A high-school junior in Michigan has turned his end-of-year history report -- about abolitionist John Brown -- into a 40-minute documentary called "Madman or Martyr." The film, set to premiere tonight at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, was created after hours of online research and interviews with historians, said Luke Jaden, who is now a senior at Detroit Country Day High School. "Once I started researching, I fell in love with the topic," he said. "John Brown is one of the greatest American heroes, in my opinion."
Students at D.C. Everest Middle School in Weston, Wis., are working to improve school culture by placing positive notes on lockers. The notes, which contained messages such as "Just be you" and "You look great" were found by students returning for the new semester. "I think it's really important for these kids to know that you're not just in school. You're part of a community, and it's kind of a family," teacher Dallas Rennie said.
Three school districts have included their librarians as an integral part of the digital transformation taking place in education. This article includes tips for school leaders, policymakers and librarians, and examples of leveraging librarians in the use of school technology. Librarians in the Avon Community School Corp. in Indiana train their colleagues on using technology and collaborate or co-teach with classroom teachers.
Plans to offer universal full-day prekindergarten in New York state, according to state Education Commissioner John King, could cost about $1.6 billion, a higher amount than Gov. Andrew Cuomo has sought in his budget. King said the cost is so great that expansion would need to take place over time. Cuomo's plan includes $1.5 billion spent over five years, but he also has pledged to invest whatever is needed to support his pre-K program.
Lectures are a valid and effective instructional method despite a negative reputation, writes Todd Finley, Edutopia editorial assistant and blogger. In this blog post, he offers several ways teachers can create more dynamic lectures and enhance their impact on students. Among his tips are to set clear goals to students and to use different styles, formats and media in lectures.