Teachers at Spann Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., are using President Barack Obama to teach their students lessons in character, race and reading. Educators say students are reading Obama biographies and learning about the new president through Black History Month lessons. A Mississippi College official says Obama will transform the way American history is taught.
Students in New England who have been participating in a type of virtual exchange program with students in Hawaii -- sharing pictures and regional information -- will visit the state in April to build on what they've learned in the classroom. "The kids are itching to get deeper into what they're learning, and there's nothing deeper than putting your foot in the mud of a loi field and seeing it all with your own eyes. It brings it all to a whole other level," said Scott Strainge, curriculum coordinator for the humanities at Timberlane Regional High School.
National Board Certified Teacher and teaching veteran Louis Pugliese is vying for a seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education for District 6. Pugliese says his experience as a teacher will help make him an effective board member, and he knows firsthand that officials should focus more attention on classroom instruction.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan should ensure that all federal stimulus spending on education is transparent and resist political pressure that former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings says she experienced during her tenure. About 15% of the $787 billion stimulus package -- $115 billion -- will go to education, and Duncan must provide guidelines and criteria to the public for how he will spend that money.
Announcements surrounding class size in New York and California are once again fueling debate, but some officials say that slight increases might not hurt education quality. A Tennessee study from the 1980s showed that smaller class sizes were especially beneficial to younger students, but recent data suggest it is unclear whether class size is directly related to student achievement.