Actor Ashton Kutcher discussed education reform, drawing on his experiences as a student and a business investor, during his keynote discussion at ASCD Empower 19. Kutcher encouraged school leaders to let students engage in purposeful, project-based work that matters to them.
Teachers at a school in Brooklyn, N.Y., for students in sixth through 10th grades aim to focus on learners' strengths. The school, where about 30% of students have special needs, focuses on personalized learning and small-group instruction, an approach that educators say helps to eliminate the stigma of receiving extra support.
Superintendent Joe Sanfelippo says his 850-student school district in Wisconsin has risen to national prominence by focusing on its brand, celebrating students and capitalizing on social media. Sanfelippo shares several aspects of the district's culture, including trusting staff to do their jobs.
Inequities in access to technology as well as other factors may affect outcomes for students in rural areas, according to two student surveys conducted by ACT. The ACT researchers make several recommendations to help bridge the equity gap, including using E-rate funding to increase students' access to technology at school and at home.
Some Washington, D.C., schools are expecting less funding and higher spending because of a combination of lower enrollment and new expenses. Initial budget documents show the school district may charge individual schools for campus security, rather than paying for those costs through the central office's budget.
Lawmakers in Colorado have proposed a bill that would require teachers to obtain new certifications and shift funds to help schools pay to implement new reading instruction. The measure outlines literacy strategies that schools must incorporate into their curricula and would use funds currently used for programs for struggling readers.
There are no "quick fixes," but teachers can work to encourage students to read on their own, writes Jarred Amato, a high-school English teacher in Tennessee. Amato, who launched a national literacy program, shares 13 strategies that educators can adopt to transform literacy.
When makers of education products conduct -- or pay to have an organization conduct -- studies on their tools, the results of those studies generally show benefits 70% higher than results from independent research, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Researchers attribute the findings to the lack of negative studies released by a developer and the ways the studies are manipulated to skew the results.
Video clips can provide students with a deeper understanding of content, but the clips need to be used in a purposeful way, writes Rebecca Alber, instructor at the University of California at Los Angeles' Graduate School of Education. Alber shares some curricular reasons and tips on using video clips in class.
AI4K12, a working group established by the Computer Science Teachers Association and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, soon may release curriculum guidelines about artificial intelligence. Officials say this is part of an effort to prepare students for future careers, but one key challenge is that many teachers lack AI training.
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