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Nearly 80% of high school students struggle to verify the credibility of a source, a 2016 study found. Hill Street Studios/DigitalVision Collection via Getty Images

Librarians help students navigate an age of misinformation – but schools are cutting their numbers

The number of school librarians in the US has dropped about 20% over the past decade, a recent study found. Here are four ways school librarians prepare students for today’s world.
Economic hardships, lack of transportation and family crises can keep kids out of school. Fertnig/E+ Collection via Getty Images

Why student absences aren’t the real problem in America’s ‘attendance crisis’

The problem with chronic absenteeism isn’t so much that kids are missing instruction time; it’s that unexcused absences may indicate crises at home, new research suggests.
Immigrant students worry that minor school infractions could lead to deportation. Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Deportation threats for some students come from within schools

Researchers say educators told them that immigrant students are sometimes made to believe they will be deported. Why? One reason is educators didn’t want them to drag down their school’s test scores.
Some preschoolers are encouraged to bring in their favorite toy or stuffed animal, while others risk having it confiscated. Layland Masuda/Moment Collection via Getty Images

Rich kids and poor kids face different rules when it comes to bringing personal items to school

When students are allowed to bring personal items for show and tell, it can build their senses of self-worth, belonging and control. But poor kids often don’t get that opportunity.
Teachers have faced high levels of stress and burnout throughout the pandemic. Kali9/E+ Collection via Getty Images

Pandemic prompts more teachers to consider early retirement or new career

Health concerns, being older than 55 and having to switch to online or hybrid lessons were all factors that made some teachers want to quit or retire.
Today’s science standards encourage teachers to base lessons on real-world phenomena rather than textbook facts and definitions. FatCamera/E+ Collection via Getty Images

5 characteristics of an effective science teacher – from a researcher who trains them

Effective science teachers use everyday natural events to get students to explore their world. Here’s how they do it, according to an expert who prepares elementary school science teachers.
Microschools gained in appeal to some parents during the pandemic. Complexio/E+ via Getty Images

What are microschools? 5 questions answered

Microschools might be an attractive alternative to regular public schools that are wrestling with the pandemic, but they are mostly out of reach for low-income students, a researcher says.
A survey of U.S. history teachers found they teach about 9/11 primarily on the date of the anniversary. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

What schools teach about 9/11 and the war on terror

The 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is an opportunity for teachers to focus less on recreating the day and more on what students can learn from it, two curriculum experts argue.
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Remote learning is even harder when English isn’t students’ first language. Schools told us their priorities for supporting them

When students shift to learning from home, they lose many of the in-school support structures and resources. While the priority is students’ well-being, schools have developed new teaching strategies.

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