Articles: Teaching & Learning

A District Where Music Still Thrives

While funding woes and NCLB mandates have led many school districts to cut music programs, Bay Shore, N.Y., remains steadfast in its support of all forms of arts education.

After 50 Years, Ethnic Studies Still Controversial

Recent events in school districts and some states show how divisive this 1960s phenomenon may prove to be in the 21st century.

Senate Bill 48: California Sets a New Curriculum Standard

It became the first state to require school districts to include the contributions of gay Americans in their social studies curriculum.

New Directions for Special Ed

Mainstreaming, population shifts, early intervention and budget cuts create challenges and opportunities for district leaders.

Education Reform Must Include the Arts

Arts education can increase student achievement and improve behavior for at-risk students, according to one study.

Starving for Recess

Elementary schools that buck tradition and place recess before lunch consistently report improvements in student nutrition and behavior.

Saying Goodbye to the 2 Percent Rule

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has urged more inclusion in the classroom and an end to the “2 percent rule,” which disguises the performance of students with special needs to boost a school’s scores.

New School Will be Both Sustainable and STEM Inspiring

The new Gloria Marshall Elementary School, opening this fall in Texas, will sport an aquatic pond, a butterfly garden, an above-ground cistern and a wind turbine.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Gets a Boost

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will be expanding the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

Helping STEM Take Root

School districts ramp up science, technology, engineering and math curriculum as it gains more attention locally and nationally.

The Redesign of AP Science and History Programs

This redesign will help to deepen and enrich students' readiness to become our next generation of scientists, engineers and historians.

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