With a flood of new classroom technology entering the market each year, it can be difficult for school administrators to know which are best for their teachers and students. In this commentary, EdSurge founder and CEO Betsy Corcoran, outlines some resources administrators can use to sort through the confusion.
Professionals who wish to advance their careers should dedicate time to networking and meeting people outside of their current field, advises personal finance expert Jeanie Ahn. They also should seek online and in-person continuing-education classes to learn new skills employers want, she advises.
Florida elementary-school principal Kristina Stratton, one of three finalists for a state leadership award, is being lauded for her work in turning around the formerly failing school. Stratton says her success hinged on a commitment by teachers to raise academic expectations and share a vision of success.
Some Wisconsin schools are seeking alternative ways to fill vacant teaching positions, including blended positions that pair an educator with a private-sector expert to oversee classes. Schools have seen teacher shortages in areas such as math, special education and library media, officials say.
Math teachers in Pasco County, Fla., are using the Twitter hashtag #PascoMath to share photos, questions and videos about their lessons. The hashtag was introduced by Brian Dean, who oversees mathematics for grades six to 12 in the district, to help streamline teacher collaboration.
Middle-school teacher Jennifer Hesseltine in this blog post describes how incorporating animation into history projects excited her students and increased their engagement with more complex research and analytical tasks. Hesseltine, a TED-Ed Innovative Educator, shares details of her students' first animation project and ideas for integrating animation into lessons.
An Illinois middle school has developed a science, technology, engineering and math class for students in fifth through eighth grades. Students will participate in hands-on, collaborative projects, such as building and programming simple machines, and receive iPads to use for coding projects.
The new school year for fifth-grade math and science teacher Ashley McDowell means 90 math and science students all learning in unique ways. In this blog post, she shares two technology tools she uses to support one-on-one instruction with all students.
A Nebraska middle school is piloting a space exploration class that has students working on themed engineering projects, such as designing and constructing rockets to launch every Friday. The class's teacher, Jon Amundsen, attended training paid for by a NASA Nebraska space grant awarded to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
School leaders and teachers must support and encourage one another to make effective systemwide changes in how they approach teaching, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers suggest in this blog post. Leaders must allow their teacher leaders the latitude to speak up and implement agreed-upon changes, they advise.
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