More than 2,000 parents in 49 states have signed a Texas mother's social media pledge, "Wait Until 8th," that encourages parents to wait until eighth grade before giving their children a smartphone. The choice depends on each family's needs, but the pledge could help some parents distinguish when smartphones are age-appropriate, child development expert Deborah Gilboa said.
California fourth-grade teacher Leighann Milazzo spent the first days of class getting to know her students by having them share details of their lives in small group discussions. The school district trained its teachers over the summer on techniques to build better relationships with students.
Georgia middle-school principal Darrell Stephens says his goal in his new job is to empower teachers and allow them to make mistakes as they find better ways to teach students. Stephens, a veteran and former superintendent, has won praise for his leadership, including being named the state's distinguished principal in 2015.
Students are 3.4 times more likely to succeed in classes where technologies that support group learning and collaboration are used, according to a study from SMART Technologies. Such interactive technologies, the researchers found, can contribute to improved social and emotional development and student confidence.
One Missouri school district has begun a Grow Your Own Teachers Program that provides mentoring, financial support and job placement for students interested in becoming educators. Nineteen students are participating in the program.
The Mississippi State Board of Education Thursday approved a new school-grading plan that will use current scoring methods and one that removes inflated expected test-score growth to more fairly judge schools during the 2016-17 year. All schools will be graded on a new, adjusted table in 2017-18, officials said.
An Illinois school district is implementing another stage of its one-to-one laptop program by issuing Chromebooks to all fifth-graders to keep through eighth grade. Students are expected to use the devices for work at home and at school, and the laptops are part of the district's shift to personalized learning.
Education officials in Vermont say they will comply with a request from the US Department of Education to provide more information about how the state will measure student progress. The state wants to track progress over the years, instead of using only test data from single grades, state Education Deputy Secretary Amy Fowler says.
If you want to become a better networker, you have to develop your ability to engage in small talk, writes Peter Gasca. Practice by working on encouraging others to talk about themselves instead of getting on your phone when you're in public without anything else to do, Gasca writes.
The Missouri State Board of Education has given final approval to its school accountability plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act that aims to have 82% of students proficient in English and 74% proficient in math by 2026. The plan now goes to Gov. Eric Greitens for his signature before being submitted to the US Education Department.
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