Some social studies teachers are using the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump as a teachable moment by folding it into their classroom discussions. Lessons include walking students through the two-step process of impeachment and how to have respectful discussions with others who don't share their opinions.
Educator and consultant John Warner in this blog post supports an argument made by author Herb Childress that universities should consider promoting adjunct staff to fill open faculty positions. "Because this person has already established a home both at the institution and in the community, they are up and running as a full member of the department nearly instantly," he notes.
Steven Hubbell, the new assistant principal of Burroughs High School in California, credits his bosses and mentors with helping him move from teaching into administration. In his new position, he will be in charge of athletics and activities, and Tom Crowther, the principal at his former school, praised him as "the guy who likes to have a face-to-face conversation and work through issues, which is what people respect about him."
One Kansas City school district has boosted pay, once again, for substitute teachers to attract them to the classroom. Experts say low unemployment and a change in teacher policies that limit how much time retired teachers can spend in the classroom are factors in the shortage.
The Nebraska State Board of Education approved new social studies standards that require students to view historical events from several perspectives, especially from groups that have been marginalized or underrepresented. The standards, which will be implemented beginning in the 2020-21 school year, also encourage the use of data, primary sources and inquiry.
Students in third, fourth and fifth grades at Frank Jacinto Elementary in Lorain, Ohio, will keep gratitude journals this year as part of the Grateful Peoples Project. The project is aimed at helping students improve their writing, learn more about themselves and become more aware of positive things in their lives.
Kari Pepper, the Colorado Art Education Association's state Art Educator of the Year, wants her students to pursue their individual creative visions rather than adhere to cookie-cutter ideas of what art should be. Pepper, who teaches at Mountain Middle School in Durango, Colo., encourages students to explore STEAM and looks for ways their art skills might be applied to their future careers.
Some of the sales from a book fair held at Barnes & Noble will support a Mississippi middle school's library. School librarian Sheila McGraw says her goal is to encourage students to read and then provide them with ample access to books.
Utah junior high school principal Mary Basso says turning around her academically struggling school has been a challenge and requires interventions for students and support for teachers. "They are working hard together for what's best for kids and that's what it takes to turn a school around," Basso says.
Each job search is unique and some may take longer than others, writes career expert Kourtney Whitehead, but that doesn't mean you have to take a bad job or that you're skills are no longer marketable. Instead, she advises, use time during a search to learn new skills, start your own company or volunteer.
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