About 1,500 teachers in Maryland, Colorado and Iowa soon will learn more about how students' brains work under a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative-backed pilot program. The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning has received $1 million from the initiative to expand its Neuroteach Global online professional-development platform that provides short lessons about "the science behind how the brain learns, works, and thrives," said Glenn Whitman, the center's director.
Photography is a great way to engage students in academic lessons, suggests educator Jennifer Sullivan. In this blog post, she shares four ways students who have autism may benefit from this approach, including by encouraging independence and offering their perspectives.
Reflection is a key part of National Board Certification, Starr Sackstein writes. In this blog post, Sackstein writes that looking back on her certification journey shows her how much she has grown as an educator and teacher-leader since becoming a National Board Certified Teacher.
More than 100 people this week attended the Voices of Our Ancestors Native Language Summit, a three-day meeting to bring together speakers and others of Alaska's Native languages to focus on cultural and language preservation. Students spoke in indigenous languages in presentations during the summit, held in Juneau, Alaska.
A Michigan school district plans to offer a more diverse book selection in its second- and third-grade classroom libraries by April. The Kalamazoo Public Schools launched an initiative to better engage more students of color in reading by having books with characters that look like them, said Angela Justice, coordinator for English-language arts, social studies and library services.
Schools increasingly are focused on ensuring that education technologies are available to all students, including students with slow internet connections and those with disabilities. This increased focus is putting pressure on the education-technology industry to make accessibility solutions more affordable.
Congressional Democrats introduced a measure this week that would ban schools that receive federal funds from using isolation rooms and would limit when they can use physical restraints. The Keeping All Students Safe Act would set a "nationwide minimum safety standard," said Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., and complement an Every Student Succeeds Act requirement that districts develop behavioral-intervention plans.
Students from low-income families in Maine perform worse in math and reading than peers from wealthier families, and the disparity affects their overall academic success, according to a report by Educate Maine. "The achievement gap seen in earlier grades carries forward into high school," the report's authors write.
Fifth-graders at an Ohio school are improving their literacy skills by writing in daily journals about gratitude as part of the New York-based nonprofit Grateful Peoples Project. The school started the initiative with an assembly that included a FaceTime call with musical actor Lexi Garcia, who spoke to students about how to show more gratitude in their lives.
Educator Deirdre Brotherson says the strategies she uses to help students learn to ask questions could be used to improve parental engagement. She uses the Question Formulation Technique developed by Dan Rothstein, who says that process can help parents feel less defensive and focus more on collaboration.
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