High-school psychology classes can help students understand their own motivations, especially if they are dealing with mental health challenges, writes teacher Heather Tracy. Studying individual and social psychology can help students improve their social and emotional skills and make them more empathetic, she writes.
Seven of the 10 colleges that received $5.4 billion in GI Bill payments in 2017 spent less than a third of fees and tuition to fund academic instruction, according to a report from Veterans Education Success. Most of the schools were for-profit institutions, with Colorado Technical University allocating the lowest amount to instruction -- just 8.2% of gross tuition and fees -- the data show.
Eleven colleges have joined the University Innovation Alliance's experiment to use predictive analytics to share data. Leaders involved with the experiment discuss what they have learned and how they are using data for student interventions aimed at increasing graduation rates.
Moving from shabby, overcrowded school buildings to newly constructed facilities can improve outcomes for students, according to researchers at the California Policy Lab at UCLA and University of California at Berkley. Researchers found that four years after moving to new buildings, students had slightly higher grades and test scores, plus improved attendance.
Some business schools are responding to changes in student demand by investing in online courses or adjusting their curricula to focus on high-growth areas, such as data science and health care. "Companies are reaching a point where they require someone with an MBA skill set to continue growing," says Liza Kirkpatrick, senior director of the Full-Time Career Management Center at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Thomas Industrial Fabrication is moving its operations to a Virginia community, in part, because of a high-school program that trains students in welding. Officials say the strength of the program ensures they will be able to hire a steady stream of trained workers.
Earthquakes rattle Southern California about every three minutes, though most are too small to be felt, according to a study published in Science. Researchers created a technique called template matching to create a catalog of 1.81 million seismic events that took place between 2008 and 2017 to help them learn more about temblors.
Dan Ninham, a physical-education teacher at Bemidji Middle School in Minnesota, is using posters written in English and Ojibwe and decorated with indigenous art to encourage students to lift each other up. "It's not only encouraging the Ojibwe language, but it's also encouraging the English language -- people telling each other good stuff, good phrases," Ninham says.
Colorado middle-school principal Joel Hathaway says building a culture of trust is one of his top priorities, something he accomplishes by learning to deeply listen to the concerns of others. Hathaway uses committees and focus groups to gather teachers and parents together to hear and respond to their ideas and problems.
Teachers don't need to sacrifice rigor when they adopt differentiated learning, writes former educator Barbara Blackburn. In this article, she shares how a tiered approach to lesson planning can improve outcomes for all students.
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