In a suburban community near Denver, an education company is testing a mobile preschool program to help expand access to early-childhood education for area families. They spent more than $200,000 to turn a bus into a learning space and visit an area where preschool demand outstrips supply.
Some of the top 10 technology trends for 2019 are making inroads in the classroom, according to Gartner. Autonomous machines, augmented analytics and smart spaces are among the emerging trends, with some educators already using them for engaged learning.
A report highlights the importance of liberal arts skills and degrees in the workforce and how colleges can best teach such skills and employers can improve recruitment of such students. Rob Sentz, chief innovation officer at Emsi and co-author of the report, says the research shows "the integration of human and technical skills" will best prepare students to succeed in the workplace.
Shared decision-making -- the deliberate process of school leaders enlisting the input of teachers, parents, community members and others -- has benefits and some challenges, write leadership consultants Ron Williamson and Barbara Blackburn. In this article, they offer ways to implement shared decision-making, including through leadership teams.
It is important to set the tone from the start of political discussions that differing views will be respected, asserts Toni Rivera Ramos, a high-school social studies teacher at a public virtual school in California. In this commentary, she shares three strategies to help support constructive conversation, including by engaging in dialogue, rather than debate.
Some Palestinian college students in the West Bank are learning Mandarin in a course designed to help them expand their knowledge beyond European languages and build cultural ties to Chinese communities. The students are learning from teacher Alicia Stickney, a Korea-born American who learned Chinese at Oklahoma University before studying in Shanghai.
High-school welding students in Illinois recently completed work on a grill that will be used at a nearby lodge that will serve as a place to heal for military veterans. The lodge is being built in memory of a service member who died in Afghanistan.
Three elementary schools in a Colorado district are offering after-school career-exploration classes funded by local nonprofit Impact on Education. The classes aim to help connect academic learning to the real world and include courses in bicycle repair, first aid and computer science.
Plans are underway for a clinical trial of four Ebola treatments in the Democratic Republic of Congo, site of a current outbreak. The antiviral drug Remdesivir and antibodies mAB 114, REGN 3470-3471-3479 and ZMapp are already being given to patients as compassionate-use treatments in the DRC, but the clinical trial, which may be expanded to other countries, will have necessary standardization of data about the medications' efficacy.
Black students who were taught by at least two black teachers by third grade were 32% more likely to go to college than peers who did not encounter black teachers, according to a Johns Hopkins University study. A second study by many of the same researchers also showed black teachers often have higher expectations of black students, especially in subjects such as math and reading, than their white counterparts.
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