Extracurricular Activities

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School Climate & Safety How Supportive Are Schools of LGBTQ Kids? CDC Data Offer a Glimpse
With LGBTQ students at the center of political tensions, more than 4 in 10 secondary schools have a group to support those students.
Evie Blad, August 30, 2022
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Student Well-Being In Model UN, Students Study Russia's Invasion of Ukraine—and Reckon With the Cost of War
Teacher advisers say that in recent weeks, Model UN groups have provided a space to talk about the ongoing crisis.
Sarah Schwartz, March 11, 2022
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Harvard University freshman Daniela Andrade on campus October 12, 2021 in Cambridge, Mass.
Harvard University freshman Daniela Andrade takes a break between classes earlier this fall at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
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College & Workforce Readiness 2021 Grad Builds Peer Support for College Planning
College-going clubs can support first-generation students, says Daniela Andrade, whose own high school club helped her get to Harvard.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 18, 2021
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Student Well-Being Why High School SEL Programs Feel 'Lame'—and How to Fix Them
Here's how to devise high school SEL lessons that don't feel preachy and align with adolescents' cognitive and psychological development.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 12, 2021
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Herriman cheerleaders carry the American flag before the start of a high school football game against Davis, on Aug. 13, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. Utah went forward with high school football this fall despite concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that led other states and many college football conferences to postpone games in hopes of instead playing in the spring.
Cheerleaders carry the American flag before the start of a high school football game last year in Herriman, Utah. Utah's Test-to-Play program required students and staff participating in extracurricular activities like cheerleading to regularly undergo testing for COVID-19.
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says Strict COVID-19 Testing Can Keep Extracurriculars Going, CDC Finds
New research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds Utah's coronavirus testing prevented outbreaks following sports events.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 21, 2021
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Science Opinion Working With the Likes of Lego, Disney, and Lucasfilm to Engage Students in STEM
Rick Hess speaks with FIRST's Erica Newton Fessia about inspiring young people's interest in STEM using team-based robotics programs.
Rick Hess, March 18, 2021
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Black kids ride a hot air balloon while looking through telescopes and examining Black history
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Social Studies Opinion A Recipe for Young Historians of Black History
There are five simple ingredients to create a Black history club that will engage elementary-age students in research and celebration, writes kindergarten teacher Dawnavyn James.
Dawnavyn James, February 24, 2021
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Wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, students from New Albany (Ind.) High School perform the musical “Bright Star” earlier this year.
Wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, students from New Albany (Ind.) High School perform the musical “Bright Star” earlier this year.
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Curriculum Theater Educators Struggle to Keep Shows Going Amid COVID-19
Convinced that the show must go on, high school theater troupes are turning to livestreamed shows, outdoor performances, and radio plays.
Corey Mitchell, November 24, 2020
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Teacher Jane Cooper uses a 2-meter (just over 6 feet) ruler and pipe to check seat spacings in her classroom at Lostock Hall Primary School in Poynton, England.
Teacher Jane Cooper uses a 2-meter (just over 6 feet) ruler and pipe to check seat spacings in her classroom at Lostock Hall Primary School in Poynton, England.
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Student Well-Being The New Routines for Students When Schools Reopen
Ideas for how to overhaul the routines of the traditional school day for students, from ditching lockers to providing meals in classrooms.
Madeline Will, June 10, 2020
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Christine Pappis, a senior at Newark Memorial High School in Newark, Calif., snapped this screenshot during a 5-hour video call during last Saturday night. Pappis said she uses FaceTime to keep in touch with her friends, since they are not only in school closures, but community lockdown; some of her friends tried to hang out and “ended up with a $400 fine.” The students, in order from top to bottom: Natalie Salcedo, Pifolau Denson, Samantha Gutiérrez, Sabrina Liaw, Christian Bowker (bottom left) and Pappis, bottom right.
Christine Pappis, a senior at Newark Memorial High School in Newark, Calif., snapped this screenshot during a 5-hour video call during last Saturday night. Pappis said she uses FaceTime to keep in touch with her friends, since they are not only in school closures, but community lockdown; some of her friends tried to hang out and “ended up with a $400 fine.” The students, in order from top to bottom: Natalie Salcedo, Pifolau Denson, Samantha Gutiérrez, Sabrina Liaw, Christian Bowker (bottom left) and Pappis, bottom right.
Student Well-Being The Lost Senior Year: Credits, Proms, Sports All in Jeopardy
The coronavirus closures are shaping a disruptive end to a tumultuous academic career for the Class of 2020.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 30, 2020
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Niklas Krantz, a coordinator with the Huron River Watershed Council, laughs with students during the council’s annual “Insect Identification Day” in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Niklas Krantz, a coordinator with the Huron River Watershed Council, laughs with students during the council’s annual “Insect Identification Day” in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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Science Photos Students Become ‘Citizen Scientists’ to Conduct Research on Bugs
Citizen science is a method of involving students and community members in scientific research and exploration.
Education Week Photo Staff, July 9, 2019
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Jemma Walker, a rising 7th grader, pitches her lemonade to customers entering a Krogers grocery on Lemonade Day last month in southern Indianapolis.
Jemma Walker, a rising 7th grader, pitches her lemonade to customers entering a Krogers grocery on Lemonade Day last month in southern Indianapolis.
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Student Well-Being How the Humble Lemonade Stand Is Becoming a Pipeline for Young Entrepreneurs
A nonprofit organization, working with clubs and after-school groups, is remaking an old-fashioned childhood pastime to nurture the nation’s next generation of entrepreneurs.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 24, 2018
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Student Well-Being Opinion Politics Belong in the High School Debate Club
Many teachers are afraid to address politically charged topics; high school debate teams shouldn't be, writes Stefan Bauschard.
Stefan Bauschard, January 6, 2017
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Marine biologist Jennifer Vreeland discusses phytoplankton during a teen science cafe last month at the Selby Public Library in Sarasota, Fla. About 40 students attended the informal gathering.
Marine biologist Jennifer Vreeland discusses phytoplankton during a teen science cafe last month at the Selby Public Library in Sarasota, Fla. About 40 students attended the informal gathering.
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Student Well-Being Students Engage With Scientists at 'Teen Science Cafes'
A growing number of 'teen science cafes' across the country offer a way for students to ask questions of real scientists in an out-of-school setting.
Marva Hinton, December 13, 2016
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