Meals now free to all students at 77 Atlanta schools
Atlanta Public Schools has expanded the number of schools that offer free breakfast and lunch to every student, no matter their family income. Starting this year, every student who attends a district-run school or a charter school that uses the district’s food service is eligible for no-cost school meals.
Do our divided schools look like a scene out of ‘Mean Girls’?
Hate crimes are on the rise, and schools are a common site for such racism, bullying and prejudiced behavior. So, what are teachers and administrators to do? Young people have suggested several possible solutions, including encouraging meaningful conversations in class and meeting students where they are.
Focus in kindergarten may predict future earnings
The way a child acts in kindergarten may predict how much money they earn as an adult. Both boys and girls who showed inattentive behavior at age 6 earned less in their 30s after taking into consideration their IQ and family adversity, a study found.
DA op-ed: Lights, camera, learning
"I began using social media in my library media center program to market a different image of the students I served—one that was not portrayed in the local media," says K.C. Boyd, Jefferson Middle School Academy's library media specialist in Washington, D.C. She uses social media as a teaching and learning tool in her classroom.
Schools reenergize next-generation science fairs
As science education has expanded in recent years to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, so have the corresponding science fairs. Instead of traditional exploding volcanoes or foam-painted solar systems, today’s projects focus on using the scientific method—from testing a hypothesis to presenting the findings—even for young learners.
Best (practices) in show: Therapy dogs in schools
Therapy dogs in schools can perform wonders: The animals relieve students’ stress, help kids learn to read, and even boost test scores and attendance. To reach these goals, educators must focus as much on the animals’ needs as they do on the comfort of students, says Jennifer VonLintel, a counselor.
The booming business of everyday ballistic gear
This is America in 2019, where mass shootings have become so commonplace that consumers are buying bulletproof backpacks, clipboards and more that they hope will protect them from gunfire. We have given rise to an industry of ballistic goods for everyday Americans, though there is little evidence the products are actually effective.