Tina Hegner, manager of research and development at PublicSchoolWORKS, offers insights into laws on bullying and cyberbullying as National Bullying Prevention Month gets underway. In this interview, she describes how schools and districts can address bullying -- even if it takes place off campus -- and enforce anti-bullying laws.
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Some teachers are using mobile apps, such as Calm and Headspace, to help teach mindfulness and meditation. Brooke Waterman, an Oregon elementary-school teacher who uses one of the apps, says her second-graders are most quiet and focused when they are meditating.
The new Rhode2College program will pay Rhode Island students from low-income families who earn high scores on the PSAT to complete certain tasks that will keep them on the college path. The program, funded through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, supports such tasks including, creating lists of possible colleges, scoring higher on the SAT than the PSAT and submitting a federal financial-aid form.
President Donald Trump has signed a spending bill that funds several federal agencies' budgets for fiscal 2019, including the US Department of Education. That department will receive $71.5 billion -- about $581 million more than the previous fiscal year.
A New Jersey school district has asked parents to sign a pledge barring students' access to social media until they are 13 years old because they are not "emotionally mature enough to handle it," says Superintendent John Marciante. The district's request comes after an incident occurred between students in a chatroom that led to a threat of a school shooting.
Ten percent more mothers of young children in Washington, D.C., have entered the workforce since the district adopted a free, universal preschool program, according to a study by the Center for American Progress, a think tank that supports such programs. Enrollment in the program is not mandatory, but data show about 80% of eligible students are enrolled.