Student feedback helped Buddy Berry, superintendent of a rural school district in Kentucky, kick-start a turnaround effort. Now schools offer students more technology and personalized learning, efforts that have yielded academic improvements and boosted enrollment.
The reasons students should learn to code are the same reasons they should learn to write, asserts Mitch Resnick, one of the creators of the programming language Scratch. In this Q&A, Resnick shares his approach for teaching coding and how he envisions teachers participating.
While 33% of college students overall who began pursuing a bachelor's degree in 2011-12 changed majors, 52% of students who originally studied math ended up majoring in something else, according to data from the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics. Experts say that given the high employer demand for students with math degrees, institutions must do more to encourage students to stay in their major.
It can be difficult for younger students to focus on schoolwork in the weeks leading up to the winter holiday break. Educators share strategies and activities they use to keep students' attention, including learning fractions by baking cookies.
Making it easier for National Board Certified teachers to transfer their licenses from state to state could help to curb teaching shortages, asserts Peggy Brookins, the president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and a National Board Certified teacher. Data show that 33 states count National Board Certification toward license renewal, and 36 states allow out-of-state NBCTs to opt out of licensing tests.
Helping students relate what they learn in class to what's going on in the world can give school more meaning. This blog post includes activities, strategies and tips for helping students make connections with lessons in classes such as history and literature by connecting the world to the curriculum or the curriculum to the world.
London Business School tops the Financial Times' list of best European business schools for the fourth year. The rankings are based on the publication's ranking of schools' performance in five areas.
High-schoolers in Alaska recently learned about potential careers in the nursing field through the University of Alaska Anchorage's RRANN: Recruiting and Retaining Alaska Natives into Nursing program. The camp was led by the university's nursing students.
Principal Gene Russell became a sixth-grader for one day at his Nebraska middle school to gain an insight into what students experience. From the experience, Russell said he discovered that students may need more time for snacks and exercise, but noted they had many caring adults working with them throughout the day.
South Carolina elementary-school principal Tim Carnahan credited teachers, staff and the community for their contributions to the school environment. Carnahan, who was named as the state's Elementary Principal of the Year, has led the school since it opened in 2008.
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