Take Your Physics Class Out to the Ballgame

The baseball World Series is one example of how incorporating students' out-of-school interests in class can improve their understanding of complex concepts by giving them a concrete point of reference, while also increasing student performance.


Vermont Prepares for Mandatory Personalized Learning Plan for All

Vermont public schools have until next fall to prepare for a new law requiring all middle and high school students to have personalized learning plans that map out a path to college and/or career.


Programs Found to Stem Summer Learning Loss and Boost Achievement

An analysis of summer academic and enrichment programs operating in 13 states and the District of Columbia that were developed by the nonprofit Building Educated Leaders for Life, or BELL, found that students struggling the most in elementary and middle school showed the greatest gains in math and reading after going through the program


Demand For After-School Programs Outstrips Supply by Millions

More than 10 million children attend after-school programs across the United States, an increase of 4 million over the past decade, but supply is not keeping up with the rising demand and 19.4 million students whose parents want them in a program can't find one.


Teenagers and Multitasking May Mix, Says Study by High School Students

Unlike their parents, children who grow up in the thick of the world of digital gadgets may be rewiring their brains in a way that lets multitask and get it all done well.


Federal Grants to Transform Schools Into Community Hubs

Nine school and community partnerships each received about $500,000 in Full-Service Community Schools grants from the U.S. Department of Education to transform their schools into community centers that provide social, health, economic, and academic support to students and their families.


Los Angeles Students' Education Rights Violated, Judge Rules

A California judge issued a temporary restraining order requiring the state to immediately step in and fix scheduling problems that have caused students at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles to miss classes and be illegally denied enough learning time.


Trust and Collaboration Required for Expanded-Learning Success, Says Report

A key to successful after-school programs is forging strong partnerships among the community organizations running those programs and the schools and districts where they're located, concludes a new report by the Oakland, Calif.-based Partnership for Children and Youth.


Playing Tag Keeps Children More Focused in Class

Elementary school student who engage in regular physical activity and exercise after-school get a significant brain boost, according to a new study, making it easier for them to focus and stay on task in class.


Small Grant Competition to Expand Environmental Education

The nonprofit Captain Planet Foundation is offering small grants to schools and local nonprofit organizations to expand environmental education through hands-on, project-based lessons designed to teach students to be stewards of the environment.


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