A national effort is underway to offer training to help high-school teachers bring quantum physics into classrooms. The Quantum for All initiative, led by educators at the University of Texas at Arlington, will include virtual workshops that are set to begin next month and in-person events next year.
Observances of Juneteenth have spread across the US, including to the White House where President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a bill to designate Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Juneteenth has lacked a widespread presence in history lessons, but some teachers share their experiences with teaching students about the landmark events of June 19, 1865, when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned they had been freed from slavery.
Enrollment in K-12 public schools fell by nearly 1.3 million, or close to 3%, during the 2020-21 school year, according to an Education Week analysis. Data shows that every state -- of the 47 states and the District of Columbia that were considered -- lost enrollment during the pandemic school year.
Improving connectivity for students can benefit the global economy, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit report. Researchers found that better connectivity -- and improved learning outcomes for students -- leads to socioeconomic gains.
School districts in some states and Washington, D.C., quickly moved to cancel classes today to recognize the addition of Juneteenth -- June 19 -- as a federal holiday marking the end of slavery. President Joe Biden signed a bill into law Thursday making the commemoration a national holiday.
"The last thing some of us want to do in the summer is take a class but the reality is summer is the perfect time to take advantage of great learnings and have enough time to put those learnings into practice in your planning for next school year," writes Dr. Kecia Ray. Her tips for summertime enrichment include joining or starting a book club and participating in an educator workshop at a local or national park.
Oakland Undivided was launched at the beginning of the pandemic with the mission of ensuring every public school student had three things: a computer, internet connection, and tech support available at their home. "You really need all three to say that you've served that family equitably," says Susan Beltz, chief technology officer at Oakland USD. Thanks to Oakland Undivided, more than 25,000 laptops have been purchased along with 10,000 hotspots. Now, 98 percent of Oakland's low-income students have a computer, access to the internet, and culturally competent tech support.
Prodigy is a math-focused blended learning tool that connects in-class and at-home learning for a hybrid system. The game-based program uses a role-playing adventure to engage students in math-focused activities. As students learn and understand the math, they can progress through the game and improve their learning. Teachers can select from a variety of curricular standards when setting up a class. They can even select specific skills for certain students as needed.
The Signing Owls, Bensalem High School's American Sign Language club, advocates for students who are deaf or have hearing impairments and teaches about deaf culture. The club is planning a fundraiser featuring the movie "Versa Effect," a silent film featuring sign language and captions, to raise awareness about the experiences of people who are deaf.
Jessica Cabeen, a Minnesota middle-school principal, spent a semester co-teaching during the coronavirus pandemic to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by her school's teachers and students. In this article, Cabeen describes what she learned and how the experience made her a better leader.
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