High-school students who are taught a subject such as math by teachers who either majored or minored in the same subject are more likely to graduate from college, according to a study of 6,000 students and their teachers across the country by a researcher at the University of Missouri. Researcher Se Woong Lee noted, "Highly-qualified teachers are more likely to expand students' desires to learn and succeed."
A teacher's classroom presence is a key part of classroom management, asserts high-school teacher Sol Henik. In this blog post, he shares several ways that teachers can work to develop presence, including through relationship-building and by demonstrating confidence.
Some states are not adhering to requirements for subgroups of students under their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, civil rights advocates say. At an event on Tuesday, the National Urban League, the Education Trust and UnidosUS released a set of principles aimed at ensuring vulnerable populations of students receive the resources they need to succeed.
Social media use had positive outcomes for 9- and 10-year-olds who participated in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study. The study's results show that social media use led to increased physical activity, less family conflict and better sleep, compared with traditional TV or video-game screen time, which worsened sleep and family conflict.
Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are considering a $32.7 billion state budget proposal that includes more funding for public education for the fiscal year beginning in July. The proposal also includes more money for state universities and a $60 million school-safety grant program.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has announced a pledge to make his state's high-school graduation rate the highest in the country. Walker said his plan will include greater investments in career-focused programs.
Children who had controlling parents at age 2 were more likely to engage in bad behavior by age 5 and may have lower school productivity at age 10, according to a study from researchers at the University of Minnesota. The findings were based on data from 422 children in the US and Switzerland and "underscore the importance of educating often well-intentioned parents about supporting children's autonomy with handling emotional challenges," lead researcher Nicole Perry said.
Educators at a high school in Virginia have adopted a comprehensive approach to helping students with cognitive delays prepare for jobs and to live independently. In this commentary, Amy Schuiteboer, one of the district's school improvement specialists, shares seven ways to make the approach successful, including using a holistic strategy, engaging the community and using data.
It can be difficult to navigate classroom civics lessons during a time of political division, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Heather Van Benthuysen. In this blog post, she shares resources and ideas for teaching civics and suggests seeking examples of civics lessons within the community.
A stranger recently told Los Angeles Times reporter Esmeralda Bermudez to "speak English" to her 4-year-old daughter. Bermudez writes in this commentary about the choices her family has made to benefit her daughter -- she communicates with the child in Spanish, Bermudez's first language, while her husband speaks in Armenian as they raise their multilingual daughter, who also speaks English and is learning French.
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