Technology cannot benefit the classroom unless teachers have the digital fluency essential to embed tech tools seamlessly into their instruction, educator and author Matt Renwick writes in this commentary. One way teachers can improve their fluency, he writes, is by making a personal connection with technology, by practicing using mobile devices at home, for example.
Per-pupil funding in Kansas last year hit a 10-year low -- $3,838 each -- and students in the state posted their lowest ranking on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in that same period. Officials say they have not fully studied connections between school funding and performance, but some officials noted the role that racial and economic backgrounds play in achievement gaps.
Common Core State Standards for education were rolled out in Indiana's first-grade classrooms this year. Teachers in some elementary schools have been charged with explaining these changes to parents. One group of teachers shares information with parents in a weekly newsletter where they present the standards in parent-friendly language.
The school principal has a powerful impact on the school and should play a central role in moving education forward, writes Diann Woodard, president of the American Federation of School Administrators. In this blog post, she writes about the significant role principals play in student achievement, the creation of effective and meaningful evaluation systems for teachers and prioritizing professional-development opportunities and resources for education.
A new Texas state law requires schools to teach students about the cost of higher education and how to pay for it. Students will learn about financial aid, including how to apply for scholarships and loans. In Lubbock, Texas, Independent School District, financial literacy has been taught for nearly 10 years, covering such topics as the differences in income that come with having a college degree, a high-school diploma or a vocational certificate.