Strategies for Building Community in a High School Classroom

Community building is all about creating a space where students and educators agree to work together on shared goals with respect and openness. When you create a space where students feel comfortable and safe, it can lead to more learning, more engagement, positive behavior, and stronger connections to their peers. Since high school students often…

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When Students Acquire Spatial Skills, Their Verbal Abilities Get a Boost

Conventional testing can underestimate a student’s learning ability. Sociocultural barriers, test anxiety and differences in rates of brain development can skew results. In principle, neuroscience tools that allow observation of brain activity might better characterize learning gains. But neuroscience and education have not always formed fruitful partnerships. New research that more profitably pairs the two…

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Back-to-School Night: 7 High School Open House Ideas

Open houses for high schools can look very different from school to school and region to region. Whether your high school calls it “back-to-school night,” “meet the teacher night,” “open house,” “curriculum night,” or something else, the goal remains the same: connect with caregivers to ensure a positive learning environment and understand the academic requirements…

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Stunning Image of Supernova Remnant Processed by New Australian Supercomputer : ScienceAlert

Within 24 hours of accessing the first stage of Australia’s newest supercomputing system, researchers have processed a series of radio telescope observations, including a highly detailed image of a supernova remnant. The very high data rates and the enormous data volumes from new-generation radio telescopes such as ASKAP (Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder) need highly…

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Reaching the Root of Disparities in Cancer Care [Sponsored]

This podcast was produced for the AstraZeneca YOUR Cancer program by Scientific American Custom Media, a division separate from the magazine’s board of editors. Transcript: Megan Hall: In 2021, the Cancer Community Awards, sponsored by AstraZeneca, created a new award category, the Catalyst for Equity Award. This award celebrates those who strive to overcome disparities…

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Corrections Agencies Would Get Broad Power Over Prison Education. Advocates Say That’s a Problem.

Advocates for incarcerated students are raising concerns over who gets the final say on which education programs in prisons will be eligible for Pell Grants. Under regulations proposed last week by the US Department of Education, the local, state, and federal agencies that oversee prisons will decide which programs are available to the nearly half…

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Researchers Did a Deep Dive Into Efforts to Restrict Critical Race Theory. Here’s What They Found.

Since Republican lawmakers began backing bills to limit diversity training or ban the teaching of “divisive” topics, most national news coverage has focused on such efforts in red states. But a new analysis reveals that restrictions like these have popped up in nearly every state, with local governments and school boards taking matters into their…

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A Professor Alleged Racial Profiling by a Campus Police Officer. Then Things Escalated.

Faculty members of color often describe being treated like a threat on or near their campuses. A recent incident at California State University at Long Beach lays those tensions bare. In May, a Latino professor accused a Cal State-Long Beach police officer of racial profiling after he got locked out of his office. The police…

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Colleges Rely on Outdated Consent Education. Experts Say They Need to Get With the Times.

Many of the most popular teen-focused shows on television — Euphoria, Sex Education, Normal Peopleto name a few – depicts or discusses rough or aggressive sex. In great detail. There may be a reason for that. Research shows that more young people are having rough sex, which can include hair-pulling, spanking, choking, scratching, and slapping.…

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3 Takeaways From Supporting Briefs in the Case That Could Change College Admissions

Only about two months remain before the Supreme Court hears arguments for the most-watched legislative challenge in higher education: two cases that could undo the practice of race-conscious admissions. The cases were brought by the anti-affirmative-action nonprofit Students for Fair Admissions against Harvard College and the University of North Carolina in 2014. They are the…

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