Data can help school leaders develop their school brands, asserts Trish Rubin, a marketing instructor at Baruch College in New York. In this commentary, she shares the experiences of several principals who attended a branding boot camp and learned to use data to engage and inform their school communities.
California legislation that would have banned middle and high schools from beginning before 8:30 a.m., as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has been rejected by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown said in a veto message that the bill "is a one-size-fits-all approach that is opposed by teachers and school boards."
Some schools that have adopted yoga programs are facing pushback amid concern that the practice has religious elements. In response to parental objections, a Georgia elementary school has eliminated the use of the "namaste" greeting in their yoga classes.
Some Michigan residents are speaking in public hearings about proposed changes to the state's social studies standards, including removing the word "democratic" in lessons. Some say the changes give teachers more flexibility, while others say all voices in history must be heard in the classroom.
Students at one Tennessee high school are leading a fundraiser to build a student-run history museum about the community. Students have drafted a business plan and designs for the proposed science, technology, engineering, art, agriculture and math museum, to open by late 2020.
The US Department of Education has released a two-page framework outlining how it seeks to address the needs of students with disabilities. Flexibility and more local decision-making are central to the document's goals for "rethinking" special education, wrote Johnny Collett, the department's assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is in a deal with ACT to design a Program for International Student Assessment test that would assess student creativity. If adopted, the exam could be administered as soon as 2021 across the world and would include sections on written and visual expression as well as social and scientific problems.
It always is a good time to use "icebreakers" to get to know students, asserts Korey Barkley, a middle-school Spanish teacher in Massachusetts. In this commentary, she shares several icebreakers she has successfully used with her own students throughout the year, including "Two truths and a lie" and "Would you rather."
Kindergartners at two North Carolina district schools are learning languages in a new bilingual program that officials say will improve students' learning. At one school, students are learning Spanish and English, while students at the other school have that option or can learn Urdu and English.
A Nebraska school district plans to issue Chromebooks to all eighth-graders this year to better prepare them for high school, which already has a one-to-one laptop program. The program will allow middle-school teachers to integrate more technology into lessons and replace some textbooks with digital learning materials.