A Connecticut middle school's redesign includes moving to a block schedule, organizing students into houses, and adding a Friday enrichment and intervention program. Teacher Shannon Mariconda said the house configuration has led to more positive relationships between students and teachers.
Students at a South Carolina middle school are learning about math, science and algorithms by solving puzzles related to a Rubik's Cube. Teacher Betsy Portune said solving the 3D puzzle helps students develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork.
A project-based learning unit at an Ohio school taught students entrepreneurship skills by having them design, market and sell items they created. Students had to analyze the cost of producing their product, create posters and short commercials, and then sell their wares to students and parents at the school's Market Day.
South Carolina elementary-school principal Garry Flowers says his greatest accomplishment in his 18 years leading the school has been creating a more positive atmosphere. Flowers, who is retiring this year, says tensions were high when he arrived but now, he says, "I get more hugs in a day than most people do in a week."
Professionals should write a clear vision statement for their career that includes their passions and goals, writes executive coach Michael Pollock. In this commentary, Pollock gives some guidelines for creating a vision statement but adds that each will be unique depending on a professional's skills and desires.
A report by the Institute of Education Sciences related to students' at-home access to digital resources was due to Congress in June 2017 under the Every Student Succeeds Act. In a letter to the IES, several education-technology and advocacy groups are requesting the report be delivered.
A minimalist approach to work can improve productivity by sharpening your focus on the task at hand, writes Laura Small. A less-is-more strategy also means clearing physical and virtual workspaces of unnecessary stuff and mentally appreciating what you have, she writes.
Proposed changes by the Colorado Department of Education would cut down on paperwork for prospective teachers, provide more flexibility for out-of-state educators and introduce a new credential for middle-school math instructors. State leaders hope the changes will help them recruit more educators.
The nonprofit EducationSuperHighway is tracking the Federal Communications Commission's delays and denials related to E-Rate funding. The organization finds that E-Rate requests are seven times more likely to be denied than one year ago and says some of the denials are unjust.
Utah elementary-school principal Colleen Shaffer says she works to create a positive atmosphere where students feel cared for and their successes are celebrated. Shaffer, who this year received the district's Distinguished Principal Award, says the most rewarding part of her job is seeing students be kind to one another.
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