A Maryland school district is piloting blended-learning Spanish classes in 10 elementary schools to enhance students' foreign language and literacy skills. Fourth- and fifth-grade students spend time working with a Spanish teacher and using language software. The classes start with speaking and vocabulary skills and build to writing and reading in Spanish.
A Virginia teacher received a grant to create a library of audiobooks to improve literacy skills of fourth- and fifth-graders with learning disabilities. Although the audiobooks won't replace reading instruction, they help students access more challenging texts and develop motivation, comprehension and vocabulary, teacher Stephanie Tatel said. "We wanted to teach our students how they too can access and enjoy the same books their peers do, just not necessarily through text," she said.
School programs being implemented nationwide aim to save students from a future of credit card debt and financial trouble. Financial literacy programs teach students about credit cards and other topics, and one bankruptcy judge is calling for mandatory financial courses and testing in schools.
A National Board Certified Teacher in Washington was one of three Snoqualmie Valley School District educators recently honored by a local education foundation. Tracy Petroske, a National Board Certified Teacher, was named an Educator of the Year for her commitment to excellence and her dedication to her students and community.