The public hostility spilling out of community meetings across the US on topics including mask mandates and critical race theory is rooted in the fear and anger of adults, according to Jennifer Wolfe, who is National Board Certified and the 2021 New York State Teacher of the Year. In this commentary, Wolfe shares the challenges of teaching the students -- including some related to the angry adults -- while in this climate and shares what she says is at risk, including "the collective health of our nation."
A State Seal of Civic Engagement will be offered to the high-school diplomas of students in California's Palm Springs Unified School District who have, among other things, been recognized for their civic mindedness as well as demonstrated knowledge of the US Constitution. The school's board voted unanimously to approve the addition of the seal, created by the state in 2017, with plans to develop in-school opportunities for students across all grades to engage in civics and conduct annual reviews of the offerings.
Educators report that student morale has improved since last spring, particularly at schools that returned to in-person instruction, but morale is still lower than it was before the pandemic, according to a survey from the EdWeek Research Center. Data shows 58% of teachers and school leaders report student morale is lower than before the pandemic, compared with 67% who said the same in April.
Eight school districts will share $102 million from the Wallace Foundation to train school principals to support equity. The five-year grant will support projects in Baltimore City Schools; Columbus City Schools in Ohio; Fresno Unified School District in California; Portland Public Schools in Oregon; San Antonio Independent School District; the District of Columbia Public Schools; and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina.
Students took about 1.8 million Advanced Placement exams online this administration -- out of 4.8 million exams -- an effort Jeremy Singer, College Board president, describes as one of the largest online assessments ever. In this opinion piece, Singer shares several lessons learned from this experience, including the need to build upon efforts to close technology gaps.
In each episode of T&L's Honor Role podcast, guests are asked how they take care of their health and wellness and balance the demands of leadership and other responsibilities. Some common themes have emerged. Most guests emphasized the centrality of health and wellness to their ability to be in service to others, noting that self-care fuels their work. The importance of sleep, good nutrition, and physical movement are central to self-care as well as music, laughter, meditation, and joy, particularly during this time of ongoing disruption. "Understand that self-care is not selfish," says Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease, Bibb County (GA) Schools Chief of Staff. "We can't lead others if we don't care for ourselves."
Working for an embassy or consulate in a foreign country might not be the career path most IT professionals take, but that’s part of what appealed to Enoch Masih, an information technology major at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. “IT has so many different options but this is certainly a unique one, getting to travel so far away and also being able to do something that serves your country in a small way,” says Masih, a Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellow. The program is run by the U.S. Department of State and The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, and provides students pursuing an IT-related bachelor’s or master’s degree the opportunity to apply to practice their tech skills internationally while serving U.S. diplomacy.
Everyone Can Code Early Learners is the latest coding for students offering from tech giant Apple. This resource has been created for elementary school students and educators with coding training from kindergarten all the way to college age. The idea is to teach students how to code and app design using the company's own Swift programming language. This is so simple to use that it's designed not only for trained educators but also for families to use with children at home.
A planet the size of Jupiter circling a deceased white dwarf star about 6,500 light-years from Earth is offering a glimpse of what may happen when the sun burns out roughly 5 billion years from now, a study in Nature suggests. Researchers were surprised to discover that the gas giant survived its sun-like star's death, and the findings suggest that other dead stars also may be associated with planets that survived their violent demises.
High-school students in Missouri recently focused on innovation and opportunity at an event to mark Manufacturing Day. During the event, students viewed live demonstrations by 17 manufacturers, as well as virtual reality demos.
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