Teachers at two Nebraska elementary schools created sensory rooms to support their students with special needs. The rooms are equipped with items such as swings, a light table, calming music and other features to meet students' varying sensory needs.
A Michigan district is raising funds to place a therapy dog at each of its schools after seeing benefits of its two current therapy dogs. The dogs spend time with different classes supporting students, taking on tasks such as calming an anxious child or being read to by young students.
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
Many states have shortages of special-education teachers, with one report showing only 36% of students with special needs in California are taught by a teacher with at least preliminary teaching credentials. The Los Angeles Unified School District is addressing this shortage by offering tuition assistance to paraprofessionals working on their teaching certificates.
In a survey of children age 8 and younger, those from lower-income families spent more than three hours per day watching TV and using electronic devices, while those from higher-income families spent less than two hours per day on those activities, according to a report from Common Sense Media. The survey looked at the habits of over 1,400 children across the country.
Officials in New York state are considering a new way for students to earn a high-school diploma: by completing a capstone project. The debate comes as officials are considering whether the Regents exams currently in place are effective.
Nearly 29% of college students without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder believed ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall could boost their academic performance, while 38% were uncertain, according to a study in the journal Addictive Behaviors. Researchers also found a 2.5 times higher abuse risk among those who believed in the academic benefits of ADHD drugs, compared with unsure peers, and nearly double the odds of stimulant misuse among those in the unsure group, compared with those who didn't think the drugs had academic benefits.