Seventh-graders studying STEM at Waynesville Middle School in North Carolina worked in teams for a month to build robots for their peers in special education to use in their adapted gym class. For example, students with special needs can operate a robot that can throw a ball for them, said Lily Hill, a student team leader.
An Alabama task force made up of 18 education officials are proposing 33 recommendations to recruit and retain teachers, including pay raises and temporary teaching certificates. The state board of education will vote next month on whether to adopt the recommendations and move them forward.
Middle- and high-school students at two Iowa schools are stowing away their technology to meet teachers and peers through randomly-assigned seats during lunch on Fridays. Students were skeptical at first, says principal Janet Behrens, but now are rediscovering "the lost art" of having a conversation without technology in the mix.
The Maryland State Board of Education will include two new members in 2020 -- a certified teacher and the parent of a child currently enrolled in a public school. The governor will appoint the parent to the board while the teacher will be elected.
Drama students from a Florida middle school recently visited a Halloween attraction to learn more about doing a spooky production, including makeup and set decoration. Theater teacher Meagan Nagy says she wants students to learn that budget constraints need not hinder their efforts or their imaginations as they prepare their school's own haunted house.
Leaders can avoid four "deadly sins" of employee development by making growth an ongoing process that focuses on improving performance, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. Don't assume all employees are seeking a promotion or pay raise, she writes, because surveys have shown most people are simply "looking for ways to expand their skills and contributions."
Southwestern Oregon Community College, in partnership with Southern Oregon University, has launched a three-year associate degree program that allows students to pursue teaching degrees to stem a growing teacher shortage, according to SWOCC staff. Students intern at local schools to gain classroom experience.
A middle school that has a one-to-one Chromebook program in place also schedules some screen-free days, principal Matthew Howell writes. In this blog post, he shares how the approach helps to give students some balance regarding screen time and offer opportunities for positive, tech-free learning experiences.
As of September, 17 states have reported their school-level spending numbers under the Every Student Succeeds Act. This year is the deadline for states to comply with the law, and this article details how the process affects school leaders, teachers, parents and policy-makers.
Georgia middle-school teacher Shana White wants all of her students to feel safe and welcome in her classroom, so she uses a five-step exercise to encourage them to explore their own identities and learn to accept differences in others. She urges students in her health class to "Stop, Collaborate, and Listen" when considering the identities of others with the goal of developing greater empathy.