NASA is providing educational resources to help engage students in the organization's planned missions. Resources include a STEM toolkit to help teach students about the James Webb Space Telescope and NASA's Artemis Student Challenges.
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs is said to have slashed priorities for the company from 10 to just the top three, a strategy that school leaders might consider, writes Jenn David-Lang, founder of The Main Idea and School Leader Masterminds. In this article, David-Lang shares five questions to help school leaders narrow their focus in the coming year.
Advances in natural-language artificial intelligence via chatbots are helping schools free up staff time by handing off repetitive tasks and strengthening connections between teachers, students and families, such as the Let's Talk Assistant being used in the Fort Wayne, Ind., and Joliet, Ill., school districts. At Worcester Polytechnic Institute, researcher Neil Heffernan is developing on-demand tutor chatbots that will work to provide support to human tutors.
"Action-packed teaching strategies that get students up and moving out of their seats" through gamification can make a difference in students' enthusiasm for learning, says John Meehan, an English teacher and instructional coach at a Catholic high school in Virginia. Meehan discusses gamification, which is among the topics he'll speak about at next year's Future of Education Technology Conference.
A Bay District Schools job fair in Florida led to 221 applications, including some for much-needed bus drivers. High-school Principal Brian Bullock said trading multiple days of interviews for the single-day event proved to be a more convenient way for the school to connect with prospective employees and make hires.
Clear, confident language can help job applicants shift an ageism narrative by highlighting their value above all else, Alicia Dara, a speech and presentation coach, asserts. Dara explains the steps in creating and refining a "personal power pitch" that will include compelling stories of successful action under pressure.
Efforts to increase pandemic-related safety in school buildings are coming as many schools are struggling with basic infrastructure-related safety concerns and an $85 billion financing gap, according to a report from the National Council on School Facilities and two other organizations. The report offers several recommendations for increasing funding for improvements, such as funneling 15% of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund money into buildings in high-need areas.
In his first school visit of the 2021-22 school year to Archbishop Wood High School in Pennsylvania, Archbishop Nelson Perez stressed embracing "love, peace and thankfulness." The archbishop also participated in a school tour given by members of the student council.
Principal Alice Hom of Yung Wing Elementary School P.S. 124 in New York City's Chinatown shares in this Q&A how the school community has responded to the challenges of the pandemic, including a rise in anti-Asian harassment. As the school prepares to welcome students and families back starting Monday, educators are working to help them feel safe and are creating a positive, culturally responsive environment, Hom says.
Online courses can help professionals develop and improve skills to increase confidence and advance their careers, says Justin Cooke of FutureLearn. Experts say that online courses in topics such as problem-solving, creative thinking, public speaking, persuasion and networking can help job seekers find and prepare for new careers.