Maker programs support student innovation | Ideas for boosting students' leadership skills | District to launch gifted-education science classes
May 24, 2017
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Maker programs support student innovation
Maker programs support student innovation
Some schools have embraced the maker movement to encourage discovery-based learning as well as science, technology, engineering and math skills. Business and university partners have collaborated with some schools to help create dedicated makerspaces.
U.S. News & World Report (5/22) 
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Ideas for boosting students' leadership skills
Educators can help students become more engaged in the classroom by recognizing and developing their leadership skills, asserts Daniel Oscar, president and CEO of the Center for Supportive Schools. In this blog post, Oscar suggests ways to achieve this goal through tasks such as mentoring younger students or serving as a classroom assistant.
Edutopia online (5/23) 
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District to launch gifted-education science classes
A Texas school district will add science to self-contained courses offered to students who are gifted in fifth through 10th grades. The district began offering a self-contained, gifted language-arts class two years ago, and is looking for ways to meet students' needs by expanding into other subjects.
Longview News-Journal (Texas) (5/20) 
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Gender Equity in STEM
Study: Female mentors help women persist in STEM
Female engineering undergraduates were less likely to drop out and were more motivated and self-assured when paired with a female mentor, according to a study from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Researcher Nilanjana Dasgupta says the mentors serve as "social vaccines" against negative stereotypes that can keep some women out of science, technology, engineering and math fields.
The Atlantic online (5/22),  Inside Higher Ed (5/22) 
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Research & Funding
How does peer pressure affect academic choices?
How does peer pressure affect academic choices?
Peer pressure may cause students to avoid opportunities to improve their academic performance, according to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers found participation in SAT-prep classes increased from 53% to 80% when sign-ups were made private instead of public.
Edutopia online (5/22) 
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Business & Industry
Colo. airport event introduces young people to aviation
Colorado's Greeley-Weld County Airport helped introduce young people to general aviation at a recent Learn to Fly Day, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association and Aims Community College. Pilots took up to three passengers for 20-minute rides in a Cessna 172.
The Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) (5/20) 
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New ShopACTE resource on job search skills
Danny Rubin's "Wait, How Do I Write This Email?" is an innovative guide that provides job search and employability guidance along with more than 100 templates that showcase writing techniques and soft skills applicable to any CTE sector. Rubin also provides more than 40 classroom activities that align with state academic standards and will help your students write better, speak with confidence and land more job opportunities. Price: $16.99 Purchase your copy today.
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Deadline for CTE student scholarships is fast approaching
The Horatio Alger National Career and Technical Scholarship Program is offering 1,020 scholarships of up to $2,500 each to students pursuing a CTE certificate or degree at a community college. ACTE is proud to support this initiative and we encourage students to apply by the June 15 deadline. Learn more.
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