Education-technology companies should take better care to safeguard students' data, according to a report from researchers at the University of Colorado's National Education Policy Center. Researchers assert in the report that there should be greater transparency and accountability for the companies' algorithms.
National Board Certified Teacher Justin Minkel writes that he tries to visualize his classroom from his students' perspective when setting up for the school year. In this blog post, he shares four things for teachers to consider, including having space for students to move and allowing students to easily access materials.
Thirty juniors and seniors from 18 high schools in the San Francisco Bay area recently studied four decades of US history from a local perspective. As participants in a pilot project, the students actively studied events from the Great Depression through the 1960s, visiting New Deal community centers and interviewing activists for civil rights and workers' rights, among others.
A California high school is launching a full-inclusion initiative that includes schoolwide co-teaching to support students with special needs. Principal John Denno said the program is aimed at improving the social integration of students with disabilities throughout the school.
Students are 3.4 times more likely to succeed in classes where technologies that support group learning and collaboration are used, according to a study from SMART Technologies. Such interactive technologies, the researchers found, can contribute to improved social and emotional development and student confidence.
There is no single approach for successful education reform, asserts Patrick Kearney, facilitator for teacher leadership in Johnston Community Schools in Iowa. In this commentary, he notes that all schools face different challenges, making it difficult to identify a "silver bullet" for education reform.
Students' emotional needs need to be met as part of a personalized-learning approach, asserts Courtney Egelston, co-founder and assistant principal at a school in Dallas. She discusses the model and how restorative practices can help support that effort.
School districts in Connecticut, Illinois and Wisconsin are scrambling to locate funding as the school year begins without an approved state budget in place. Some districts are tapping into financial reserves or borrowing money, while others are eliminating jobs or starting the school year with substitute staff.
Students in the School District of Philadelphia will have access to more than 20 new social workers when the school year begins. The $1.2 million initiative is intended to help educators meet students' behavioral needs.
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