Middle- and high-school students in a New Mexico district are enrolled in a six-week intensive summer program aimed at improving their academic achievement and helping them prepare for college. Breakthrough Santa Fe, which is in its 15th year as part of the national Breakthrough Collaborative, allows students to take advanced lessons and receive tutoring.
College students want academic and career guidance, but most are not making time to meet with their adviser, according to a report from Civitas and the Center for Generational Kinetics. The report showed that 44% want in-person coaching, but other preferred methods include email (18%), videoconferencing (11%) and a personalized college app (10%), Dian Schaffhauser writes.
Students can deepen their learning by teaching peers -- a process known as reciprocal teaching, asserts Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. In this blog post, Chandler shares resources for teachers and tips for implementing this strategy.
Educators in a Pennsylvania school district are using themed lessons to improve prekindergarten to eighth-grade students' engagement and attendance in summer school. One school is using hands-on projects to teach science, technology, engineering and math, such as by creating a greenhouse, gardening or constructing volcanoes.
Spending to prepare for college this year is expected to reach $55.3 billion, breaking last year's record spending of $54.1 billion, according to a study by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Those shopping for college are expected to spend the most on electronics, clothing and dorm furnishings, the data show.
Project Lead the Way, a project-based curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math, is releasing technology-based questions that aim to measure skills such as collaboration and general problem-solving. The questions are designed to test students on their academics in real-world scenarios.
Advanced Placement history students at a Wisconsin high school recently participated in DCE Inspires, a project that encourages them to understand how some people in their lives have influenced and inspired them. The project, created by social studies teacher Brad Seeley, also required each student to select and give a Token of Inspiration to someone and share why the person received the honor.
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education will invest $13.6 million to continue 20 workforce-training programs supported by the state's high schools, two-year colleges, technical schools and industry. Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the programs have met short-term goals and are working toward longer-term goals, including employment outcomes and wage progression.
Virginia elementary-school principal Stacy Kirkpatrick says, in her new job, she will practice collaborative leadership, so everyone will have "a voice at the table." She also says she has a strong interest in instructional technology and will implement blended learning, combining technology alongside traditional learning methods.
Searching for a job during the summer has both pros and cons, including less competition, but a slower hiring process as managers at organizations take vacations, writes career expert Caroline Ceniza-Levine. To speed things up, candidates should seek new networking contacts and give prospective employers deadlines or let them know when you have other offers, Ceniza-Levine suggests in this commentary.
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