Research shows elementary schools may be assigning too much homework, with kindergartners receiving an average of 25 minutes a day. A Texas teacher recently announced a no-homework policy in a letter to parents, which has gone viral, highlighting the ongoing homework debate.
The National Labor Relations Board, reversing a 2004 decision, has found that graduate students at private universities should be considered employees if they hold jobs as teaching or research assistants. A lawyer representing several schools says allowing such students to unionize will be disruptive to higher education.
The inaugural group of students attending the new Industrial Design, Engineering and Art high school in Tacoma, Wash., will participate in project-based lessons and learn from industry experts. This is the third theme-based school to open in the area.
About 350,000 classrooms worldwide are using the mobile application Duolingo for Schools to teach English-language learners, according to the company. Teachers say the platform helps to personalize instruction while helping them focus on struggling students.
Having students complete simple journal entries in the first days of school can help teachers build relationships with them, former teacher Peter Huidekoper Jr. writes in this blog post. He explains the importance of teacher-student connection -- especially after a summer of traumatic events -- and offers sample writing topics.
Students involved with the Schurz Food Science Lab at Carl Schurz High School in Chicago are researching urban farming and learning cutting-edge farming techniques in an effort to find solutions to the global food crisis. Students apply analytical and problem-solving skills to grow produce through hydroponic and aeroponic agriculture systems.
To create a successful career, professionals need a team of people around them who will listen, give critical feedback and mentor them, Human Workplace CEO Liz Ryan suggests in this commentary. A friend outside of their field allows professionals to get away from work and enjoy themselves, Ryan writes.
School librarians can foster a better relationship with their principals by forging connections with teachers and providing solutions that benefit students, David Blattner, chief technology officer at Iredell-Statesville Schools in North Carolina, suggests. Above all, librarians should focus on the common ground of student outcomes that principals value the most, he advises.
The University of Northern Colorado is among three state schools offering an inclusive program for students with intellectual disabilities. The UNC program's goal is to help students become independent by auditing classes that meet their interests and job goals, and living in dorms with neurotypical roommates, according to associate professor Robin Brewer.
Several auto body shop owners in western New York partnered to contact local schools about opportunities for hands-on learning. The competitors collaborated to help a local school district boost participation in its two-year collision repair program, plus offer paid pre-apprenticeships to students.
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