Engaging students as problem-solvers is the key to helping them develop persistence, asserts high-school math teacher Solenne Abaziou. In this blog post, she shares several strategies she uses in her own classroom, including using open-ended problems, focusing on the process and grading for participation.
There are eight key elements that can help school leaders transition a one-teacher, one-classroom model to more flexible staffing models, according to a recent report from Public Impact and the Clayton Christensen Institute. Elements include a coaching culture, school leaders who reinforce high standards and time in the schedule for collaboration.
Students in schools across the nation have been remembering men and women who lost their lives while serving in the US military. As part of Memorial Day observations, a Connecticut high school's students heard from veterans about their war experiences, while K-6 students at a Wyoming school placed flowers on veterans' graves. Schools in Oregon and Florida held assemblies to honor military members who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Starting this fall, students in 39 states and the District of Columbia will be required to learn CPR to graduate from high school, according to the American Heart Association. Some say the lessons can help students learn life-saving skills, gain confidence and obtain insight into potential careers.
An elementary-school teacher in Washington, D.C., invited his students to watch him graduate with his master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. As part of his efforts to help students think about their own potential for higher education, Alejandro Diasgranados started a fundraising campaign to fund the trip to Baltimore and "college bound" T-shirts for the third- and fourth-grade students.
More than 60 two-year and four-year colleges have created support programs for students with autism over the past 20 years. However, only 39% of students with autism who enroll in a postsecondary institution earn a degree.
The US Education Department will delay for two more years regulations that would require online education programs to be authorized in every state where they enroll students. The rules were implemented by the Obama administration to provide integrity for such programs, along with rules governing credit hours and gainful employment.
A $2.3 million federal grant program aims to support the teaching of Native American languages in schools. The Department of Education is accepting applications for the Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program grant competition, which also is designed to help close the achievement gap for Native American students.
The US Department of Education's Privacy Technical Assistance Center released a warning and some recommendations for school districts about protecting the privacy of students who take the ACT and SAT. The recommendations are focused on how students sign up for the exams and how to handle pretest surveys.
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