Colorado special-education teacher Wendi Sussman says having a school store gives her students with special needs a chance to practice life skills. In this Q&A, she describes how she teaches life skills and builds relationships with her students.
The ratio of school counselors to students has not improved since the 2004-05 school year, according to a report by the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the American School Counselor Association. Data show the average student-counselor ratio was 482 to 1 in 2014-15 -- up from 479 to 1 a decade earlier.
Making science stick Hands-on learning in the science classroom sets objects and concepts within a real-world context. Students connect theory to experience and learning sticks. Get more insights on effective science instruction from the Smithsonian's Carol O'Donnell in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
Teachers who desire to become leaders need support, asserts Fred Ende, assistant director of curriculum and instructional services for Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. In this blog post, he offers three ways teacher leaders can be supported in their journeys.
A robot named Milo that displays a wide range of facial expressions and never tires of repeating has helped students with autism at a middle school in Elgin, Texas. Studies of how such children work with and establish rapport with robots are underway by more than two dozen universities, said Richard Margolin, chief technology officer at RoboKind, Milo's manufacturer.
All schools and colleges under investigation of discriminating against students with disabilities are being listed on the US Department of Education's website under a new policy. Previously, only discrimination cases involving sexual maltreatment were carried on the site.
Students in Maryland would not be allowed to play tackle football or other contact sports on public fields before high school under legislation being considered by state lawmakers. The proposal stems from concerns about students' health, including head injuries.