About 500 teachers recently attended a weeklong conference in Colorado to learn how to teach Advanced Placement courses to students with diverse abilities. The AP for All Summer Institute aims to help educators develop in-class supports to keep the curriculum rigorous for advanced learners and supports for those needing more assistance to achieve success.
A Bronx, N.Y., district is piloting a mentoring program to ease high turnover of new educators. The program -- established through a coalition of a nonprofit, an advocacy group and the local superintendent -- offers intensive training to veteran educators to collect data and provide constructive feedback and support for struggling rookie teachers.
Advanced Placement English teacher Brian Sztabnik describes how he flipped his classroom by allowing students to have more freedom about what they read and time to read in class. In this blog post, Sztabnik writes that book choice and blogs was a revolution for his class and "created a contagious atmosphere of passionate readers."
Students at Lathrop Elementary School in Rockford, Ill., are building conversational literacy skills through Skype chats. Sessions have included interviewing book authors or guessing the out-of-state locations of other classrooms of students by asking questions, a process that helps students develop conversational and collaboration skills, said school literacy leader Jen Wood. "It helps the students understand different types of conversation and use different types of media to do the work," she said.
Think Link is a free hexagonical learning tool developed by a teacher and his Year 7 English class in the United Kingdom. Kristian Still, assistant principal at Southampton's Hamble Community Sports College, developed the application with the input of students and several tech-savvy educators. "Why hexagons? Well they have six sides, fit nicely together and so are great for making connections," Still writes.