Since ASCD first introduced its initiative on whole-child learning 12 years ago, the concept has grown and now is central to most conversations about education, write David Griffith and Sean Slade of ASCD. In this commentary, they discuss the future of educating students to be "knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically inspired, engaged in the arts" and prepared for the world beyond the classroom.
Students benefit from assessments designed by their own teachers, according to Brandon Lewis, an analyst at the nonprofit Bellwether Education Partners. In this commentary, Lewis writes about his experience as a teacher and the need for assessment-literate teachers who have access to data coaches and professional development to create assessments and analyze the results.
A Tennessee district featured a comprehensive professional development program with its rollout of the Gaggle student safety management platform, according to Dallas Hicks, technology director in the district. In this commentary, Hicks writes about the approach, which included time for teachers to learn for themselves how to use the platform.
Several schools in Grand Island, Neb., have opened their libraries to students during summer break. Officials said the effort seeks to keep students reading during the summer, allow students to check out books and engage in story times and crafts at the schools.
Teachers can make social studies more relevant and engaging to students by incorporating inquiry-based projects into history lessons and helping students develop their historical thinking skills, writes high-school humanities teacher Annie Brown in response to a question posed on a blog post. Other educators offer ideas for teaching history, including embracing the concept of history through connections among humans, resources and land.
Teenage summer interns in Philadelphia learned the basics of financial literacy before receiving their first paychecks. Philadelphia Youth Networks organized the class to help teens understand the importance of saving and budgeting, plus other concepts.
School psychologists can help students who struggle with anxiety related to math classes by identifying problems and creating a plan of action to support them, writes Kelsey Gould, a Ph.D. student at the University of Calgary. Parents also can help ease anxiety by creating fun math activities at home and praising their children's efforts, she writes.
A group of Canadian students have spent their summer building doghouses, birdhouses and other structures to learn how math relates to carpentry. The students worked with members of a local carpentry union to complete their projects.
People with disabilities have high rates of joblessness and underemployment, but Karla Phillips and Travis Pillow write that states can take steps to ensure that students in special education are prepared to thrive in the working world. They suggest that states make better use of the longitudinal data they already gather about outcomes for students with special needs and develop tailored approaches for different disabilities.
About 40 high school girls attended this year's Radford University's Summer Bridge STEM camp, and 12 of them signed up for "Bits and Bots," a math-intensive program in which participants built and launched rockets. The Virginia university holds the camp each year to engage girls in STEM and potential career possibilities.
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