Since ASCD first introduced its initiative on whole-child learning 12 years ago, the concept has grown and now is central to most conversations about education, write David Griffith and Sean Slade of ASCD. In this commentary, they discuss the future of educating students to be "knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically inspired, engaged in the arts" and prepared for the world beyond the classroom.
The quality of Head Start programs varies widely, according to a study led by Terri Sabol of Northwestern University. Researchers found that differences in class size, student-adult ratio, teacher education level and the instructional support provided to children could affect funding in some cases.
Teenage summer interns in Philadelphia learned the basics of financial literacy before receiving their first paychecks. Philadelphia Youth Networks organized the class to help teens understand the importance of saving and budgeting, plus other concepts.
Illinois' Golden Apple Scholar Institutes works to help curb high rates of teacher turnover. The program, which has trained about 800 aspiring teachers over the past year, includes practical teaching experience in the classroom.
John White, Louisiana's superintendent of education, and three other educators testified last week before a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment about efforts to curb high rates of teacher turnover. White pointed to the state's efforts to prepare teachers through mentoring, including a yearlong residency program and pilot programs focused on alternative certification.
A Mississippi school district is using the website TeacherLists to take its school supply lists digital. John Driscoll, president of TeacherLists, says the site helps to relieve some frustrations associated with school supply lists, including forgetting the printout at home when going to the store.
The Federal Trade Commission is considering updates to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act that could have implications for schools. Amelia Vance of the Future of Privacy Forum says the changes could alter restrictions for some mobile apps used by teachers and affect procedures for parental consent.
Advocates for students in special education said last week that they believed the US Department of Education was considering changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, specifically, to the portion that calls for students to be placed in the "least restrictive environment" that meets their needs. Department spokeswoman Liz Hill said no immediate changes are in the works and "we are not planning to do anything on least restrictive environment."
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A RAND Corp. report showed that 52% of lower-income parents said their sixth- to 12th-grade children participated school- or community-based sports activities, compared with 66% of middle- and higher-income parents. Nearly 35% of all families, including 42% of lower-income families, cited financial costs as a barrier to youth sports participation, according to the report.