Fourth-graders at a Florida school have helped restore a local beach by growing sea oat grass for three years and planting it at a dune. The project teaches students how the environment affects local plant and animal life, teacher Ellen Asher said.
Incoming Maine high-school principal Michele LaForge believes that building relationships is essential to learning, says Superintendent of Schools Ken Kunin. In her new position, LaForge says she will help students build relationships with each other and seek to ensure that teachers have needed resources.
Students at a Michigan middle school are adding digital features to a local museum of a house that hid slaves for the Underground Railroad. As part of the school project, students are taking pictures and videos of the home and creating a website and informational QR codes around the museum.
Coastal Carolina University's new residency program for aspiring teachers is aimed at easing educator shortages in South Carolina. College officials say they hope the program will bring teachers to rural areas and they plan to partner with other county districts.
Data-driven instruction is the most popular education-technology trend in schools say 3 out of 4 teachers, up from 28% who saw data usage as a top trend in 2017, according to a survey by Kahoot. Other popular edtech trends include using games for learning, focusing on computational thinking and coding, the survey shows.
Members of the Oklahoma State Board of Education are calling on lawmakers to strengthen safety policies in schools. Currently, schools are only required to hold four security drills each year, but board members say more is needed, with one suggesting metal detectors should be required.
Seventh-graders at a California school researched Native American tribes and created presentations about their cultures at a fair held in the school library. The program is part of a project-based learning unit that included finding experts to interview and making presentations at an event open to the public.
A report seeks to help schools measure the efficacy of evidence-based programs implemented under the Every Student Succeeds Act to improve school performance. The report's authors offer several recommendations for state leaders, including developing policies and procedures to build evidence to measure interventions.
Employers should avoid several common mistakes when firing a worker, including having a termination conversation without a human resources representative in the room, says HR practitioner and consultant Jacqueline English. Managers also should have a plan for helping a fired worker clear out their workspace, she recommends.
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