The College Board will roll out a new initiative that applies an adversity score to SAT exam results, starting this fall, following a successful beta test with 50 institutions. The score considers 15 circumstances, including crime and poverty rates of students' neighborhoods, and will only be disclosed to the college or university during the application process.
Kaffie Middle School in Corpus Christi, Texas, offers the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, or AVID, to prepare its students for college through study skills and leadership training. The school was recently named an AVID National Demonstration School, meaning it will serve as a model for other schools considering the program.
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Leaders have a number of ways to become more empathetic, including appreciating the perspectives of others, expanding their own horizons and listening deeply without getting overwhelmed, writes Pamela McLean. "Whether we over-empathize and care too much, or completely miss the opportunity to connect with empathy, the result is similar -- we miss the opportunity to build a working relationship," she writes.
Aldine Independent School District in Houston has partnered with Microsoft on a program that tests internet-of-things-enabled school safety measures such as sensors and smart lighting. The pilot has mapped out school layouts for first responders, and the next phase is to use IoT sensors to track mechanical functions in the school.
DonorsChoose is launching an initiative called #ISeeMe that promotes the use of educational materials representing different cultures, such as books by writers of color and other texts on diverse figures. Google has promised to match $4 million in donations.
Legislation in Georgia requiring kindergarten through fifth-grade students to have 30 minutes of outdoor recess daily was vetoed by Gov. Brian Kemp. The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Demetrius Douglas, says he will continue fighting for the legislation and plans to meet with Kemp to find out why he did not sign the bill.
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Public charter school network KIPP, the largest in the US, has published a report detailing the experiences of its alumni. Almost half -- 45% -- of KIPP graduates earned a bachelor's degree within six years, though 72% of those who went to college in 2016-17 said they did not have jobs or internships consistent with their studies.
What teenagers want vs. what they need is not always in perfect harmony. This discord can pose uncertainties for the adults who work with them. By modeling consistency, high expectations, respect, and kindness, write Mary Ann Ware and Jodi Rath, teachers build a rapport with teens that promotes success.
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