Teachers who want to adopt mindfulness in the classroom should begin by developing their own mindfulness habits, suggests James Butler, the mindfulness specialist for the Austin, Texas, school district. Butler, who recently spoke on the topic with three former students at SXSW EDU, says that mindfulness in schools should focus on how students can be kind -- both to themselves and other people.
Accidents, natural disasters and hackers can dismantle schools' networks and destroy valuable data. This article showcases how several school districts responded to network failures and steps they took to get back up and running.
Americans should remember that the US has a history of being welcoming to those in need from around the world, asserts Mandy Manning, a National Board Certified Teacher and 2018 National Teacher of the Year. In this opinion article, Manning writes about her own experiences teaching immigrants and refugees, and the meaning of World Refugee Day on Wednesday.
There are several low-cost, low-stress ways teachers can stay connected to students and students' families during the summer, writes National Board Certified Teacher Rita Platt. In this blog post, Platt suggests that teachers be present and visible in the community in which they teach, schedule meetups and remain active on social media.
A Colorado school district has brought back its extended summer learning program for elementary- and middle-schoolers who are struggling with literacy. Teachers are simulating a summer camp experience by pitching tents in classrooms and incorporating reading and writing skills into songs, games and other activities.
A Missouri middle school's students recently became the teachers during equity trainings to help educators recognize stereotypes known as microaggressions. The students made recommendations for including LGBTQ civil rights history and positive views of African-Americans in social studies lessons to help make the school environment inclusive of all members.
Educators in Indiana recently participated in a two-day workshop designed to help them connect lessons in science, technology, engineering and math to their uses in the real world. During The Lilly Experience for Teachers in STEM, educators designed lesson plans and left with resources to take back to their classrooms.
The US Education Department has announced it will delay for one more year some requirements under the gainful-employment rule that compel colleges to publicly disclose employment rates and debt levels of vocational program graduates. In a filing, department officials said the delay will give them time to evaluate the "utility" of the requirements.
High-school students in Oregon recently constructed 10 Little Free Libraries to provide access to books for people in the communities around Salem, Stayton and Sublimity. Culinary students also baked cookies for the projects' grand opening events.
Minnesota school district Superintendent Ed Graff says school leadership is "not for the faint of heart," and adds that his office has developed leadership profiles for each school to ease leadership transitions and ensure the best environment for students. In this Q&A, Graff, who formerly led the school district in Anchorage, Alaska, says school success hinges on alignment among stakeholders such as students, community members and parents.
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