A Pennsylvania school district is expanding its one-to-one learning program by providing Chromebooks for all middle-school students next year. The devices will offer various learning opportunities, such as blended-learning programs, project-based learning, collaborative learning and classroom-management programs.
A Tennessee school district has used a state Read to be Ready grant to offer a free four-week literacy camp to a group of students at risk of significant learning loss during the summer. Students engage in literacy activities and field trips, plus get breakfast and lunch as part of the program.
At one California high school, fewer ninth-grade students have been failing math since the school started a summer math camp for incoming freshmen. During the four-week camp, students solve math problems and enhance their teamwork skills, school officials say.
Media specialists can embrace the "unconference" movement to network with fellow educators, writes Ge-Anne Bolhuis, a Georgia school district instructional technology specialist and media specialist liaison. In this commentary, she shares three suggestions for building such a network, including by using Twitter and organizing local CoffeeEDU meetings.
Thirty-seven percent of the US schools that tested their water for lead found elevated levels, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. Data show that fewer than half of all school districts tested their water in 2017.
Puerto Rico could move forward with plans to close 263 schools as early as this summer, after Puerto Rico's Supreme Court ruled to allow the local government to close several schools west of San Juan. Gov. Ricardo Rossello says the ruling recognizes that financial considerations make it necessary for the government to close the schools.
Researchers found that the rate of 12th-grade students who reported lifetime abstinence from substance use increased from 5% in 1976 to 26% in 2014 and the rate of those who said they didn't have any substance use within the previous month rose from 23% to 52% during the same period. The findings in Pediatrics also showed a significant increase in adolescent alcohol and cigarette abstinence, but abstinence from marijuana and other illicit drugs rose only slightly.
An analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education finds that 3.5% of US adults reside more than an hour's drive away from the nearest public college, placing them in "education deserts." These areas are largely rural and predominantly white, though 29.5% of Native Americans live with the disadvantage.
College and university administrators need to create a network of faculty observers to spot students struggling with housing and food insecurity, says Marva Craig, vice president of student affairs at Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City. Administrators can respond in several ways, including opening a food pantry and addressing housing needs, some college leaders suggest.
It will cost $894 million over the next two-year budget cycle for Texas to continue funding the Towards EXcellence, Access and Success Grant Program. The program, which began in 1999, was designed to cover all college costs for low-income students, but because of the program's growth, it covered about 45% of costs in 2017, state data show.