Resurrecting a struggling high school is more about changing culture than curriculum, according to Charles Payne, a University of Chicago professor and affiliate of the university’s Urban Education Institute.
With the advent of the 2011/2012 school year, teachers who have access to mobile technology are scrambling to find the best education apps for the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone. Educators use apps for everything from communicating with students to inspiring creativity to dissecting virtual frogs. Luckily, we have lots of educators (including Apple Distinguished Educators) on Appolicious who share their lists of the best education apps for elementary, middle school, junior high, and high school.
The nation has moved to establish rigorous academic performance standards, such as those required by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). However, some evidence shows that levels of school engagement are declining, and that these engagement levels are particularly low among boys. Just one-half of girls and only 25 percent of boys aged 14-15 were engaged in school in 1999. By 2002, these levels fell further: only 39 percent of girls and 20 percent of boys were reported by their parents to be engaged in school.
Out-of-school time programs can play a role in increasing school engagement.