Teachers interested in leadership roles should work collaboratively with administrators when pitching new projects, educator and instructional-technology coach Brianna Crowley suggests. In this blog post, she offers several steps teachers should take during this process.
Year-round academic calendars are gaining traction, with 26% more public schools adopting the schedules between 2007 and 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Year-round schools generally have higher attendance rates and reduced summer-learning loss, says David Hornak, executive director of the National Association for Year-Round Education.
An average of 13.5 million U.S. students participated daily in the USDA's School Breakfast Program in 2014, with more than 10 million getting the meal for free. The USDA noted in a blog post that as breakfast program funding has increased over the years -- and schools were able to get grants for startup costs -- the number of participating schools has increased.
High-school students increasingly are including massive open online courses on their college applications, some admissions officers said. "It falls into the category of very interesting things we'd like to know about you," said Marlyn McGrath, director of admissions for Harvard College.
Digital storytelling -- using tools such as video and social media to convey ideas and share information -- fosters critical thinking, creates meaningful projects and connects students to a larger audience beyond school walls, educator Michael Hernandez writes in this commentary. He shares five ideas to inspire young digital storytellers.
High-school students measure future financial success differently than current full-time workers, according to a survey conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder. Data show 25% of workers would be satisfied making less than $50,000 per year, while only 18% of high-schoolers polled agreed with that statement.
Schools increasingly are encouraging teachers to make home visits, a trend encouraged and supported by the National Education Association. The principal of a Tennessee elementary school says the visits help give teachers a better understanding of students and their families.
September has been labeled "Attendance Awareness Month" by Attendance Works. This comes amid calls by the Center for American Progress for increased focus on truancy in education policy debates.
The role of the teacher continues to evolve, according to a report that envisions seven roles that teachers could take on. They are, according to KnowledgeWorks, learning pathway designers, competency trackers, pop-up reality producers, social innovation portfolio directors, learning naturalists, microcredentialing analysts and data stewards.
Students' abilities to understand what they hear and translate their thoughts into complete statements are keys to building overall literacy and learning, educator and author Sarah Tantillo writes. "The oral practice of expressing complete thoughts translates into more penetrating reading and more coherent writing, plus it teaches other students (who hear these complete explanations) more in the process," she writes.
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