columbine school shooting in 1999 unites stakeholders including schools, law enforcement, mental health resources and the court system to identify and intervene with students at high risk of violent behavior, Val Van Brocklin writes. Law enforcement officers involved in the Milestones Project manage risk by performing risk assessments of participants' schools, training first responders, conducting preventative threat assessments and making aftermath plans.