Student data -- when used effectively -- can help close achievement gaps, among other things, write Tim Cariss and Ted Sullivan of Chico Unified School District in California. In this blog post, they share how their own district leveraged data to boost student equity and success.
Some research has shown that supporting social and emotional learning can improve grades and outcomes for students. However, an Education Week survey finds that teachers may not have the necessary skills to support this effort, with 43% reporting they struggle to identify ways to help students who face problems outside of school.
Teachers can help students better recognize when they need help and feel comfortable enough to ask, according to Jennifer Sullivan, an adjunct instructor and former K-12 teacher. In this article, Sullivan shares five strategies to help students advocate for themselves, including helping them choose words to seek help such as "I'm not sure what I need. Can you please talk with me?" and "Can you give me advice about _____?"
A group of Alabama students became "history detectives" in a local library as they examined the contents of a trunk that belonged to a soldier who was killed in World War II and studied the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong's walk on the Moon. The students, ages 9 to 12, also learned about the role a local company played in mission of the astronauts.
A rule passed by the Florida State Board of Education will require sixth- through 12th-grade students to take at least five hours of classes related to mental health. The curriculum could include courses on cyberbullying and the effects of substance misuse.
Project-based learning and similar methods often are used with students in accelerated programs, but all students, including those with learning differences, can benefit from this type of instruction, special-education teacher and tutor Nina Parrish writes. Parrish offers tips for implementing this approach with all students, including delivering additional supports to those who may need it.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation debuted a program one year ago aimed at improving schools by clustering them together to address common issues. School leaders, speaking at a recent event, delivered a progress report on the program, and foundation officials said they expect to publish findings on the effort later this year and release student progress data over the next three years.
Teachers should engage in full-time, mentored internships before beginning their careers in education, according to Dan Goldhaber, director of the Center for Education Data & Research, and John White, Louisiana's state superintendent of education. In this opinion article, Goldhaber and White write about Louisiana's requirement that undergraduate students who want to become teachers complete a year-long residency program and mentoring with an experienced educator.
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