A few months ago, middle-school teacher Finn Lanning and 13-year-old student Damien knew each other only as teacher and student. This relationship was all normal, up until Damien approached his teacher one day and said that he wouldn’t be coming back to school.
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Chris Gruhlke is a published author with a broad writing background covering a variety of topics, including politics, education, public safety, and technology. In 2018, he joined Edmentum as a Bid Operations Writer, where he helps to bring Edmentum’s transformational solutions to school districts across the United States.
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Every school in America is filled with students facing unique challenges. For Ryan King, a fourth grader in Louisville, that challenge is spina bifida, a rare spinal condition that keeps her bound to a wheelchair for mobility. And like any other 10-year-old, she hates to miss out on an adventure. When her school arranged a hiking field trip at a state park to look at fossil beds, she was very upset. But teacher Jim Freeman wasn’t about to let her be left out and made her an extraordinary offer.
One of the most difficult things for capable, experienced professionals to do is ask for help. It’s uncomfortable, embarrassing, and often feels like an admission of failure. But it isn’t; it’s an important skill, and mastering it is critical for students and teachers alike. Heidi Grant, a social psychologist who writes and speaks on the science of motivation, can offer us some pointers.
According to the World Bank, girls’ education is one of the most important investments a country can make. It helps positively impact nine Sustainable Development Goals, like health, nutrition, employment, and even the environment. Safeena Husain, founder and Executive Director of Educate Girls, agrees.
Recently, Tennessee third grader Daniel Hunt lost all of his favorite things in a house fire. Knowing that this was something that none of them would want to go through alone, Daniel’s classmates at Philadelphia Elementary School stepped in to help.
As Bus 90-36 was about to be decommissioned after 25 years of service, Anthony Gary, the district’s Transportation Shop Foreman, proposed a new idea: a dropout recovery program that uses old busses like 90-36 to teach students new skills.