A growing number of educators are using blended learning in their classrooms. Several teachers share their approach to using the model. Most importantly, some say, teachers do not have to wait for the perfect set of digital tools; blended learning can begin today.
Some schools in Rhode Island are considering starting the school day later to allow students more time to sleep. Officials at one school that has made the change said more students ate hot breakfasts and fewer students were tardy for class.
Some teachers colleges report challenges integrating technology education into teacher-training programs. Challenges include the pace at which technology changes, state-mandated requirements and the way schools recruit and hire new teachers.
English and social studies teachers have worked to build a reading culture at educator Jessica Keigan's school. Keigan writes in this blog post about the principles found in a book by Kelly Gallagher, implementing choice reading time, teachers' collaborative planning and helping students choose books.
Experts at the New Jersey Institute of Technology are developing Ultimate Course Search -- a Google-like technology that helps users search course-generated multimedia. Officials say the technology is helping to improve the learning experience and to reduce course dropouts.
There is a direct connection between student fitness, health and math ability, according to a study published in the online journal PLOS ONE. The report recommends students get an hour of physical activity daily during the school day.
Teachers with low job-performance ratings were more likely to teach in low-performing schools in New York City, according to a report from advocacy group Families for Excellent Schools. National data reveal that new teachers also are more likely to be placed in low-performing schools.
A North Carolina school system and seven manufacturers have agreed to create a four-year apprenticeship program that combines classroom education with work-based experience. High-school juniors will be eligible for the "career accelerator" program, which will pay them to work at a participating companies while they earn an associate degree.
Asking why and listening deeply to answers can help school leaders uncover the real concerns of their teachers and staff, write K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers. "With each experience of where deep and careful listening happens followed by sincere questions, the problem that comes into our view is something more true," they assert in this blog post.
Two Missouri congressmen are pushing legislation that would grant permanent tax-exempt status to wages earned by students attending any of the nation's seven work-colleges. "As we continue to discuss college affordability and controlling student debt, we should look to these schools as part of the solution," Rep. Rodney Davis said.
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