A New York elementary school is using "Math Mats" to provide a multisensory learning experience for basic math skills such as fractions and math facts. Fourth-grade teacher George Di-Giovanni said he uses the mats to introduce new concepts for an engaging, visual learning experience.
Jennifer Moss says she'll be "in the trenches" with teachers building relationships with them and the students when she takes her new position as principal of a West Virginia middle school in July. Moss, who currently serves as assistant principal at another school, says she will help teachers cultivate their strengths and uncover their passion for education.
Students at a Massachusetts school are learning about the importance of recycling and how to reuse materials in their computer and economics classes. Students made presentations and informational display boards about how to separate common household items for recycling.
Schools in states such as Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are installing high-tech cameras that use artificial intelligence to monitor movements and identify people. Officials say the measures are for safety, but critics worry about student privacy.
A budget request from the Illinois State Board of Education asks state lawmakers to increase spending on preschool through high-school education by nearly 60% next year. The board also is requesting an additional $4.9 billion, so it can fully implement the new school funding formula.
Students at a Tennessee school built a Depression-era shantytown as part of interdisciplinary lessons that combined science, social studies and math. Students studied the time period and then collected disposable construction materials to build their shacks.
A new survey by security company Gemalto has found that almost half of companies using internet of things devices have no way to determine if their devices are being hacked, despite citing security as one of the most important ways to earn customer trust. By 2023, an estimated 20 billion devices are expected to be on the market, but marketers are looking to government entities to set standards and regulations regarding cybersecurity, respondents told Gemalto.
A report from the Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development recommends schools weave social and emotional learning throughout all school-day activities and branch out into the community. The report's authors say instilling characteristics such as empathy and perseverance not only improves students' lives, but their academic performance as well.
The American Council on Education is offering guidance to help college administrators navigate instances in which controversial figures are scheduled to speak on campus. The group's advice includes allowing presidents to speak out on the issues and considering security costs when inviting speakers for events.
Keep top female talent longer by building a workplace culture that embraces diversity, customizing talent strategies to fit each person's needs and giving women opportunities to develop leadership skills, writes Rosina Racioppi, president and CEO of WOMEN Unlimited. "Organizations must provide guidance and guidelines on ways managers can support and develop the women on their teams," she writes.
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