Tag: Autism

Talking to kids about virus? Experts say be calm and honest. See more national education news here

| March 17, 2020
Talking to kids about virus? Experts say be calm and honest. See more national education news here

It was a routine game of schoolyard tag — except the children had dubbed this version “coronavirus.” The kids ran around and tagged one another, but instead of being “it,” they “caught” the virus.

Children like the ones a reporter saw playing recently at a school in Washington, D.C., are becoming more aware of the coronavirus — though they may not fully understand it or know how seriously to take it — as it begins to affect their daily lives with school closures and event cancellations, restrictions on travel, and the NBA nixing the rest of its season.

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School districts grapple with coronavirus quarantines, face masks and fear. See more national education news here

| February 25, 2020
School districts grapple with coronavirus quarantines, face masks and fear. See more national education news here

In one school district, families are pulling their kids out of school. In others, students show up in face masks.

Educators in another Southern California community agreed to suspend an exchange program to keep visiting Chinese students out of quarantine.

School districts across the U.S., particularly those with large Asian American populations, have scrambled to respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 1,500 people and sickened tens of thousands more, almost all in China.

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Teaching students to be civic-minded, and civil about it. See more national education news here

| January 7, 2020
Teaching students to be civic-minded, and civil about it. See more national education news here

There was a time in this country when you had to be a white, male landowner to vote. While that’s changed, many people who could use American democracy’s fundamental tool still don’t.

More women voted in the 2018 midterm elections than men, but voter turnout for whites was much higher than all other ethnic groups — although the percentage of increase for those of Asian and Hispanic origin is growing more rapidly. The same goes for young people.

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Teachers in California, Michigan Spend the Most to Stock Their Classrooms. See more national education news here

| September 3, 2019
Teachers in California, Michigan Spend the Most to Stock Their Classrooms. See more national education news here

WITH BACK-TO-SCHOOL season in full swing, a new report suggests teachers will be shelling out hundreds of dollars on classroom supplies that they will need during the academic year.

The average K-12 public school teacher spends $459 each year on school supplies for which they are not reimbursed, according to a state-level analysis of National Center for Education Statistics survey data conducted by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute.

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Girls report more harassment amid rise in US cyberbullying. See more national education news here

| July 30, 2019
Girls report more harassment amid rise in US cyberbullying. See more national education news here

Rachel Whalen remembers feeling gutted in high school when a former friend would mock her online postings, threaten to unfollow or unfriend her on social media and post inside jokes about her to others online.

The cyberbullying was so distressing that Whalen said she contemplated suicide. Once she got help, she decided to limit her time on social media. It helps to take a break from it for perspective, said Whalen, now a 19-year-old college student in Utah.

There’s a rise in cyberbullying nationwide, with three times as many girls reporting being harassed online or by text message than boys, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

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NAU researcher discovers key to fighting autism may lie not in the mind, but in the gut

| February 1, 2017
NAU researcher discovers key to fighting autism may lie not in the mind, but in the gut

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies one in 68 children as having autism spectrum disorder—a number that continues to increase. Though much is known about autism, effective treatments have remained a mystery. That is, until a team, led in part by Northern Arizona University’s Greg Caporaso, showed promising research that could lead to a new treatment option.

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(Sedona) School focuses on autistic kids

| June 22, 2016
(Sedona) School focuses on autistic kids

Learning that your child has autism can be a rude awakening.

Beyond the effects of the condition itself, the unfortunate fact is that autistic children are often stigmatized. In extreme cases, they are labeled “low functioning,” reflecting the widespread belief that they cannot enjoy any level of independence.

Former Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District special education consultant Emily Holly has seen the deleterious effects of assumptions about autistic students. …

As a result of her experiences, earlier this year Holly chose to go it alone with her own school, going so far as to rent out St. Joseph’s Catholic School’s former property — in one fell swoop founding the Cupertino Power Learning Academy.

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