An Indiana middle school has begun offering intervention during a special advisory period four days a week. Using the response-to-intervention model, teachers assess students every two weeks and work individually or in small groups with those in the bottom 10% of the class who are not receiving special-education services.
South Carolina school district Superintendent Rex Ward says his goal is to know the names of students and staff and continue his practice of building relationships that he began as a principal. Interim Superintendent Sharon Wall praised Ward as a team player who "involves people" and asks for help when he needs it.
There are five things that administrators can do to create an environment in which teacher leadership can thrive, writes Barnett Berry, founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality. In this blog post, he details the recommendations, including the creation of multiple paths for teacher leadership, so that any teacher can become a leader.
The annual turnover rate for preschool teachers in Wisconsin is 35% and experts cite such factors as low pay and a lack of opportunities for professional development. Experts, speaking during a recent panel at the University of Wisconsin, recommended more scholarships for teachers and providing vouchers and tax credits to ease their financial burden.
Education-technology companies can improve the success of their products in schools by involving teachers in their research and investing in professional development for school leaders, writes Susan Fuhrman, president of Teachers College at Columbia University. In this commentary, she outlines other steps for edtech companies to ensure the adoption and success of technology in the classroom.
Schools' use of internet of things technology is projected to climb to 35.2 million units by 2018, according to analysts at the Gartner Group. Some schools, such as those in Cheshire, Conn., already use connected devices to make buildings more energy efficient.
Video can help students assess and document their learning, instructional coach Lisa Westman writes in this blog post. She makes a case for video-supported learning in the classroom and offers a framework for getting started.
Colo. fourth-grade teacher Cynthia Rimmer says that building relationships with students is essential for doing her job. In this Q&A, she shares insights into how she connects with students and strategies she uses to manage her classroom.
Disagreements are inevitable, but how we approach those conflicts is what matters, writes Joel Garfinkle. He offers seven tips to avoid arguments, including making an effort to find points of agreement, asking questions, and keeping a positive facial expression and tone of voice.
Art teacher Walt Mahoski has built a comic book library at his New York middle school to entice students to read for pleasure. The school collection holds 6,000 comic books, graphic novels and other books, and he sometimes incorporates comic themes into class art projects.
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