Overcrowded classrooms plague many schools in rapidly growing communities, where children frequently have to learn their lessons in trailers because there is not enough space in the buildings for more classrooms. To deal with the challenge of educating students in overflowing facilities, some school districts are turning to the private sector for help. Listen to this story from American Public Media's "Marketplace." (Real Player required.)...


Even with increasing concern over improving student nutrition and exercise during the school day, many schools don't want to terminate relatively lucrative contracts with soda companies. But how much money do schools actually earn, and where is the money coming from? And, most importantly, what are the implications for student health? Nicola Pinson investigates in this article from Rethinking Schools....


The general secretary of the U.K.-based Professional Association of Teachers told a conference recently that teachers whose voices are monotone or hoarse are at risk of boring their students, reports the U.K.-based online Guardian Unlimited. Citing results from a variety of independent research, Philip Parkin went on to say that teachers would benefit from expert voice coaching--he offered unemployed actors as a potential resource--as it would not only make their teaching more effective, but could also save them from voice disorders later in their careers....


This story from WIRED NEWS discusses how Google is trying to push and attract more aspiring programmers to the open-source world with its Google Summer of Code project. As part of the initiative, undergraduate students are paid to work on complex code projects over the summer while being mentored by some of the industry's leading programmers. Those selected for the summer of code project get a $4500 stipend for their efforts....


Can we protect children without banning social networking sites in schools? Adam Thierer thinks we can. In this article from IT&T News, he writes that the newly proposed Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA), which would require federally funded schools to ban such web sites, is taking the wrong approach. According to Thierer, regulation—and not restriction—will be the key to online safety in schools....


The home life of students can have a tremendous impact on their ability—and the ability of their classmates—to learn. But how can educators turn a disruptive climate into an environment conducive to learning? In this article from Educational Leadership, a publication of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, experienced educator Grace L. Sussman recounts her efforts at connecting with her 4th grade inner-city students and uncovering the reasons why they were struggling to achieve in the classroom....


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