Seventeen schools in South Carolina are participating in a three-year pilot program that seeks to study the effectiveness of robots in teaching students with autism. The robot used in the study is designed to offer social, emotional and behavioral lessons.
Some colleges and universities are working with instructors, professors and textbook publishers to improve the accessibility of learning materials. Kelly Hermann, University of Phoenix vice president of accessibility and disability strategy, says officials should focus on cultural changes, rather than legal requirements, when guiding the shift to accessibility.
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School safety planning can present challenges in the current landscape, asserts Ken Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services. In this commentary, he offers guiding principles for planning, such as "don't lose sight of the big picture."
The journey to coding in a Massachusetts school district began with the Hour of Code, and since has expanded to include a range of activities, asserts technology specialist Joli Boucher. In this commentary, she shares four pillars that can serve as the foundation for expanding coding.
Lawmakers in Congress have proposed some short-term fixes to provide funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program. Without a long-term solution in place, some state leaders are considering whether they should notify families that the services will end.
A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that older adolescents with depression had a more than twofold higher likelihood of dropping out of high school, compared with those who recovered from earlier depression or those without depression. The findings also showed higher rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder among dropouts and at-risk peers, compared with average students.