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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.

Agriculture education grows in the city

Steven Wyman-Blackburn
March, 2017
MUCKING STALLS IN THE BIG CITY—Agriculture students at John Browne High School care for livestock, maintain a flock of laying hens, and grow food and ornamental plants when they’re not studying the details of agriculture. (Julie Fritsch)

Schools are increasingly adding agriculture education, or “ag ed”—about 12,000 agriculture educators teach programs in the U.S., says a National Association of Agricultural Educators survey.

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.

Keys to Creating Makerspaces

December, 2016

The maker movement is poised to transform K12 learning. Makerspaces—workshop areas that provide tools and raw materials for students to invent, create, collaborate and learn—reinforce STEM skills and enable more authentic learning. While there are a variety of ways to design and build makerspaces, there are some key strategies administrators can employ to ensure their program is successful.

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