Take advantage of your emotions when making a decision, says John Baldoni in this video and blog post. Try writing down the possible decisions on small pieces of paper, selecting one from a bowl and measuring your reaction, knowing that you can always go another direction.
East Allen University in Fort Wayne, Ind., is a public high school that helps English-language learners earn both a high-school diploma and an associate degree. The school helps students navigate an unfamiliar educational system by offering English language support, college counseling and tutors.
Calling community colleges "a tremendous on-ramp" for students, US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she's considering full-year federal financial aid for students and a stronger focus on programs that are working. DeVos last week toured Valencia College in Florida and heard about dual-enrollment programs from state education leaders.
Principals can improve test scores in their schools by having cohesive goals, good relationships with teachers and a solid professional-development program for the staff, suggests Mick Coelli, an Australian economist. Coelli and his team analyzed literacy and test scores, staff and parent surveys, human resources documents and other school data.
A Utah school district has launched an elementary coding curriculum, beginning in kindergarten, led by technology coaches. In one lesson with kindergartners, coding instructor Tracy Fike used the song "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" and Bee-Bot robots to teach sequencing and programming.
Eighth-graders at an Ohio school recently attended a Skype chat with US Capitol representative Erik Frere to learn more about federal government. The students asked questions about the legislative branch, the role of the vice president in Congress and other topics.
Writing coaches from a literacy nonprofit have helped increase the literacy skills of immigrant students at a Washington, D.C., school by having them write and publish a book of family recipes. Each student contributed a recipe from their native countries and shared a background story about its significance.
Shakespearean actors spent a week at an Ohio high school immersing students in excerpts of plays to deepen their understanding of the Bard's work. Students were extras in scenes with a theater company's actors.
US students have partnered with peers from Ghana to collaborate and solve a real-world problem as part of a science competition run by a global nonprofit. Students from McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C., have worked with their teammates from Winneba Senior High School in Ghana to address water issues that affect the world.
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