Bilingual Children Have Many Advantages




Something like 60 percent of the world’s population speaks more than one language, a statistic in which U.S. students often fall far behind. Current research seems to show that leaves our students out in the cold in more than just conversation. Bilingualism is the equivalent of weightlifting for the brain. It has all kinds of […]




Girls Are Still Behind in Math, but Why?




In the late 1990s, it became apparent that there was a gender gap in math achievement among American students. A study performed in the 1998-1999 school year found that girls were falling behind in math as early as kindergarten, with the gap widening as they aged through the school system. Problems like this were supposed […]




Tennessee Schools Aim to Improve Literacy Teaching




The Tennessee Department of Education, along with 90 school districts in the state, is creating Read to Be Ready. This program is designed to train teachers in the best techniques for teaching literacy to young students. Tennessee has an acknowledged problem with children not reading at grade level, and by training “reading coaches” to work […]




Closed Captions, Video Transcripts Benefit All Students




A recent study has found that about 75 percent of college students, based on responses from undergraduate and graduate students at four-year institutions, make use of closed captions and transcripts when viewing videos for class purposes. These students said they use the captions and transcripts in order to increase focus, retention, engagement, and comprehension. Closed […]




Baltimore Teacher Fired After Racist Rant




A teacher at Baltimore’s Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School has been fired after she was caught on video screaming at a classroom full of middle school students and using a racial epithet. The school is mostly black, and the teacher is white. After yelling at a student to get out of her class, she then went […]




Schools Use Mindfulness Practices to Reduce Discipline




School discipline can have a long-term effect on children’s lives, especially kids growing up in poor urban areas. Traditionally, the default response to kids getting in trouble is either detention or suspension. The former is mostly boring, and the latter disrupts education, making it harder for kids to keep up, and more likely that they’ll […]




Principals Shape School Climate and Thus Student Values




According to recent research by the Association of Psychological Science, students’ values can be linked to school climate, and in turn to the values of their principals. The study looked at 252 principals, 3,600 teachers, and 50,000 students in Israel and found that, over the course of the two-year study, student vales came to reflect […]




Teachers Vital Support to LGBTQ Students, Parents




Growing up gay, transgender, or anywhere else in the “rainbow” can be difficult. As the LGBTQ community becomes more open and accepted, we’ve put a lot of thought into how to help kids deal with the challenges of being a part of that community. But the most significant challenge, finding acceptance, can be hard not […]




Football Stadium More Important Than Overcrowded Schools




Katy, Texas probably isn’t a name you’ve heard before. It’s a city in the margins of Houston, on the intersection of three counties and home to around 16,000 citizens. It’s also part of one of the most overcrowded school districts in the country. Overcrowding is systemic in public schools, but several of the elementary schools […]




Taking and Sharing Pictures Makes Us Happier




If you’re worried about your students’ desire to constantly take selfies and share them on social media, you can breathe a sigh of relief. A new study has shown that taking and sharing digital photos can be good for mental health. The four-week study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, featured 41 […]




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