A school Instagram account is a great way to communicate with parents and others, suggests elementary principal Adam Welcome. In this blog post, he writes that his own school is using Instagram and Twitter to share recent school happenings.
Students need to prepare for life after high school by learning 21st-century skills taught in school, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Sandy Merz. In this blog post, Merz writes that project-based learning, makerspaces and the use of open educational resources help educators teach 21st-century skills along with the curriculum.
Schools in the US are welcoming more immigrant students from Central America and elsewhere, including a surge of unaccompanied minors. Even in cash-strapped school districts, officials say they are working to provide additional resources to teach English, address mental health concerns and -- above all -- make sure students feel safe and supported at school.
The updated SAT includes longer reading questions and more narrative in the math section. "It's going to change who does well," said Lee Weiss, vice president of precollege programs at Kaplan Test Prep. "Before, if you were a student from a family where English was not the first language, you could really excel on the math side."
More higher-education students are enrolling in online courses, but some faculty and academic leaders question their worth, according to a survey by the Babson Survey Research Group. Data show that just 29% of university leaders say their faculty "accept the 'value and legitimacy' of online courses."
Federal officials are creating a new Student Aid Enforcement Unit within the Education Department to respond to student complaints about for-profit colleges. The unit, led by former Federal Trade Commission attorney Robert Kaye, will work with federal and state agencies to investigate complaints and take action, acting Secretary of Education John King said.
Middle-grades teachers can help empower students along their learning journeys by creating classroom Triptiks -- modeled after travel guides distributed by AAA -- author and educational consultant Mike Fisher writes. In this article, he shares several ways to create Triptiks for English, math, science and history courses.
Researchers examining whether there is a "critical period" in which to learn a language have found that the ability of adults to learn another language can diminish with time. Researcher Monika Schmid, professor of linguistics at the University of Essex, writes that various factors likely contribute to the ease of learning a language at a younger age and shares what brain scans reveal about a group of native speakers and second-language learners of German.
Engaging students in studies of the world's endangered cultures can boost their global awareness and encourage them to take action, writes Cleary Vaughan-Lee, education director for the Global Oneness Project. In this blog post, Vaughan-Lee highlights projects and resources to help increase cultural studies in schools.
A California teacher and his class for two straight years were featured in a Super Bowl commercial for Microsoft. Scott Bedley, a fifth-grade teacher, said he did not know at the time that his class would be featured in the commercial until their Mystery Skype session was broadcast during the game.
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