Texas A&M University plans to expand a science, technology, engineering and math program that integrates hands-on experiments into the science curriculum for third- through fifth-graders. Using a National Science Foundation grant, university researchers tested their program at a Texas school serving mostly low-income families to expose them to STEM concepts and careers.
Data from the Arizona Department of Education shows that more than 1,000 teachers are in classrooms around the state this year through emergency teaching certificates -- up from the 789 certificates issued last year. District leaders say they thoroughly screen all teachers with emergency status and say many are eager to help students and schools.
The Mississippi Department of Education is looking into ways to make it easier for prospective teachers to get their licenses. The state's board of education earlier this year approved temporary measures to grant licenses to professionals with either a bachelor's degree or 21 credit hours in their teaching field.
More than two dozen teachers in Memphis, Tenn., have received training in identifying and teaching students with disabilities, such as dyslexia, through a nonprofit organization in the state. The nonprofit ALLMemphis offers training in a multisensory approach to reading.
Ninth-graders at a Pennsylvania high school recently visited a C-SPAN bus to check out its resources and learn how to stay informed about current events. The students also viewed interactive tools and technologies, and teachers learned about content available for classrooms.
Student portfolios should not be a catalog of what students learn, but rather, portfolios should help students make connections to content and overall learning goals, writes Beth Holland, Johns Hopkins University doctoral candidate and EdTechTeacher instructor. In this blog post, she suggests looking beyond tools used to save, share and publish student work, and instead focus on teaching the "art of reflection."
The outage that affected Google Chromebook devices earlier this month was a wake-up call, some educators say. Kelly Dumont, an education technologist in a Utah school district where about 20,000 devices were affected, says the glitch was "temporarily catastrophic," and that he and others worry it could mean the potential for more issues.
A tentative deal on a compromise congressional tax bill package is not expected to include a measure that would have categorized graduate school tuition waivers as taxable income. The provision was originally included in the House version of the bill, but was not included in the Senate version.
Working alone in classrooms has been professionally lonesome, writes Georgia English-language arts teacher Farhat Ahmad. In this commentary, Ahmad writes about the experience of having other educators show interest in his practice after he received an award and what he learned about finding a "tribe" as a teacher.
A book "tasting" encourages students to read books for just three minutes and then discuss their opinions with peers, writes fifth-grade English-language arts teacher Emma Tackett. In this blog post, Tackett describes the process of presenting four books of varied genres to groups of four students, who will read each book and share their thoughts.