Some schools in Pennsylvania are focusing on reforming literacy instruction to help boost the number of students reading proficiently by end of third grade, writes Penny Nixon of the Universal Companies charter school network. Nixon shares how the schools overhauled instruction, including putting a greater focus on phonics and getting buy-in from principals.
The National Board Certification process helped demonstrate the importance of reflection and feedback in teaching, writes National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein, who integrated such practices into her classroom. In this blog post, Sackstein shares how educators can scaffold reflection through questions and help students examine their learning to improve outcomes.
Now might be a good time to declutter classrooms, suggests middle-grades educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron, who calls out her own classroom as "organized chaos." In this blog post, Wolpert-Gawron offers tips to help declutter while maintaining the classroom culture.
Social studies students in an eastern Kentucky high school are learning about the lives of refugees through online video conference calls with a 28-year-old Syrian refugee living in Turkey. The students have weekly calls to Turkey, a connection facilitated by an organization that hires displaced individuals to connect with students around the world for lessons, including language.
An elementary-school art teacher in Pennsylvania says she uses social media -- mainly Instagram -- for ideas and professional development. Recently, she shared her idea for an art project, which included taxidermy, a local trade.
Illinois culinary arts instructor Athenia Travis discusses in this Q&A how her dyslexia helps her relate to her students with special needs. She also describes how she adapts lessons to students who need differing supports, so everyone is participating in the same lessons and with the same recipe.
A South Carolina school has successfully improved reading scores after adopting a multisensory approach to instruction, writes Jane Harrison, assistant superintendent of instruction for Anderson School District One. Harrison describes how the district made the transition, including adopting teacher-driven professional development.
The US Department of Education has approved plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act for every state and Washington, D.C. Now, however, as some states -- including Michigan, New Mexico, Indiana, South Carolina and Wyoming -- plan revisions to their ESSA plan, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will have to decide whether to allow such reforms.
Newer teachers in Los Angeles are more likely to be in classrooms with a higher number of struggling students, a trend that can affect teachers' career paths and outcomes for students, according to a recent study. Officials in the district say they work to place teachers fairly and tap top teachers, including National Board Certified Teachers, to mentor educators who are less experienced in the classroom.
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