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3 ways to promote grit via literacy instruction

E-School News – Staff Writer

“J.K. Rowling. Bill Gates. Oprah Winfrey. These are no doubt names that most students recognize as successful. But what often goes overlooked is the perseverance needed to achieve success, and that successful people—including these household names—often overcome great obstacles. To that end, the conversation in schools has shifted to resilience and grit, recognizing that people who demonstrate determination often end up being movers and shakers in today’s world.” (more)

Many Recommend Teaching Mental Health In Schools. Now Two States Will Require It

The Huffington Post – Christine Vestal

“Amid sharply rising rates of teen suicide and adolescent mental illness, two states have enacted laws that for the first time require public schools to include mental health education in their basic curriculum. Most states require health education in all public schools, and state laws have been enacted in many states to require health teachers to include lessons on tobacco, drugs and alcohol, cancer detection and safe sex. Two states are going further: New York’s new law adds mental health instruction to the list in kindergarten through 12th grade; Virginia requires it in ninth and 10th grades.” (more)

Personalized Learning at Its Best

Edutopia – Ryan Brusco

“As a second-year English teacher, I had a problem: I wanted to teach my sixth-grade students the wonders of English via a robust, recurring series of highly engaging grammar lessons designed to ensure that they would never conflate “their” with “they’re,” but their skill levels were in vastly different places. To be effective, my lessons needed to be personalized for each student.” (more)

9 resources to prevent summer learning loss

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“As the school year comes to a close in districts across the nation, many parents and educators look for resources to prevent summer learning loss in students. Sixty-four percent of parents are aware of summer learning loss, often referred to as the “summer slide,” according to research from the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report. According to a Brookings study, “Students’ achievement scores declined over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning” and “declines were sharper for math than for reading.” This loss of academic skills is especially worrisome for at-risk students and for students who struggled to meet learning goals during the school year.” (more)

8 reasons why we should combine art + math

E-School News – John De Pillis

“With declining U.S. student math scores, our schools would be wise to adopt a new formula that is sure to paint a prettier picture for the country’s STEM rankings. Combining math and art classes may in fact draw better math performance for American youth, starting as early as elementary school.” (more)