In a suburban community near Denver, an education company is testing a mobile preschool program to help expand access to early-childhood education for area families. They spent more than $200,000 to turn a bus into a learning space and visit an area where preschool demand outstrips supply.
Shared decision-making -- the deliberate process of school leaders enlisting the input of teachers, parents, community members and others -- has benefits and some challenges, write leadership consultants Ron Williamson and Barbara Blackburn. In this article, they offer ways to implement shared decision-making, including through leadership teams.
It is important to set the tone from the start of political discussions that differing views will be respected, asserts Toni Rivera Ramos, a high-school social studies teacher at a public virtual school in California. In this commentary, she shares three strategies to help support constructive conversation, including by engaging in dialogue, rather than debate.
Some Palestinian college students in the West Bank are learning Mandarin in a course designed to help them expand their knowledge beyond European languages and build cultural ties to Chinese communities. The students are learning from teacher Alicia Stickney, a Korea-born American who learned Chinese at Oklahoma University before studying in Shanghai.
Black students who were taught by at least two black teachers by third grade were 32% more likely to go to college than peers who did not encounter black teachers, according to a Johns Hopkins University study. A second study by many of the same researchers also showed black teachers often have higher expectations of black students, especially in subjects such as math and reading, than their white counterparts.
Computer-supported collaborative learning can result in greater academic achievement, according to an analysis conducted by researchers at the University of Hong Kong, the Open University of the Netherlands and the National Taiwan Normal University. The researchers looked at more than 400 studies and found that collaborating with technology favorably compared with face-to-face collaborative learning.
The new 2018 English Proficiency Index, released by global language training company Education First, compares English proficiency among nonnative English speakers in 88 countries worldwide. Sweden placed at the top of the ranking, and last year's top-ranked country, the Netherlands, slid to second.
Social and emotional learning programs can help improve students' grades and behavior, assert educator and author Tom Hierck and University of Wisconsin-Madison emeritus professor Kent Peterson. In this blog post, they share strategies to help schools start and benefit from SEL programs.
A San Antonio high school next fall is planning to open a Pathways in Technology Early College High School focused on cybersecurity education. It will be one of more than 30 such high schools in the state where students can earn diplomas, associate degrees, certifications and undertake work-based training.
Close to 50% of children and teens didn't receive the recommended 420 minutes of physical activity per week and 5% didn't engage in any exercise, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics' annual meeting. The findings, based on data involving medical records from 7,822 youths ages 5 to 18, should prompt the inclusion of exercise among the "vital signs" evaluated during routine pediatric health checks, researchers said.
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