Some high schools offer homework-free weekends to help accommodate students' demanding schedules, says Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at Stanford University who also works with schools on such efforts. Educators at two Montgomery County, Md., high schools have eliminated weekend homework ahead of college admissions deadlines.
Congress is being urged in a new letter from the American Council on Education to pass legislation protecting individuals who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, including many college students. ACE President Ted Mitchell says the letter underscores the important role DACA students play in higher education.
Seventh-grade teacher Brooke Markle decided to use flexible seating after researching classroom design while working to improve her teaching. In this blog post, she describes how she remade her room to offer students various options.
Students transitioning to a new school in sixth or seventh grade have a diminished perception of their own reading skills and reduced motivation to excel in English-language arts, according to a study published in the Journal of Early Adolescence. After the study, which involved 6,000 students, researchers found students who attended K-8 schools did not experience this issue.
A Michigan school district is using an early-literacy program in which teachers help build students' foundational knowledge with rich content to boost reading of more advanced texts. In one example, a first-grade teacher read aloud about the human body and taught students anatomical vocabulary as part of literacy lesson.
Eighth-graders in US history teacher Sarah Cooper's class recently researched current events of interest and shared their perspectives about the topics in spoken-word poetry. In this blog post, Cooper shares what she learned from the project, including how to improve projects that encourage student exploration.
A Philadelphia high school has introduced a class that brings together research, writing and topics about science, technology, engineering and math. A school official said the class is meant to help students learn to work on independent research projects and to think like scientists.
Wildfires in California have affected about 600 schools and left hundreds of students displaced from their homes. Steve Herrington, Sonoma County superintendent, says "there will be a real need to address the trauma and long-term displacement that so many of our students, their families and their teachers have experienced."
It may be time for a digital-brand upgrade, asserts Trish Rubin, who consults with clients in education and other sectors about building brand awareness. In this commentary, Rubin shares ways school leaders can use branding to share good news and inspire communities.
The Consortium for School Networking has released nine briefs intended to help superintendents lead digital transformations in their districts. Topics include online assessment and student-data privacy.
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