Researchers from the University of South Florida have developed a curriculum to support high-performing students. Sixteen high schools will pilot the Advancing Coping and Engagement curriculum in ninth-grade International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement classes.
About 77% of the estimated 3.8 million teachers in the US are female, according to results of the National Teacher and Principal Survey administered by the US Department of Education. While about 80% of teachers are white, data show the teaching force is becoming slightly more diverse, with 9% identified as Hispanic, about 7% African-American and 2% Asian.
Teachers across all subjects in two Georgia middle schools created reading groups for daily extended-learning-time periods. Students were grouped based on ability and the effort includes every adult in the school, said school leaders who presented about the program at a conference in Florida.
Some students who do not enroll in prekindergarten programs attend "crash courses" during the summer before kindergarten. One such program in Indiana offers 4- to 5-year-olds 20 half-day sessions during which they learn skills, such as counting to 100 and reciting the alphabet.
Young readers at some libraries are encouraged to extend reading with maker projects. At a Pennsylvania library, maker program coordinator Nora Peters has compiled 15 such book-based maker projects for readers, which she prints and attaches to the books.
School-technology leaders may be in a good position to model in-demand skills, such as innovation, creativity, collaboration and communication. Leo Brehm, a learning evolution officer, shares how his team modeled a "startup mindset" during a three-year technology rollout.
Melissa Badeker, a former teacher in Baltimore, three years ago opened the Teacher Supply Swap -- a warehouse where teachers can donate and access free classroom supplies. She estimates that since she opened the swap, educators have received more than $100,000 in supplies.
Some California elementary- and middle-school educators recently participated in a four-day program to learn how to integrate arts -- and the ukulele -- into the core curriculum. The teachers learned how to play the ukulele and were encouraged to play the instrument during academic lessons.
Thirteen students from Iraq recently sharpened their peace-building and reconciliation skills as participants in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program in Montana. Workshops were held to teach the students about topics such as compassion and service, and students worked on projects to promote peace and reconciliation.
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