Most students at schools in England feel they are struggling to cope mentally – and that they cannot turn to teachers for help, research suggests. In a survey of 500 pupils, 80% of 12 to 16 year olds claimed they had mental health problems, and yet only 5% felt they could talk to a teacher about feelings of anxiety, depression or an inability to cope 1. In response, all schools...
Date: May 23rd 2017
Boston school authorities have launched two public hackathons to help them solve the puzzle of scheduling the city’s school bus routes and class-times. With 56,000 students at 125 schools, the permutations are enormous. Add the fact that transportation costs now eat up 11% of Boston’s annual school budget, and that bus services for the different school start times have become unbalanced, and it’...
Date: May 16th 2017
The UK school system is testing out a rather controversial approach to reducing disruptive behavior and violence in schools: body cameras 1 . Although 37 percent of teachers said they would agree to wear a body camera and one in ten believe that the usage of body cameras will eventually be a widespread practice, those opposed to the high-tech solution are speaking up as well. Many educators say...
Date: May 9th 2017
The promise of a professional challenge, the rich blend of cultures and the excitement of an entirely new experience often attract educators to flock to international schools around the globe. But what does it take to actually lead one of these institutions? Smart Leaders 1 interviewed experienced international school principals who successfully made the transition and produced a white paper...
Date: Apr 3rd 2017
Heavy academic workloads paired with students’ overreliance on smart phones and other connected devices resulted in a failing grade for Hong Kong students in the "Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth". Produced by researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the global report compares the physical activity levels of children from 37 countries and regions around the...
Date: Mar 17th 2017
As the number of children ingesting hand sanitizer climbs, investigators are looking into possible reasons why. Among younger children, who account for 91 percent of incidents, researchers site the appealing scent of hand sanitizers as a source of confusion. However, among older children, signs point to deliberate ingestion as children seek out hand sanitizers for the high alcohol content....
Date: Mar 17th 2017
The programs were all developed by high schoolers around the world and were awarded by the United Arab Emirates Government with the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize. Since 2012, the UAE has worked with 24 schools around the world to reduce 1,000 tons of carbon emissions.
Date: Mar 10th 2017
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