Two Arizona middle school principals credit a response-to-intervention program implemented three years ago with improvements in student achievement. Every four and a half weeks, teachers analyze students' grades and have students needing extra help attend an intervention lab during time scheduled for electives until they catch up.
Missouri high-school principal Jeff Meisenheimer says he has worked to create a culture of "leadership service" to encourage administrators to mentor and support teachers so they can better help students. Meisenheimer, named Principal of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association, credits his staff and teachers for the school's success.
Using a "lessons learned" approach to recognizing and correcting errors is a common but flawed approach, writes Adriano Pianesi. Instead, meet before a project to forecast potential issues, or use recurring meetings during the project to address problems as they occur.
Fourth-graders at a Connecticut school spent four months hatching and raising salmon as part of their life cycle studies. Students released their fry into a local river and learned more about river creatures from a guide from the Connecticut River Salmon Association, which provided the fish eggs.
One South Dakota school district has started a "Grow Your Own" program, recruiting students to become teachers, in an effort to increase faculty diversity. The district is partnering with the University of South Dakota for the program.
There are three key ways in which teachers can prepare students for the future -- imagining jobs and technology that does not yet exist -- according to elementary-school principal L. Robert Furman. In a recent webinar, Furman suggested helping students build their digital skills, making lessons practical and not making textbooks the focus of classroom lessons.
Teachers can create a better learning environment for students with dyslexia by realizing it's a mechanical, not an intellectual, disability, writes California teacher Kyle Redford. She describes how Universal Design for Learning can help level the playing field for such students.
First-year teachers may be less likely to use technology than educators who have been teaching for 11 years or longer, according to a report from Project Tomorrow. The annual Speak Up survey collected data from 37,000 educators.
Middle-school teacher Jacquelyn O'Malley in this blog post describes how she implemented a self-organized learning environment for a project-based learning elective on 3D storytelling. As part of the structure, O'Malley writes that she leads each learning session with a driving question and provides students resources as a starting point for their research.
State legislatures this year have seen an uptick in bills concerning teachers' evaluations, school accountability systems and educational assessments -- related to plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act -- according to data from the National Conference of State Legislators. That includes in Maryland, where lawmakers voted to place limits on testing.
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