Students whose families received text messages from school containing tips about vocabulary words being taught in class, according to an early examination of data from the Text to Talk program. Education professor Barbara Wasik, who researched the Temple University program, says the approach stands out from similar efforts because the tips are tied to the school curriculum.
An audit by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General shows poor oversight has allowed more than $1.54 million in tuition money from the GI Bill to go to "ineligible or potentially ineligible" colleges and universities from February 2015 to January 2016. Daniel Elkins, director of the Veterans Education Project, says the report doesn't distinguish between colleges that fail to file proper paperwork and those lacking academic quality.
Educators recently shared their suggestions to help improve the teaching profession, including calls for higher pay and more autonomy for teachers. Among the suggestions was for Georgia lawmakers to reinstate bonus pay for National Board Certified Teachers.
Mandy Manning, a National Board Certified Teacher and the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, says at least one teacher from every US state is coming to a mid-February teach-in in Texas, but many more are expected to participate. During the live 12-hour teach-in, educators will present lessons about immigrant children being held in US detention centers, with Manning adding, "... it's a human rights problem. It's high time we step up and do something."
A high school in Chicago uses the Freshman On-Track program, aimed at tracking ninth-graders' progress throughout the year. The program is based on University of Chicago research that points to outcomes from the ninth grade being better predictors of graduation success than family income, test scores and race, writes columnist Jay Mathews.
Educators in West Virginia are using different activities to teach students the lessons of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Some students explored works by rapper Common, and other students, in foreign-language classes, translated pamphlets about King into Spanish and Italian.
Office politics are often associated with negative connotations, but should really be viewed in a positive light as a way to get the best results, psychologist Karlyn Borysenko points out. She outlines five principles of using office politics for good in the workplace, including learning how to build relationships and becoming a master at compromising.
Manufacturing students in an Ohio school district recently saved the district about $7,500 by helping to solve a problem with the district's automatic faucets. The students manufactured a part needed to repair the faucets, which were failing.
Illinois high-school principal Chris Becker credits the hard work of teachers and parents to build relationships with students and develop the school's culture for an increase in graduation rates from 86% in 2017 to 92% in 2018. Becker says struggling students get more personalized help through their Student Assistance Program.
Students in Joy Vandal's high-school English class in Missouri recently studied and wrote letters to Medal of Honor recipients. Students first learned about the medal -- the highest military honor in the US -- then conducted research on a recipient before crafting their letters of thanks to the service member or their surviving family members.
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