A confrontation with a high-school senior helped teach Sydney Chaffee what she never learned when she was training to teach, the National Board Certified Teacher says in this interview. Looking back on the incident that occurred during her first year of teaching, Chaffee says she learned to consider students' perspectives and how race can affect interactions, such as the one she had with student Tyrell Brewster, who is also interviewed and has become a math teacher at the school.
Teachers can help ease math anxiety among young learners by introducing fun but challenging math games, says Lisa Ginet, Early Math Collaborative's director. "Also, strategies that allow children to engage in multiple ways are likely to get more children involved and build more children's understanding, making them less likely to become anxious," she adds.
Young people who get their hair cut at City Cuts in Kutztown, Pa., can earn $3 by reading aloud from a book while in the barber's chair. Barber Jon Escueta, who also coaches youth basketball, said he started the Books by Kids program in the shop to encourage youths to learn to speak up, build confidence and read.
A project across all grades at K-12 charter school in Colorado will feature more than 500 paper and ceramic butterflies made by elementary-schoolers to remember peers who died in the Holocaust while older students will stage a production based on Anne Frank's diary. Teachers say the efforts contain "a-ha moments" that teach students about history, respect and tolerance.
More than 1 million books are published, and while the nonprofit Benetech works to add titles to its accessible digital reading Bookshare platform, it cannot handle the volume on its own. Benetech is now working directly with publishers such as Macmillan Learning to embed accessibility features for people with reading impairments or disabilities into all e-books at the time of publication.
Educators at an alternative school in New Jersey collaborate in roundtable meetings to develop intervention plans for students -- many of whom have learning challenges -- writes Megan Guzman, a ninth-grade English teacher. Guzman shares how the approach works to support the whole learner.
Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of Dallas Independent School District, shares the biggest challenges he has faced during the second stint in the role, including implementing a performance-pay system for teachers. Hinojosa details what the district did to ensure it would be successful.
More high schools and colleges are preparing students for the workforce by integrating liberal arts into STEM subjects through classes such as biological anthropology. Some educators say such programs aim to provide students with scientific literacy, creative problem-solving skills and a well-rounded body of knowledge.
Hispanic males, no matter their educational level, had higher employment rates than their black peers, but were underrepresented in well-paying careers that required a four-year degree or more, according to research from Clemson University. Lamont Flowers, executive director of the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education, says the research can be used by schools to help foster better outcomes for underrepresented students.
A high school in Massachusetts plans to offer more career and technical education courses in the fall, including programs in manufacturing, IT, business and finances, environmental and life sciences as well as health care and social assistance. Meghan Beaulieu, a business teacher, says the focus is on "whole industries," rather than individual trades.
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