Students would benefit if schools blended arts and math, writes John De Pillis, a math professor at University of California at Riverside. In this commentary, De Pillis notes that art can help students think more abstractly, improve comprehension and make math more fun.
The Fab Foundation has released two free lesson plans based on the Marvel film "Black Panther" to help educators get students interested in technology. One lesson is inspired by the film's costumer designer and uses digital fabrication techniques and the other uses 3D technology to help students create wearable jewelry.
When fathers are involved in their children's education, academic outcomes improve for students, according to several recent studies. One study found that a child who has an involved father has achievements equivalent to a child with an additional half year of academic learning.
Policymakers should consider allowing easier ways for teachers to cross state borders and maintain their credentials, write Dan Goldhaber, director of the Center for Education Data and Research at the University of Washington, and Cyrus Grout, a research consultant at CEDR. In this commentary, they suggest that making teaching credentials more portable could help curb teacher shortages in some areas.
There are 747 public charter schools in the US where the percentage of white students is higher than that of any public school in the district, according to an analysis by The Hechinger Report, the Investigative Fund and NBC News. At 115 charter schools, the percentage of white students was 20 percentage points higher than at local traditional schools.
One New York school district, to recruit novice teachers, held a job fair that featured a panel of teachers talking about the rewards of the career. Elizabeth Wood, assistant superintendent for instruction for the district, says they're facing shortages of applicants in areas such as math, special education and computer sciences.
Sixth-graders at a Massachusetts middle school recently helped celebrate their city's 350th birthday by researching and writing the history of key locations in the community. Student teams took field trips to sites, interviewed sources and presented their findings through writing and at a research fair.
Guided interventions that include using building blocks with young children can improve their math skills and executive functioning, according to a study. Purdue University researchers found that block play was helpful at building numeracy skills for children whose parents had low education levels.
High-school students with the Youth Advocacy Council in Delaware recently urged state and local lawmakers to adopt five policies to improve minority representation among classroom teachers. The students recommended requiring districts to set goals for increasing diversity and placing emphasis on recruiting students and teachers of color into a teacher-preparation program.
Research shows that students with special needs who learn self-advocacy skills have improved educational and life outcomes, writes Ace Parsi, personalized learning partnership manager at the National Center for Learning Disabilities. In this blog post, Parsi shares insights from a NCLD report that offers guidance for schools on teaching self-advocacy skills.