Systems for evaluating teachers may be skewed against teachers of color, according to a study in Michigan that found that a greater number of African American and Hispanic teachers received poor ratings. While 3% of teachers in Michigan were rated ineffective, teachers of color were 50% more likely to receive low ratings than their white peers in the same school.
George Lucas, the "Star Wars" creator and movie director, and Steve Arnold, Polaris Ventures' co-founder and partner emeritus, co-founded an educational foundation aimed at reimagining K-12 education. In this interview, Arnold describes how the foundation aims to work with educators and show them what is working -- rather than dictating education reforms.
Students can learn by teaching, writes Elizabeth Aguila, a career and technical education teacher. Aguila shares how her own students at a high-school teaching academy made gains by teaching preschool-age students a lesson in coding.
One of the biggest obstacles for middle-schoolers is writing endurance, asserts Jeremy Hyler, a middle-school English teacher. In this blog post, Hyler shares how to help prepare students for longer writing assignments, such as with an "About Me" assignment to start the school year and writing not for length but to say what needs to be said.
Veterans spoke to students in New York and New Jersey -- some of them alumni of the schools -- to remind students of the importance of remembering fallen US service members on Memorial Day. Some California second-graders placed flags on the graves of members of the military while students in Pennsylvania lined their school's driveway with 800 flags and read essays about freedom.
The Consortium for School Networking released two tools this week designed to help school districts better calculate the costs of K-12 interoperability projects that connect schools' digital systems. The tools are part of the consortium's Interoperability Standards initiative.
Two separate coalitions are asking federal lawmakers to take teacher diversity into account when considering education policy. One of the coalitions -- which includes several advocacy groups, such as The Education Trust and the National Education Association -- is seeking to reform Teacher Quality Partnerships to boost diversity.
Students in Connecticut who experience trauma may go on to be designated by their schools as having an "emotional disturbance," a designation linked to a higher likelihood of suspension and expulsion, a report from Connecticut Public Radio finds. Black students are far more likely than others to receive the designation, and the disciplinary actions that often result can affect them for life, according to the National Center for Special Education Research.
City and school officials in Denver have launched a program that provides those ages 12 to 18 with free transit passes, available on their smartphones, to use over the summer. Officials will monitor the data to see how students use the pass and build an argument for offering it during the school year, which would benefit students who attend schools outside their assigned area.
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