Fifth-graders at an Ohio school are improving their literacy skills by writing in daily journals about gratitude as part of the New York-based nonprofit Grateful Peoples Project. The school started the initiative with an assembly that included a FaceTime call with musical actor Lexi Garcia, who spoke to students about how to show more gratitude in their lives.
Educators can help build a classroom community by teaching students to use group salutes, or physical gestures of recognition or respect, to mark interactions between classmates, education professors Jessica Hockett and Kristina Doubet write in this blog post. They describe how the strategy can be implemented, and cite research to support their use.
The Colorado Department of Education has unveiled an alternative history curriculum on indigenous peoples for fourth-grade students. The lessons -- written and approved by the Southern Ute and the Ute Mountain Ute tribes -- cover areas such as tribal governance, language and arts.
North Dakota school district Superintendent Jeffrey Thake says he wants his district to be a leader in implementing personalized learning, and he has engaged teachers in professional development to learn new teaching methods. In this job, Thake has visited district schools and says teachers have his permission to try new things to improve academic outcomes.
One Indiana middle school will pilot a Telehealth initiative that allows medical professionals to evaluate patients from remote locations. School trustee Wilma Vazquez says the system may make it so that students do not have to miss school for some doctor visits and families without health insurance can get treatment for their children.
Bold ideas are often picked apart until there's nothing unique left, unless leaders adopt a curious mindset that gives every proposal a chance, writes Jennifer V. Miller. "Even if the idea doesn't come to fruition, your team will see that you support their innovations and are willing to give them the needed incubation time for an idea's promise to show itself," she writes.
One Florida county's school board has voted to allow schools to hire substitute teachers who may not have a bachelor's degree in an effort to ease a substitute shortage. Officials say the rule change will allow schools to hire substitutes with two-year degrees.
The Texas State Board of Education this week, in a preliminary vote, restored history lessons on famous women such as former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller following a contentious public hearing. A final vote on changes to the state's history curriculum is expected Friday.
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.
College and university leaders can find support for their innovation and business model changes by forging partnerships with trustees and board members to help mitigate risk, writes Aaron Aska, vice president for administration and finance at New Jersey City University. True partnerships, Aska asserts in this commentary, will help trustees and board members take ownership of advancing the institution's future success.