Elementary-school students need ample time for recess and scheduled "brain breaks," asserts Lori Koerner, a principal at Tremont Elementary School in New York state. In this commentary, she shares that students in her own school balance academics with 50 minutes of recess daily, formal yoga instruction and more breaks to help students refocus -- all while increasing instructional time.
Matthew Utterback, the 2017 National School Superintendent of the Year, credits a professional development program for helping to bridge the racial achievement gap in his Oregon school district. Utterback says he made the Coaching for Education Equity training program mandatory for all district leaders six years ago, which focuses on equity and dialogue.
Some schools are tracking the words students type on school computers using safety management platforms, including Gaggle, Securly, and GoGuardian. The use of platforms, however, has raised questions about how to balance school safety and students' privacy.
Routine practice and drilling can help improve student achievement in math, according to Paul Morgan, the director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research at Pennsylvania State University. In this commentary, he shares his research that shows how teacher-directed instruction can help students learn more.
An eighth-grade student in Colorado recently manufactured the first of 20 planned coins she designed for high-school football referees to use during the upcoming season. Victoria Teschner made the coins during a recent manufacturing camp.
School leaders, teachers and personnel need breaks as much as students need recess, consultant and former principal Peter DeWitt writes in this blog post. He shares ideas for mindfulness practices and explains how they can improve educators' response to students and stress throughout the school day.
High-school students with special needs in Michigan worked what for some was their first summer job in maintenance, landscaping and other fields through a program by the Superior Alliance for Independent Living and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Students can use this experience on resumes to get jobs and to learn about potential job paths.
A third-grade teacher in Indiana has adopted a flexible seating arrangement for her classroom, after months of research on the approach. Breanne Rainey said her research showed the benefits of flexible seating models, as well as the need to retain some traditional seating options for students.
The school nutrition and transportation departments in a Georgia district are piloting a new literacy program. Words will be posted on school buses and in cafeterias to help students identify hundreds of words by sight by the end of the third grade.
Software.org and Girls Who Code taught 23 high school girls HTML, CSS and other coding skills this summer during a seven-week program. "Most of these young women have little to no experience in coding when they first start the class, but they come away feeling confident enough to call themselves 'coders' and 'programmers,' and see a future in tech," says Software.org's executive director Chris Hopfensperger.
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