Ariel Sacks, a middle-school language arts teacher and curriculum coach, assigns whole-class novels as well as lets students choose what they want to read. In this commentary, she shares how she makes this approach work and how it can build stronger, more engaged readers.
The state-appointed monitor of Chicago's special-education program reported this week that the school district hasn't made much progress since a report recounted its problems nearly a year ago. Among the issues the district needs to address are a shortage of special-education teachers and a lack of consistent oversight.
Students at two Texas middle schools are competing to see who can go the longest without a shower to raise money to rebuild a well in rural Tanzania. Students taking part in the "Shower Strike" initiative also held a water walk activity in which students carried a 5-gallon bucket to better understand the difficulties people without running water face.
Lawmakers in Georgia, Texas and West Virginia have passed legislation to require special-education classrooms to be outfitted with cameras. The efforts are aimed at safeguarding against potential abuse among students who may not be able to advocate for themselves.
Students from low-income families in Pennsylvania are eligible for financial assistance to take Advanced Placement courses. The state plans to offer $33 to cover a portion of the exam fees, which can cost as much as $94 each.
Some high-school students are turning the camera on themselves as they react to whether they have been admitted to colleges and then sharing those video on social media, including YouTube. In some videos, students are seen being rejected from schools of their choice and in others, some are celebrating their acceptance.
A survey of recruiters and students enrolled in either college or a credential program shows recruiters want potential employees to possess technical skills, know the industry they're entering and be good at networking, whether they hold a college degree or a credential. The data also show that 62% of recruiters are confident potential hires have the skills they seek, while only 39% of students felt "very prepared" for the workforce.
Nontraditional community-college students need more convenient times and locations to receive academic and student services as well as clear guidance on course selection, according to a report from educational consulting firm EAB. With an improving job market, community colleges need more strategies to recruit and retain such students, the report's authors note.
Data from the National Science Foundation show that no black students in the US were awarded a doctoral degree in 2017 in more than a dozen -- mostly STEM -- fields. From 2002 to 2017, the number of black students earning Ph.D.s overall inched up slightly from 5.1% to 5.4%, the data show.
The University of Kentucky will use a $5 million donation from bourbon maker Jim Beam to establish an institute to train prospective distillers. Students will learn about subjects ranging from food science to engineering and chemistry.