Support for English-language learners in a New Jersey school district begins before kindergarten. School leaders expanded prekindergarten access, and the district provides certification for English as a second language to pre-K through 12th-grade teachers.
The internet of things has filtered into the K-12 landscape, says Steve Burt of technology-consulting firm Clarity Innovations. School uses include tracking students riding school buses, providing building access and supporting library services.
A proposed federal spending bill would provide $1.1 billion in funding for Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The funds could be used for many programs, including school safety and mental health resources.
Middle-grades students at a Michigan school held a simulated event about homelessness. Students staffed businesses and organizations, while parent participants navigated the environment, looking for jobs, food and housing.
"Looping" -- having the same teacher two years straight -- may help boost achievement, said researchers at the University of South Carolina and Montana State University. Data show the most significant gains among students of color.
ESSA funding streams, such as Title IV, Title I and Title II, can be used to support social and emotional learning, according to a report from the RAND Corporation. The report's authors offer additional recommendations for identifying funding opportunities for SEL.
Robert Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Schools in Florida, has issued new security measures in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Measures include clear backpacks and identification badges for students and staff.
Letting students generate curriculum contributes to a "fully authentic learning environment," writes National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein. In this blog post, Sackstein discusses the implications of such an approach and offers steps for designing student-developed curriculum.
High-school English teachers Susan Barber and Adrian Nester suggest seven grading hacks to help provide more effective and efficient feedback to students. In this blog post, they share the strategies, including dividing a large stack of papers to grade into more manageable piles and narrowing the focus of feedback.
A California school district offers a gardening skills training program for older students with special needs who learn to grow fruits and vegetables for a local restaurant. Students work in the garden twice a week and learn teamwork skills to help them become independent workers.
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