The percentage of teachers of color could fall to an all time low of 5% of the U.S. teacher population by 2020, according to a trends report. In this commentary, Andre Perry, founding dean of urban education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich., writes that the way teachers are recruited must change.
With limited resources and teachers under increased pressure to improve students' scores on standardized tests, the arts largely has taken a backseat to core academic courses, writes Bruce E. Whitacre, executive director of the National Corporate Theatre Fund. In this blog post, he writes about the inclusion of Ohio's Classroom Matinee Touring Program in the Impact Creativity Innovation Program, which utilizes interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to theater education.
MindShift's "Teachers' Guide to Using Videos" offers advice for teachers interested in using the vast library of videos available on YouTube and elsewhere in classroom lessons. The guide, written in collaboration with educator Catlin Tucker, seeks to help teachers winnow down the available videos and answer questions regarding video quality, where to go to get the best educational videos and how such videos should be used.
Schools have long taken time out to celebrate the achievements of others, whether it be related to a sporting event or Black History Month or other activities, writes Stephen R. Herr, an independent consultant. However, he questions whether this focus on celebrating others does anything to inform students or enact change. He writes in this commentary that the trend instead could be fostering a generation more comfortable with observing than doing.
The Transportation Security Administration announced plans to expedite airport security screening for "wounded warriors." Wounded or disabled veterans can sign up for the TSA PreCheck program, a privilege already extended to active-duty military personnel.