Student feedback helped Buddy Berry, superintendent of a rural school district in Kentucky, kick-start a turnaround effort. Now schools offer students more technology and personalized learning, efforts that have yielded academic improvements and boosted enrollment.
It can be difficult for younger students to focus on schoolwork in the weeks leading up to the winter holiday break. Educators share strategies and activities they use to keep students' attention, including learning fractions by baking cookies.
Making it easier for National Board Certified teachers to transfer their licenses from state to state could help to curb teaching shortages, asserts Peggy Brookins, the president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and a National Board Certified teacher. Data show that 33 states count National Board Certification toward license renewal, and 36 states allow out-of-state NBCTs to opt out of licensing tests.
Helping students relate what they learn in class to what's going on in the world can give school more meaning. This blog post includes activities, strategies and tips for helping students make connections with lessons in classes such as history and literature by connecting the world to the curriculum or the curriculum to the world.
New York City's education department plans to open resource centers in each borough to help students with special needs transition to life after high school. Center staff are expected to help students set goals and plan their high-school time, train high-school staff and, eventually, establish paid work experiences for students.
Volunteers and the nonprofit Save the Children are working to give students in Puerto Rico learning opportunities beyond the school day. In one area, where the school day ends at 12:30 and power has not been restored to the school building, students have access to an after-school program.
Eighth-graders in a social studies class at an Illinois middle school took the lead in creating a virtual memorial honoring local veterans. Since its launch in 2014, more than 200 students have worked on the database, which features images and details about the vets.
Research shows state lawmakers may be falling short when crafting equitable school funding systems. One analysis shows that 21 states -- up from 14 the year before -- provide less funding to schools with higher concentrations of low-income students.
The US Department of Education has released a document aimed at explaining the implications of a US Supreme Court ruling related to special education. This blog post links to the full Q&A from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Universal Design for Learning starts with a clearly defined learning goal, says CAST curriculum design specialist Allison Posey. "It's like your GPS: once you know your goal or destination, then you can be flexible in which route you take to get there." In this interview, Posey offers tips for how teachers can get started with UDL in their classrooms, identifies the biggest misconceptions about UDL, and shows how emotions are the gatekeepers to learning.
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