At the Denver School of Innovation, high schooler Amida Nigena is responsible for getting her work done—and for figuring out what the work is. DSI, like a handful of innovative schools, pushes its students to take responsibility for learning.
Lakeview School District Superintendent Blake Prewitt wakes up each day and scrolls through a dozen or more alerts from Firestorm, the Georgia-based service the district uses to scan through student social media pages across several networks.
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (MKG) took 10 children to Dick’s Sporting Goods with the Partners for Parks afterschool program, each with a $100 gift card. That habit of generosity is one that he learned from his mother and one he practiced as a boy.
Dothan City Schools is launching a new civics education initiative that will help connect hundreds of Alabama middle school students with role models from American history to tackle subjects like character development, civic responsibility, financial literacy and others.
In schools across America, it’s becoming cool to be kind.
In Montpelier, VT, biology students are tending to both their own education and a greenhouse serving their whole school district’s food system. The high school students are thriving with the responsibility of growing salad greens, which are purchased and served by all three schools in their district, as covered by Edutopia.
Summer camps are finding creative ways to address “nature deficit disorder” among youth through a greater range of activities and specialty camps designed to help them unplug from technology and immerse themselves nature.
Skokie police officer Mario Valenti is changing the perception of police in his community with a little compassion, and $150.
In this full-length interview and accompanying transcript, sociologist Patricia Maloney addresses issues like these:
• The vast differences between charter schools and how they seek to form character
• Why a relational approach to education can be a double-edged sword
• The careful dance of teaching cultural capital
Wednesdays and Refrigerator Walls: The Impact of Arts Education in a Culture of High-Stakes Assessment
Erin Sponaugle, West Virginia State Teacher of the Year 2014, shares the impact that Art had on her as a student and how she helps her students to find a passion for Art as a teacher.
More than a dozen students at Carolina Forest High school recently received an in-depth, real-world education in history and the U.S. Constitution, an experience several said taught them a lot about themselves, as well.
Community School for Social Justice founder Sue-Ann Rosch discussed how administrators at the South Bronx school help students take responsibility for their actions with peer mediation during an Education Leaders Roundtable at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture this spring.