Taking a pledge for civility is among the ideas offered in this blog post from educators, journalists and others on helping students learn how to have a civil discourse on controversial issues. Other ideas include establishing rules for respect during in-class and online student discussions.
A restorative-discipline program is credited for reducing in-school suspensions by 64% and out-of-school suspensions by 70% last year during a pilot at four middle schools and two elementary schools in the Dallas Independent School District. Restorative discipline is being used in 21 schools this year.
Technology can enhance the newsletters some teachers use to connect parents and guardians to classroom activities, Monica Burns, edtech and curriculum consultant, suggests in this blog post. She shares tips and several resources for planning newsletters, such as online tools for creating class websites, and ways to use technology for distribution.
Middle-school educator Bethany Lambeth's use of under-the-desk bike pedals as a classroom-management tool has made international news. The pedals, paid for by a local grant, allows fidgety students in her math-intervention classes to work out excess energy and has improved their focus, grades and behavior, she said.
The US Department of Education is directing school districts to consult with leaders of Native American tribes when applying for grants under Title I, affecting at-risk students, and Title III, affecting English-language learners, as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Previous policies had not required schools to consult with tribal leaders.
Youths with untreated high blood pressure had normal scores in tests of verbal skills, memory and processing speed, although they performed worse compared with those with normal blood pressure, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. The findings were based on data involving 150 children ages 10 to 18.
Pennsylvania educators are helping middle-schoolers improve their grades by offering weekly tutoring sessions before school. The Academic Assistance Opportunity program is voluntary for teachers and students, but students who regularly participate have seen a 5% to 10% improvement in their grades, educators said.
A South Carolina middle school recently invited the public to visit its science, technology, engineering and math lab that will support students' science classes. Students will go to lab three times a week for hands-on lessons and to use computers while exploring STEM career fields.
California elementary-school principal Marcia Reed says she has used the theme of peace in instruction and restorative-justice techniques in discipline to create a school culture that fosters cooperative learning. Reed has been named a 2016 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Getting results from networking events requires a focus on creating partnerships with other professionals instead of attending every event, writes Derek Coburn. This can be accomplished on a smaller scale by hosting small events and asking attendees to bring a guest.
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