Students in adaptive physical-education classes in a Virginia school district ran the equivalent of a marathon through a virtual program called Achilles Kids "Run for Fun." Students ran or walked a few laps each day that totaled the 26.2 miles -- the distance of a full marathon -- and received T-shirts, medals and other prizes throughout the process.
Educators at a high school in Virginia have adopted a comprehensive approach to helping students with cognitive delays prepare for jobs and to live independently. In this commentary, Amy Schuiteboer, one of the district's school improvement specialists, shares seven ways to make the approach successful, including using a holistic strategy, engaging the community and using data.
The Aurora, Colo., school district is setting aside $1.8 million next year to attract and retain teachers in hard-to-fill positions and may pay a $3,000 stipend to nurses, psychologists, special-education teachers and others. Superintendent Rico Munn said the plan could save the district money over the long term.
Social media use had positive outcomes for 9- and 10-year-olds who participated in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study. The study's results show that social media use led to increased physical activity, less family conflict and better sleep, compared with traditional TV or video-game screen time, which worsened sleep and family conflict.
Some states are not adhering to requirements for subgroups of students under their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, civil rights advocates say. At an event on Tuesday, the National Urban League, the Education Trust and UnidosUS released a set of principles aimed at ensuring vulnerable populations of students receive the resources they need to succeed.
The latest report showing an increase in the prevalence of autism uses the former diagnostic criteria, but cases would drop by 18% if the newer definition had been used, according to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis. The newer diagnostic criteria will be used in future reports.