Students in the Diversity Club at a Wisconsin high school recently visited the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie to learn about social justice and the notable contributions of lesser-known people who have addressed issues such as human trafficking and women's rights. The students also asked questions during an interactive chat with a 3D hologram of Holocaust survivor Fritzie Fritzshall.
Some educators are using artificial-intelligence-powered teaching assistants to help improve outcomes for students. A Washington school district is using the technology to predict whether students will graduate on time and thereby improve graduation rates, while educators in a New Jersey elementary school are using AI assistants to support students studying science, technology, engineering and math.
A California budget deal includes $15 million that will allow two school districts to develop pilot programs to make their campuses more welcoming and inclusive. The programs will be designed with different types of interventions, including restorative justice, social and emotional learning, and alternatives to traditional forms of discipline and punishment.
CDC researchers found that 15.1%, or about 2.5 million, of high-school students had one or more concussions during the previous year. The findings, based on 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, showed that concussions were more prevalent among boys and those who played on at least one sports team.
Colleges and universities can boost completion rates by providing students with more basic needs such as food and transportation besides just tuition assistance, higher-education leaders said recently at the 2018 New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum. "How many of us have thought instead of sending an academic advisor to talk to them about their math class that we might give them a meal plan?" asked Temple University professor Sara Goldrick-Rab.
Three Democratic US senators have reintroduced a measure that would provide grants to states to establish or expand reverse transfer programs to retroactively award associate degrees to students who may have earned enough credits but never received the degree. Sponsor Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., says the measure would make it easier for students to "compete in today's economy and earn higher wages."
More colleges and universities are reporting an increase in the number of students asking for permission to bring emotional support animals with them to campus. A recent analysis of more than 1,000 colleges, however, shows that 96% of them do not allow students to have emotional support animals.
College and university leaders should allow controversial speakers to appear on campus, says Suzanne Nossel, CEO of the free speech group PEN America. Protests also should be allowed to proceed without disrupting the event, Nossel notes.
The University of New Hampshire is asking for $35 million in state funding over six years to build new research laboratories and prepare students for science and medical careers. Gov. Chris Sununu says he supports the plan, which carries an overall price tag of $86 million, to help improve workforce skills in the state.