A Texas middle school is giving its fifth- and sixth-graders more choices in their learning to build their independence. Classrooms are configured to encourage student movement, and students are offered time during the school day to complete personalized lessons.
Online incidents of racism and bullying among students have ethical implications for educators and school leaders, writes digital literacy expert and author Devorah Heitner. In this blog post, she discusses the need for adults to weigh their own role in this behavior and how to address the needs of victims and perpetrators.
A Minnesota school district has expanded the national college-readiness program, Advancement Via Individual Determination, into third through fifth grades. Teachers receive training through the program to incorporate college skills and goals into their regular curriculum, such as taking students on college tours and teaching note-taking and organizational skills.
New department chairpersons at colleges and universities receive little, if any, training for their job, and what they do learn may not be sufficient to help them retain faculty, according to a study. Researchers found 67% of these new leaders received no training and, while the majority said they would do the job again, few say they aspire to higher administrative roles.
To become strong leaders, teachers need to become involved in policy and political issues that concern the profession, plus find ways to support teacher-led professional development, Anthony Colucci, vice president of the Brevard Federation of Teachers, asserts in this commentary. In addition, teacher-leaders need to find mentors to help them grow their skills, he recommends.
One Kentucky school district is paying special-education substitute teachers and paraprofessionals an extra $20 a day to help stem a shortage. Officials say they face a "critical shortage" of special-education teachers and have been splitting up classes and enrolling teachers during their planning periods to cover the gaps.
The Idaho State Board of Education has endorsed the continuation beyond 2017 of a rule allowing students to graduate without passing the Idaho Standards Achievement Test. The rule must be approved by either the state House or Senate education committees to go into effect, officials said.
A Pennsylvania school district begins its foreign-language program in sixth grade where students take 12-week rotations of German, Spanish and French. Older students then select a language to study for the remainder of middle school in courses that combine learning the language with culture and global awareness.
Fifth-graders at a Tennessee school honed their math skills while building a small house. The project was part of the If I Had a Hammer curriculum, which focuses on teaching science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on projects.
Students in a Utah school district this month are writing about what they are thankful for and posting the messages on social media. The district's communications office launched this monthlong gratitude challenge.
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