New York eighth-grade science teacher Corey Raner built an augmented-reality sandbox as a hands-on tool for teaching about topography. By shifting the sand, Raner and his students can simulate the creation of valleys or rainfall.
Students at a California middle school have designed and created three escape rooms as part of a fundraiser for their school. They participated in commercial escape rooms for research, filmed videos explaining the rules of the escape room and developed puzzles to solve for each scenario.
Mississippi high-school principal Sheila Kribbs says she values collaboration and treats her faculty and staff as professionals without micromanaging them. Kribbs, whose school has earned top state rankings for nearly a decade, says she also gets to know her students and teaches them they can succeed.
Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson is proposing a framework that would allow schools to hire more teachers who haven't yet qualified for a state teaching license. In a presentation to the state's board of education, Watson said he'll work to change policies to curb a growing teacher shortage.
A Georgia school district has proposed teaching several high-school courses -- including algebra and Spanish -- to its eighth-graders to help high schools achieve fewer class periods. Middle-school teachers, however, would need to obtain high-school certification, the cost of which would be only partially reimbursable by the school system.
The English department at Fordham University is giving its finishing Ph.D. students an extra $4,500 to help them find a job after graduation. John Bugg, graduate studies director, says the one-time payment is meant to help students afford to travel for interviews and cover other expenses while job hunting.
Members of the Senate education committee Wednesday questioned US Education Department nominees, Mick Zais and Jim Blew, about their support for vouchers and charter schools. Both expressed support for school-choice options among states.
The California State Board of Education has approved new K-8 social studies guidelines that contain more emphasis on teaching about diverse populations, including racial and ethnic groups and people with disabilities. The plan also focuses on teaching students civic engagement and involvement with local communities.
Florida elementary-school principal Sandra Edwards is credited with improving her school's state grade by hiring math and reading tutors to help students boost their test scores. Edwards won the county's principal of the year award for 2017-18 for her efforts.
Elementary-school technology teacher Bethany Nill says she uses games to help kindergartners learn numbers and letters on computer keyboards to expand their computing proficiency. In this commentary, she outlines how she uses the tools to engage students in the lessons.
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