U.S. ranks near bottom of advanced nations in child wellness — new report

The Netherlands, Denmark and Norway topped the list, which takes into account data on the mental and physical health of children as well as their skills as measured by international exams. Mental well-being includes both life satisfaction as well as suicide rates; physical health includes rates of overweight and obesity as well as child mortality, and skills focuses both on proficiency in reading and mathematics as well as social skills.

But the report noted that in many of the advanced nations on the list, children are not doing well; in fact, in nearly half, more than 1 in 5 children

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Going back to school: The good, the bad and the ugly

The organization has been tracking 37 school districts in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, representing more than 195,000 students plus thousands of staff in areas with county covid-19 rates ranging from 0 percent to 5.9 percent. All school districts require the wearing of masks, and Pennsylvania schools have active sports programs. The districts studied were in counties that had low coronavirus rates and required wearing masks.

Burris was the long-serving principal of South Side High School in New York’s Rockville Centre School District; the high school is mentioned in her report below. In 2010, she was recognized by the School

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Hands-on Learning for a Work-in-Progress World 

When students can learn by doing, it serves not only their futures, but also their community. Handson  learning is a fun and accessible way to engage students in skill and knowledge-building that will contribute to a future workforce of talented and self-motivated problem solvers. Every student has the capacity to do great things in life, and the world has its share of problems that need solving – the trick is getting young innovators involved, with the help of relevant and accessible experiential learning opportunities. 

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Engage the Next Generation of Problem-Solvers with New Resources from Fueling Education

2020 has proven that severe challenges around the world affect us all. Finding new solutions for challenges like sustainability, environmental preservation, and safety will only be possible in the future if we are nurturing critical thinking skills in students today. Inspire students to become the problem-solvers of tomorrow with resources from Fueling Education.  

Developed in partnership with CITGO, Fueling Education brings the wonder of the STEM world directly to students in grades 5-8 through no-cost educational resources and activities designed to spark new interest in solution-seeking  

Fueling Education Student Challenge 

The cornerstone of the Fueling Education

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Teacher Tips: How to Reduce Screen Time When School Is Online


Like a long shadow sweeping the country, the coronavirus has transformed K-12 schooling, forcing millions of students to learn from home, parked in front of computers for many hours each week. And that’s triggered new concerns about how much time kids are spending looking at screens.

Santhana Pierre’s daily schedule offers a glimpse of many students’ new realities. The 10th grader opted for the all-remote option at her school, Pathways College Preparatory in St. Albans, N.Y. She’s on her laptop in her bedroom or on the living room couch pretty much constantly for the school’s entire day, which runs

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History educator: Let’s teach as if democracy depends on it — because it does

“Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes but that were villains,” he said. “The radical view of American history is a web of lies, all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.”

Critics say the charge is at best nonsense and at worst dangerous, turning the teaching of history

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How Can Video Lessons Affect Learning for the Youngest Students? – Inside School Research

Preschool and early elementary teachers face some of the greatest unknowns when dealing with remote learners during the pandemic. There has been relatively little research on very young students learning remotely, but emerging research on video lessons could provide clues for educators working to stem learning loss.

One new analysis in the journal Child Development finds that children ages 6 and under scored, on average across tests and learning domains, half of a standard deviation higher if they had been taught information via face-to-face instruction compared to video.  To put that in context, if young children learning through video performed

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California governor vetoes bill requiring ethnic studies in high school. Here’s why.

But the governor, who recently signed a different bill requiring all California State University System undergraduates to take ethnic studies, said that concerns about what should be taught in a high school course led him to veto the bill.

He wrote: “In California, we don’t tolerate our diversity. We celebrate it. That should be reflected in our high school curriculum. I look forward to the model curriculum achieving these goals.”

Newsom said he would introduce new legislation about a high school ethnic studies requirement, and was directing his staff to work with Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the State Board of

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October is Maker Month! Celebrate with Innovation Generation! 

During the month of October, we are partnering with Stanley Black & Decker once again to encourage students to explore creativity, design and connection through Innovation Generation, a program developed to ignite, engage and empower student makers. Through a number of activities and resources throughout the month and beyond, we will celebrate the maker spirit in all students! 

Maker Moments 

Join us during the month of October for Maker Moments, where we will be sharing live demonstrations of three new activities featured in the Innovation Generation program! We will be streaming these live demonstrations on the

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