Eleven US educational institutions are working together to help teachers introduce STEM concepts to younger students as part of a six-month fellowship program. "If we're expecting them to do more science at the upper grades, they need a foundation for how science works," said David Randle, senior manager of professional development at the American Museum of Natural History, a program partner.
The technology trends that will reshape education include big data, augmented reality, Web 4.0, extreme bring-your-own-device programs and transmedia, Jason Ohler said at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. "We've absolutely entered the Matrix, ladies and gentlemen," Ohler said.
A recent report by The Learning Policy Institute highlights how four states are succeeding in early education. In the preschool systems of Michigan, North Carolina, Washington and West Virginia, class sizes are capped and most programs enroll students for a full day.
Charter schools have higher rates of suspension than public schools, data show. Education Secretary John King Jr. is urging charters to rethink their discipline policies -- particularly zero-tolerance measures that might alienate the students who need the most help.
The governor and lawmakers in Illinois are divided about whether to direct extra funds to the Chicago Public Schools system to fill its budget shortfall and keep it afloat. Governor Bruce Rauner says the school system has been "severely mismanaged" and opposes sending any additional funds, but other legislators and officials say the way the state funds education puts children in poor communities at a disadvantage.
Students are more likely to be stressed out if their teachers are stressed, according to a study published in Social Science & Medicine. The researchers assessed the phenomenon of stress contagion by following a group of fourth- through seventh-grade teachers and their students.
A new survey from Consumer Reports found that 62% of college students who have college debt did not receive any financial counseling before enrolling in classes. Among those who did receive such counseling, fewer than half said such issues as terms and conditions or repayment options were discussed.
Educators should recognize when it's time to move on -- by changing programs, grades or even schools -- before they burn out, writes Heather Wolpert-Gawron, a middle-school teacher and curriculum coordinator. In this blog post, she shares how she is navigating through her own transition.
Creating a self-reflection guide can help teachers set and reach goals in the next school year, New York teacher John DePasquale writes. In this blog post, DePasquale shares the guide that he adopted to help him connect with his emotions, self-evaluate and set goals for the coming school year.
A nonprofit group in Guelph, Ontario, is launching a multicultural family-literacy program to provide books in languages commonly spoken by the area's immigrants to help them read to their children in their native languages. A grant will help buy books printed in various languages, including Amharic, Hindi and Vietnamese.
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