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How a Brooklyn school created for teens who've been held back is getting them to graduation
How a Brooklyn school created for teens who've been held back is getting them to graduation
The first-floor hallway at Brooklyn Frontiers High School is dominated by a "wall of fame" recognizing students who passed all of their classes last term. It's a small group: Just 24 names are posted there, or less than 15 percent of the student body. ...
'Toxic stress' in the classroom: How a public health approach could help
'Toxic stress' in the classroom: How a public health approach could help
Children living in poverty often are exposed to high levels of constant stress that can be debilitating, not only in terms of their physical health but also their ability to learn. So what are schools to do?
Straight from high school to a career
Straight from high school to a career
Candidates from both parties have been talking a lot about the loss of American jobs, declining wages and the skyrocketing cost of college. But missing from the debate is the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of "middle skill" jobs in the Unite...
9 out of 10 parents think their kids are on grade level. They're probably wrong
9 out of 10 parents think their kids are on grade level. They're probably wrong
In public radio's mythical Lake Wobegon, "all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." The first two conditions are merely unlikely. The third one is a mathematical absurdity. However, a new survey su...
Racially diverse 'new majority' set to reshape US public schools
Racially diverse 'new majority' set to reshape US public schools
America's public schools are a snapshot of a changing America: Since 2014, for the first time in the country's history, a majority of those in public schools have been students of color. That's more than just a statistic. The rise of this "new majority...
There's no shortcut to success for children with LD
There's no shortcut to success for children with LD
A parent patiently guides his child who has fine motor challenges to learn how to tie her shoes independently. Suddenly, they hear the toot of the bus driver's horn. The parent sighs in frustration and chooses to "just" tie his daughter's shoes with th...
Stress is contagious in the classroom
Stress is contagious in the classroom
When teachers are stressed, so are their students, according to a new study. In the report, published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, researchers assessed the burnout levels of 17 teachers of fourth through seventh grade. They also assessed l...
As SAT enters a new era, students say the exam has improved
As SAT enters a new era, students say the exam has improved
The SAT's infamous guessing penalty is gone. Its vocabulary is less arcane, minus words like "lachrymose" and "obsequious" that students tended to memorize and then forget. Its essay is now optional.
School conditions matter for student achievement, new research confirms
School conditions matter for student achievement, new research confirms
Move over, teacher quality. A new study on New York City schools could make school climate the next frontier in the ongoing quest to boost student learning. A first-of-its-kind study found that significant gains in key measures of a school's climate, l...
Free feminine hygiene likely coming to all NYC schools, shelters and jails
Free feminine hygiene likely coming to all NYC schools, shelters and jails
Free tampons are a small measure that could make a huge difference for young women who can't afford the high cost of having a period each month.
20 tips to help de-escalate interactions with anxious or defiant students
20 tips to help de-escalate interactions with anxious or defiant students
Students' behavior is a form of communication and when it's negative it almost always stems from an underlying cause. There are many reasons kids might be acting out, which makes it difficult for a teacher in a crowded classroom to figure out the root ...
Resources and downloads to support college readiness
Resources and downloads to support college readiness
Discover resources and information - including downloads from schools - related to developing the awareness, knowledge, skills and attitudes that will prepare students to enroll and succeed in college.
A closer look at college and career readiness
A closer look at college and career readiness
What is the purpose of an education? For policymakers and experts in academic fields, this question has long served as an important point of reflection; for many, the answer has revolved around rigorous academic standards, career preparation, and colle...
School readiness eroded by chronic illness
School readiness eroded by chronic illness
Kids who are constantly sick early in childhood may have a much harder time in school than their peers who don't have a history of chronic illness, a recent study suggests. Researchers assessed school readiness in almost 23,000 children in Western Aus...
Should schools ask students about their sexual orientation to protect LGBT rights?
Should schools ask students about their sexual orientation to protect LGBT rights?
Researchers are calling on the federal government to begin collecting information about LGBT students' experiences at the nation's schools, arguing that such data collection is necessary to protect against disproportionate rates of suspension and expul...
A virtual start can mean real sleep for students
A virtual start can mean real sleep for students
Every year, 7:30 a.m. seems to come earlier. If that sentiment seems familiar, perhaps you are the parent of a teenager. With three teenagers, the daily gauntlet to get them out the door and to school on time has gotten tougher as they reached middle a...
More than 6 million kids are chronically absent. What gets them back in class?
More than 6 million kids are chronically absent. What gets them back in class?
In schools across the country, teachers have long fretted about the challenges of reaching students who don't come to class. Education researchers echo those concerns, saying that missing 10 percent of the school year — just two days a month - is...
Why gifted Latinos are often overlooked and underserved
Why gifted Latinos are often overlooked and underserved
Three million school children in the U.S. are identified as gifted. That's roughly the top 10 percent of the nation's highest achieving students. But Rene Islas, head of the National Association for Gifted Children, says tens of thousands of gifted Eng...
