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Parenting Adolescents About Cheating in High School (opens in a new window)

Psychology Today

October 25, 2022

Rather than make cheating a conduct issue between parent and teenager, and the young person acting defensive with the adult, I think it works better to treat cheating as a concern for how the adolescent is treating themself. To do so, parents can acknowledge the temptations to cheat and then suggest some possible costs.

Should High Schools Teach Data Science? If So, Alum Says ‘Why Not Me?’ (opens in a new window)

UVA Today

October 24, 2022

Dakolios, formerly an award-winning high school math teacher, decided to switch careers in his mid-30s. He pursued a master’s in Data Science, and when he completed the degree in December of last year, he landed a job as a data scientist with a major home electronics retailer. But the classroom came calling, along with his former professors, Dakolios designed a high school Data Science class that he is piloting this year.

Have We Forgotten What a Public Library Is For? (opens in a new window)

Washington Post

October 04, 2022

Libraries fill a role central to any functioning democracy: upholding the rights of citizens to read, to seek information, to speak freely. As champions of access, librarians are committed to curating collections that allow everyone who enters the library to see themselves in the books and resources the library provides.

AP Access for ALL Enters Second Year of Providing Free, Online College-Level Classes While Celebrating First Year Results (opens in a new window)

TN Department of Education

September 23, 2022

AP Access for ALL is a grant program created by the Tennessee Department of Education and administered by the Niswonger Foundation. The program provides students across the state with access to 17 different virtual AP courses, eliminating financial barriers and supporting student enrollment in AP coursework not currently offered at their home high school. More than 1,800 students signed up for classes this fall, an increase of more than 600 students from the 2021-22 school year.

Inside the Adolescent Mental Health Crisis (opens in a new window)

NY Times

September 08, 2022

Young people in the United States are facing a new set of risks. Why has the situation caught so many people off guard? In decades past, the public health risks teenagers in the United States faced were different. They were externalized risks that were happening in the physical world. Now, a new set of risks has emerged.

D.C. Schools Roll Out Program to Improve Student Reading Levels (opens in a new window)

Washington Post

September 08, 2022

D.C. Public Schools kicked off a new school year last week, and with it a reading curriculum resource designed to improve literacy among the city’s youngest readers.

The program called DCPS Readers Next Door includes a collection of 120 books largely written and illustrated by educators in the District, and is an expansion of a years-long effort to align literacy instruction with what experts say are the best practices for teaching children how to read.

Industry-Recognized Credentials Are Helpful But Not Transformative For High School Students (opens in a new window)

Fordham Institute

August 29, 2022

A recent study found that high school Industry-Recognized Credentials (IRCs) are a net positive for students who earn them but are not game changers, which raises a lingering question: How else can we transform the high school experience for students so as to significantly boost their wages and career prospects once they are in the workforce? Researchers share their ideas for change. 

The Journalism Year (opens in a new window)


August 29, 2022

A required course in high school journalism would give kids the tools to tell the stories of their communities and make them active contributors to civic life, not just readers and writers.