Educators at a Maryland middle school recently collaborated on a mural project that used arts integration to teach social justice in language arts classes. Students learned about Claudette Colvin, an African-American woman who opposed segregation on buses, and then students focused deeper on her life as they designed a mural in her honor.
Educators need space and time to collaborate, design, reflect and grow in their learning practices, educator Rebecca Rufo-Tepper and game designer Shula Ehrlich write in this blog post. Based on experience, they share eight practices to promote collaboration among peers, educators and game designers.
Recent research shows that American adults may be lacking in their knowledge of basic civics. A national campaign called the Civics Education Initiative is seeking get all states to add the U.S. naturalization civics test to their graduation requirements.
A group of Michigan high-school students are participating in an elective service-learning course that pairs them with elderly residents of a nursing facility to help build relationships between the generations. Among other activities, the students will interview and write biographies of the elderly residents.
Being a teacher leader means acting in a certain way, according to teacher Wendi Pillars, who in this blog lists seven verbs that describe actions taken by education leaders. Among them are to invite "others along on the journey" in collaboration, take risks, grow, act and create opportunities for others to grow, Pillars writes.