Do your classroom policies promote inclusion for all students?
Do your classroom policies promote inclusion for all students?
Every educator has a different approach to disciplining and motivating students, but not all approaches are successful for every student. For students with learning disabilities, like ADHD, Asperger's syndrome and dyslexia, discipline and motivation ca...
Is 'grit' doomed to be the new self-esteem?
Is 'grit' doomed to be the new self-esteem?
In just a few short weeks, students in California will be taking high-stakes tests. But the tests won't just cover math, reading and science. Students will also be responding to survey statements like "I usually finish what I start," or "I can do anyth...
20 strategies for motivating reluctant learners
20 strategies for motivating reluctant learners
Kathy Perez has decades of experience as a classroom educator, with training in special education and teaching English language learners. She also has a dynamic style. Sitting through her workshop presentation was like being a student in her classroom....
How much sleep teen gets can predict daytime mood
How much sleep teen gets can predict daytime mood
New research finds that when teens receive an insufficient amount of sleep they show a heightened variability in sadness, anger, energy and feelings of sleepiness. Investigators also discovered that a poor night sleep can set up a vicious cycle as nigh...
Can 'early warning systems' keep children from dropping out of school?
Can 'early warning systems' keep children from dropping out of school?
A half-dozen sixth-grade teachers sat in a circle inside an empty classroom, poring over sheets of data showing their students' attendance, grades and discipline. They were looking for children who were sliding, whose records indicated they were in dan...
The benefits of teaching in two languages
The benefits of teaching in two languages
From New York to Utah, U.S. schools have seen a steady rise in bilingual education. Dual-language immersion programs first appeared in the U.S. in the 1960s to serve Spanish-speaking students in Florida. Since then, the demand — and controversy &...
To reduce student suspensions, teachers should try being more empathetic
To reduce student suspensions, teachers should try being more empathetic
School suspension rates have nearly tripled in the United States since the 1970s, rising from just 3.7 percent of all students in 1974 to nearly 11 percent in 2011. That's a big deal because missed class means missed learning, and suspensions can predi...
When integrating a school, does it matter if you use class instead of race?
When integrating a school, does it matter if you use class instead of race?
Stronger Together is not the name of the latest social-media fitness app. It's a grant proposed in President Barack Obama's new budget, reviving an idea that hasn't gotten much policy attention in decades: diversity in public schools. If the request is...
Is your school asking the right questions about poverty?
Is your school asking the right questions about poverty?
Devon dropped out of school at age 13. No one knows where he is today. Most likely, he's not in school. Devon was going to be retained to spend another year in the sixth grade as a 13-year-old. He was embarrassed and felt alone. He didn't want to be wi...
Trial program takes new approach to teaching English learners
Trial program takes new approach to teaching English learners
Jose Perez never really worried about why his children had to repeat English language classes year after year. After all, they were born in California. Perez assumed the reason for the added instruction was that he and his wife have a rule that everyon...
Quietly, schools take compassionate look at transgender rights
Quietly, schools take compassionate look at transgender rights
In North Carolina, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, one of the nation's largest districts, last week bucked the country's toughest transgender bathroom law. Meanwhile, in sparsely-populated Blaine County, Idaho, residents gathered recently out of both co...
How college admissions has turned into something akin to 'The Hunger Games'
How college admissions has turned into something akin to 'The Hunger Games'
Anyone remotely involved in the college admissions process in the past few decades knows it has become, for too many students, high stakes and very, very high anxiety. In this piece, a college admissions counselor looks at the reality and makes a call ...
Communication, innovation needed for specialized transport
Communication, innovation needed for specialized transport
Student transporters need to not only think outside the box but do so smartly by communicating with school staff, parents and students when determining and executing specialized transportation services, an expert told attendees at the TSD Conference. A...
Depression in the home can significantly impact kids' grades
Depression in the home can significantly impact kids' grades
When parents suffer depression, there can be a ripple effect on children. Kids may become anxious, even sad. There may be behavior problems. Health may suffer. Recently, a large Swedish study showed that grades may decline, too, when a parent is depres...
Why high school career counseling steers kids off course
Why high school career counseling steers kids off course
A longtime coach has written a new formula for choosing the right career. When late great author Kurt Vonnegut remarked, "Life is high school," he had a point, in more ways than one. It's not unusual for seniors to choose a college major that leads str...
Teachers are warned about criticizing New York state tests
Teachers are warned about criticizing New York state tests
Since the revolt by parents against New York State's reading and math tests last year, education officials at the state level have been bending over backward to try to show that they are listening to parents' and educators' concerns.
4 ways furnishings can enhance the 21st century classroom
4 ways furnishings can enhance the 21st century classroom
Traditional student desks and chairs are a relic of the 19th and 20th centuries. The 21st century classroom, with its 1-to-1 ratio of devices to students and emphasis on collaboration and communication, demands classroom furniture that is mobile and de...
