Some schools in Pennsylvania are focusing on reforming literacy instruction to help boost the number of students reading proficiently by end of third grade, writes Penny Nixon of the Universal Companies charter school network. Nixon shares how the schools overhauled instruction, including putting a greater focus on phonics and getting buy-in from principals.
More US community colleges are offering "guided pathways" to help adult students, in particular, stay on track and earn a degree within three years. The Alamo Colleges District, a five-college system around San Antonio, saw its three-year graduation and transfer rate rise from 28% in 2011 to 47% in 2015 after implementing such an initiative.
The National Board Certification process helped demonstrate the importance of reflection and feedback in teaching, writes National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein, who integrated such practices into her classroom. In this blog post, Sackstein shares how educators can scaffold reflection through questions and help students examine their learning to improve outcomes.
Now might be a good time to declutter classrooms, suggests middle-grades educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron, who calls out her own classroom as "organized chaos." In this blog post, Wolpert-Gawron offers tips to help declutter while maintaining the classroom culture.
Social studies students in an eastern Kentucky high school are learning about the lives of refugees through online video conference calls with a 28-year-old Syrian refugee living in Turkey. The students have weekly calls to Turkey, a connection facilitated by an organization that hires displaced individuals to connect with students around the world for lessons, including language.
An elementary-school art teacher in Pennsylvania says she uses social media -- mainly Instagram -- for ideas and professional development. Recently, she shared her idea for an art project, which included taxidermy, a local trade.
HarvardX -- an effort by Harvard University to create massive open online courses -- has launched a platform called LabXChange, which could allow educators to repurpose parts of existing MOOCs to build their own, free online courses. Robert Lue, founding faculty director of HarvardX, says the effort will have teachers make custom "mini-MOOCs."
The number of international students making Britain their first-choice country for business school has increased since 2016, data show, while many non-British European students see Brexit as a deterrent.
Students at a Connecticut high school are preparing for careers in manufacturing through a statewide pilot program. Manufacturing teacher Eric Soucie says students learned the basics, including safety practices, and then completed their first project -- constructing simple shop tools.
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