Schools in the Washington, D.C., region are offering career workshops, job fairs and meals in response to the partial federal government shutdown. Teachers say the shutdown is affecting classrooms, where students question the divisiveness among lawmakers and express concern for furloughed workers and government-funded resources.
The key to improving students' academic performance is to develop caring relationships, suggests Carla Santorno, superintendent of a Washington state school district. Santorno says she also seeks to help students overcome barriers to learning by offering "access and opportunity."
Fourth-grade students at a Connecticut school are using the online program Newsela to choose from current-events-based reading material that match their abilities and offer challenges. Teacher Amanda Wandishion says it is part of her strategy to give students more autonomy in their learning, including taking the lead in upcoming parent-teacher conferences.
Teacher Megan Kelly modifies the "provocation" -- a strategy from the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program -- to engage students in lessons. In this blog post, she shares 11 activities she has used to spark learning and get students thinking, such as watching a video without audio or using hexagonal thinking strategies to respond to a question.
Grade 4 students at an Edmonton, Alberta, school are learning the Arabic language in a bilingual program that starts with the school's kindergarten. Though some students have home experience with the language, they are building on knowledge by learning the alphabet, spelling and pronunciation.
Researchers studying global learning have identified four models that schools have in place for global education. They include a top-down approach in North Carolina, where the state adopted a framework and method of assessment, and a more localized approach in Virginia, where individual districts are leading the charge.
Students at an Indiana school are getting cross-curricular lessons in math, science and English as they participate in a project to build a tiny house. Students used graph paper to figure out the square footage of the house and how it would be laid out and will create models out of cardstock.
Students in middle school should be taught about various career paths open to them, including how to run a business, asserts US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. DeVos gave remarks at a Gallup Organization event last week and said students should be taught to take "calculated risks," not just how to work for others.
Some private schools in the United Arab Emirates are planning to use more technology in Arabic-language courses. Officials say the move is intended to encourage more students to study the language and integrate more excitement into the lessons.
Many students do not have a proper understanding of academic integrity, writes Gina Londino-Smolar, faculty fellow at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. In this blog post, she shares how her own university teaches academic integrity and how other schools can do the same.
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