Poverty linked to epigenetic changes and mental illness
Poverty linked to epigenetic changes and mental illness
Children from impoverished families are more prone to mental illness, and alterations in DNA structure could be to blame, according to a study published in Molecular Psychiatry. Poverty brings with it a number of different stressors, such as poor nutri...
How can schools adapt to gentrification?
How can schools adapt to gentrification?
Come September, Satellite West Middle School, a small, troubled school in New York City, will have moved from its shared brick building in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn, into a sparkling glass condominium building at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Nestled i...
Internet addiction and school burnout feed into each other
Internet addiction and school burnout feed into each other
Excessive internet use contributes to the development of school burnout. School burnout, in turn, may lead to excessive internet use or digital addiction. Mind the Gap, a longitudinal research project funded by the Academy of Finland, has established a...
Decaying school buildings have physical, psychological consequences
Decaying school buildings have physical, psychological consequences
Crumbling infrastructure in American K-12 classrooms isn't just a political football. It also presents physical and psychological dangers for students and teachers alike. Poor school conditions have an impact on student performance and learning. In the...
Green school enriches students and the community
Green school enriches students and the community
A middle school in Hampton Bays Public Schools in New York has bridged the needs of its students and the community. In fact, the community helped design Hampton Bays Middle School, which opened in 2008, on Long Island. The building can be used for town...
Quality time rather than study time improves teens' educational aspirations
Quality time rather than study time improves teens' educational aspirations
Teenagers who spend quality time with their parents are more likely to want to further their studies, according to a study. Researchers found that adolescents who take part in cultural activities with their mother and father were more likely to aspire ...
10 realities about bullying at school and online
10 realities about bullying at school and online
In spite of national campaigns against bullying, including legislation in some states that punishes offenders and imposes strict reporting standards on schools, as many kids as ever report being victimized by their peers. The most recent survey by the ...
Why schools should make sleep a priority
Why schools should make sleep a priority
Sleep. We all know kids need it, and without it, they don't perform as well in school. As we've reported in the past, the National Academy of Pediatrics recommends that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to better align with the na...
Study: Prolonged internet use could raise teen suicide risk
Study: Prolonged internet use could raise teen suicide risk
Suicide is a leading cause of death for Nebraska teenagers and a new study finds Internet use is among the top contributing risk factors. Dr. Benjamin Shain authored the report for the American Academy of Pediatrics and says more than five hours of dai...
High schools try to make better use of something often wasted: Senior year
High schools try to make better use of something often wasted: Senior year
High school senior Brody Ford is looking forward to the final weeks of the school year, but not for the reasons you might think. At San Diego's High Tech High School, Ford and his fellow 12th-graders take end-of-the-year courses in personal finance, co...
Should moral reasoning be taught in K-12?
Should moral reasoning be taught in K-12?
What is character, can it be taught and is it useful to consider when districts are thinking about how to address inequity in schools? And is character somehow different from "grit?"
When is the right time for students to take tests?
When is the right time for students to take tests?
Standardized tests have become the primary tool for determining a student's academic ability. Legislators and administrators use test data to evaluate the effectiveness of schooling on children and create curriculum. Their use is supported by two funda...
One low-cost, low-tech way to lower dropout rates
One low-cost, low-tech way to lower dropout rates
Kendra Castillo was 16 when she dropped out of high school for the first time. She was pregnant. When she returned, this time to a different school, she couldn't keep up. What's worse was that none of her teachers seemed to care. So, with a waitressing...
How to address relationship violence with K-12 students
How to address relationship violence with K-12 students
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men will be victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, and women ages 16-24 are particularly vulnerable to abuse....
The teen brain likes social media 'likes'
The teen brain likes social media 'likes'
Social media "likes" appear to have a powerful effect on the teen brain, new research suggests. Getting a large number of likes on their own photos or the photos of their peers activated the same brain circuits turned on by such things as eating chocol...
Schools should recognize trauma as a disability, Compton lawsuit says
Schools should recognize trauma as a disability, Compton lawsuit says
A group of middle and high school students in Compton have filed a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit saying violence at home and in their neighborhoods has impaired their ability to learn at school. The students, along with three teachers who are also ...
Canines in the classroom
Canines in the classroom
A cadre of canines visits San Francisco Bay Area elementary schools, where struggling readers gain confidence and improve literacy by reading aloud to their furry friends. Readers of the Pack, a program run by the nonprofit 4Paws Learning and Wellness ...
Lessons on personalities help teens cope with social stressors, study says
Lessons on personalities help teens cope with social stressors, study says
Teaching teens that social and personality traits can change helps them cope with social challenges such as bullying, which in turn can help mitigate stress and improve academic performance, according to a study by psychologists at The University of Te...