Expanded access to preschool programs can improve students' performance -- even among those who do not attend -- according to a study by researchers at the University of South Carolina. Researchers credit preschool attendance with helping to curb bad behavior and improve test scores in elementary school, which helped to boost the school environment for all students.
Hip-hop is an effective way for students to find their voice and work through emotional issues, writes Anthony Pineda, hip-hop music and production teacher at Cristo Rey San Jose in California. Pineda, who credits hip-hop for saving his life as a troubled youth, says the music lets students connect with culture, nurture identity and find freedom from their "emotional cages."
About 12% of students reported being bullied at least once per week in the 2015-16 school year -- down from 29% nearly two decades ago -- according to data released Wednesday by the departments of Education and Justice. Data also show a decrease in threats of violence at school.
Washington state recently adopted legislation drafted and advanced by Girls Who Code that is aimed at closing the gender gap in computer science. Under the legislation, the state will begin tracking demographic data about students' participation in computer science courses.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos earlier this month told the Council of Chief School Officers that she would be amenable to changes in their Every Student Succeeds Act accountability plans if they would "ultimately result in greater student achievement." DeVos also urged district leaders to focus on bringing in more experienced educators, while noting the profession had recently taken a "bad beating."
Legislation aimed at making North Carolina's literacy program for elementary-school students more effective was passed by a committee and forwarded to the state Senate. Proposed updates to the "Read to Achieve" program include implementation of individual reading plans along with providing students with online phonics and vocabulary lessons.
The Ministry of Education in Saskatchewan, Canada, has unveiled plans to offer courses in three additional indigenous languages -- Dene, Nakawe and Michif -- next school year. The move means school division and First Nations authorities can now teach students the languages without first gaining permission from the province.
Middle-school students in Indiana learned about career opportunities in IT, construction, health care and other sectors at an event featuring local businesses. The goal of the Career Quest program is to help middle-schoolers get a better idea of the options available to them after high school if they choose.
Alabama high-school principal Wayne Trucks says his students are more engaged and their grades are improving since the school adopted a one-hour lunch period, known as "halftime." The time offers students an opportunity to take a mental break or catch up on missed assignments.
An Indiana school district changed its approach to professional development, guided largely by teachers' own feedback and needs. Michele Eaton, the district's director of virtual and blended learning, says part of the overhaul included a focus on a prior failed approach to PD.