In outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan's seven-year tenure, he leaves behind five primary legacies, Frederick Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, writes in this commentary. The legacies include ushering in several federal-education initiatives, including investments in prekindergarten and free community college.
The essay portion of the SAT will be optional under a revised version of the test, set for release in March 2016. A majority of admissions officers from 300 colleges and universities recently surveyed by Kaplan said they will make the essay scores optional. Nineteen percent said they will not require the scores, and about 13% will require them.
Some educators and media experts suggest that students need instruction on media literacy to teach them the critical-thinking skills to determine the credibility of online news. This blog post contains lesson ideas and links to resources and online tools for teaching about the news and media literacy.
Educators who want to become connected can start small, asserts Tomi Swanson, teacher and technology integration specialist in the Kasson-Mantorville School District in Minnesota. In this blog post, Swanson outlines four ways to get started, including creating Pinterest and Twitter accounts.
Three state-level policy areas could help ensure school principals receive proper training and support, according to a report commissioned by the Wallace Foundation. Recommendations include elevating principals in state-policy agendas, employing six possible policy levers and having a better understanding of state and local factors that affect principals.
Some school districts are working to blend education-technology with "student-centric" learning. This article focuses on several districts, including the Miami-Dade school district in Florida, where an investment in technology has been partnered with more group instruction and interactive learning.
Soda-tax proposals fell flat in Philadelphia, New York state and San Francisco, but the highly publicized anti-obesity pushes may have helped fuel a decline in soda consumption. Consumption of sugary soft drinks is down nationwide, and Philadelphia teens cut their daily intake 24% between 2007 and 2013, according to federal data. The decline corresponds with a drop in childhood obesity, according to the city's Health Department.
In this blog post, several education experts reflect on grit. Ron Berger, chief academic officer for expeditionary learning, writes that there are many champions of the approach. "School districts have adopted it as a focus; ASCD has endorsed it with a book; Secretary of Education Arne Duncan celebrates it; media coverage of education highlights it regularly." Still, he notes, there may be a flip side, with some experts highlighting potential negative effects of too much focus on grit.
District of Columbia Public Schools partnered with the city's transportation department and private donors to buy 1,000 bicycles that will rotate through every D.C. elementary school this year. Besides practicing skills, students receive lessons on riding safety.
Parents of students attending a Missouri school district are attending math classes with their children to learn how to help them with homework. During the Parent U program, both students and teachers walk parents through problems to help them understand how they are learning math under Common Core State Standards.
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