Educators can help students get in the "learning zone" by focusing less on performance, asserts Eduardo Briceno, co-founder and CEO of Mindset Works. In this blog post, he writes that students should be consistently challenged and feedback should be provided from teachers and peers.
Some Detroit high-school students are learning about African-American history and culture -- spanning from Africa to the US civil rights movement -- by studying different eras of music with teacher Quincy Stewart. Students listened to sounds from African countries and songs popular during the Black Panther movement to better understand historical events, politics and power.
Seven states have adopted computer science education standards, and eight states are drafting such standards, according to a report by a group of computer science education organizations. The report offers recommendations for state leaders to help improve computer science education.
Educator and author Matthew Farber in this blog post describes how he aligns Genius Hour projects with Common Core State Standards for middle-school social studies. He shares how he helps students manage projects and the makerspace-style work that students produce.
First-grade teacher Bretta Loeffler in this interview says she uses various education-technology tools to create interactive, blended-learning lessons. Loeffler, who was named a 2017 PBS Digital Innovator, says she uses tools, such as Blendspaces, Echo Dot and interactive whiteboards.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a progress report about the department's efforts to eliminate unnecessary regulations. The progress report shows that the department is evaluating 150 regulations and 1,677 pieces of policy guidance.
Educators in an Arkansas school district have been working to implement positive behavior interventions and supports as a method for disciplining students. Along with training principals and teachers, the district is planning to hire three additional behavioral interventionists.
Christopher Ruszkowski, acting secretary of New Mexico's Public Education Department, says one of his top priorities will be improving teacher-preparation programs so that students receive instruction that prepares them for a modern, global economy. Expected actions include a report-card system for teacher-training programs.
The US Senate has released a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill would result in cuts to Medicaid, a change that could affect funding for students with disabilities and students in poverty, said Sasha Pudelski, assistant director of policy and advocacy at AASA, the School Superintendents Association.
High-school English teacher Ann Neary in this audio series reflects on a time when she and a student did not see eye to eye because the student believed Neary was faking her positive outlook. Neary says, in the end, she learned about a common trait shared between teacher and student.
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