Teachers could have a tremendous effect on education if they were elected to serve on school boards, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Megan Allen. In this blog post, Allen writes about one teacher's discovery of the power she had to effect change.
Some English teachers in Canada are replacing some traditional texts, such as Shakespearean works, with the writing of indigenous authors. Teacher Kim Bruton said her decision allows students to see the "lighter side" of indigenous culture, rather than focusing on the mostly negative experiences indigenous people have had throughout history.
A New Hampshire high school is helping students who struggle in traditional settings shine through competency-based, self-directed learning and hands-on, real-world projects. The school faces some challenges, such as some students taking longer than others to master concepts, while some standardized test scores remain below the state average.
Some schools are adding "selfie centers" to encourage social learning, reflection and understanding, says Cynthia Merrill, a former educator who consults with districts that are adding such centers. Students in one classroom that uses the approach create video selfies about books they are reading.
Educators can take specific steps to make practice more effective, some neuroscientists say. Research on the topic featured in a recent TED-Ed video reveals five specific steps to help improve practice, such as minimizing distractions and starting slow.
Some special-education teachers are using online comic books and other digital tools to help curb disruptive behavior and meet students' unique needs. Teacher Lauren Fardig-Diop uses digital comic strips to help students with special needs express their feelings.
Editors of some school yearbooks decided to include features that aimed to tell the story of the 2016 election. Yearbook editors say they weighed the best approach to publishing information on the divisive election, with some opting to highlight students' political views and others focusing on the facts.
Fourth-graders from Washington state's elementary schools recently learned about diversity and Native American cultures during Potlatch, a three-day cultural immersion program that aims to turn them into world citizens. Tribal elders joined the students as they participated in Native American ceremonies, enjoyed a communal salmon dinner, played games and worked on art and crafts.
Economic and psychological barriers can contribute to a college-access gap among low-income rural students. The nonprofit College Advising Corps is working to reverse that trend by placing college graduates in rural schools to serve as college advisers.
The Trump administration plans to give a single firm ultimate authority over student-loan processing, department officials say. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the move will reduce spending and boost efficiency, while opponents say having no competition could give the company no motivation to improve customer service.
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