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‘Mountain kids’ at eight schools explore local terrain

Ray Bendici
March, 2017
Fifteen outdoor field trip days are built into the academic year at Plumas USD school district.

Plumas USD, a rural district tucked away in the rugged terrain of northeastern California, uses its own backyard for its “Outdoor Core” K12 curriculum.

Books about helping students succeed in school

Ray Bendici
March, 2017
Serving Students Who Are Homeless is one of the four books on education DA promotes in this month's Noteworthy Books feature.

DA promotes four books about serving homeless students, inspiring disengaged kids, improving communication skills and studying personalized learning in K12.

Finnish-ing touches on education

Ray Bendici
February, 2017
LESS IS MORE IN SCHOOLS—Students at this high school in Jyvaskyla, Finland, spend only about 20 hours in class per week and get less homework than their American counterparts, yet consistently post higher scores on international PISA tests. (Photo: Kevin Oliver, CC BY-NC-ND)

In the latest round of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam, given to more than 500,000 15-year-olds in 72 nations, students in the U.S. once again scored in the middle of the pack—and below average in math—raising concerns and sending educators looking for answers.

Beyond K12: College, careers and kindergarten

Deborah Yaffe
February, 2017
CUSTOMIZED MORTAR BOARD—A kindergarten student, left, at Canyon View Elementary School in the Canyons School District creates and dons his very own paper academic cap, in preparation for graduation and college in 13 years, at the Kindergarten College-Ready Day last year. He had help from a Brighton High School student, right, who serves as a role model, preparing to end high school and enter post-secondary education.

On the first Friday of every school year, the new kindergartners of Utah’s Canyons School District look ahead to the future—far ahead. To mark Kindergarten College-Ready Day, the children make construction-paper mortar boards and march in mock graduation ceremonies.

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