New Mississippi school district superintendent Coke Magee says one of his top priorities is to create an atmosphere in schools that attracts and retains new teachers. Magee, who began his career as a teacher, says he "got into education because I wanted to teach a little history and coach a little ball."
Public middle schools in Brooklyn's District 15 are becoming more integrated under a new diversity plan, according to the city's education department. The plan ended competitive screening and assigns students by lottery in an effort to ensure that middle-school populations better reflect the district's overall demographics, and, while some schools still have room for improvement, the general trend is encouraging, proponents of the plan say.
Some social studies teachers are using the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump as a teachable moment by folding it into their classroom discussions. Lessons include walking students through the two-step process of impeachment and how to have respectful discussions with others who don't share their opinions.
Educator and consultant John Warner in this blog post supports an argument made by author Herb Childress that universities should consider promoting adjunct staff to fill open faculty positions. "Because this person has already established a home both at the institution and in the community, they are up and running as a full member of the department nearly instantly," he notes.
Eighth-graders at St. Louis Park Middle School in Minnesota are taking part in the "We Share Solar" project, which brings solar power to schools in refugee camps. The students are constructing 12-volt power sources called "solar suitcases," and are learning about climate science and energy in the process, teacher Katie Small says.
Steven Hubbell, the new assistant principal of Burroughs High School in California, credits his bosses and mentors with helping him move from teaching into administration. In his new position, he will be in charge of athletics and activities, and Tom Crowther, the principal at his former school, praised him as "the guy who likes to have a face-to-face conversation and work through issues, which is what people respect about him."
The Nebraska State Board of Education approved new social studies standards that require students to view historical events from several perspectives, especially from groups that have been marginalized or underrepresented. The standards, which will be implemented beginning in the 2020-21 school year, also encourage the use of data, primary sources and inquiry.
One Kansas City school district has boosted pay, once again, for substitute teachers to attract them to the classroom. Experts say low unemployment and a change in teacher policies that limit how much time retired teachers can spend in the classroom are factors in the shortage.
Students in third, fourth and fifth grades at Frank Jacinto Elementary in Lorain, Ohio, will keep gratitude journals this year as part of the Grateful Peoples Project. The project is aimed at helping students improve their writing, learn more about themselves and become more aware of positive things in their lives.
Kari Pepper, the Colorado Art Education Association's state Art Educator of the Year, wants her students to pursue their individual creative visions rather than adhere to cookie-cutter ideas of what art should be. Pepper, who teaches at Mountain Middle School in Durango, Colo., encourages students to explore STEAM and looks for ways their art skills might be applied to their future careers.
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