Schools should ensure equal access for English-language learners to science, technology, engineering and math instruction, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report contains recommendations on how schools can better integrate ELLs in STEM education courses.
Lawmakers and education officials in Maine are rolling back an ambitious program to move its educational system from grades to proficiency-based evaluation. The effort started in 2012, but assessments of the program found that many districts did not fully implement the system and those who did faced resistance from parents and educators.
Massachusetts is using several state-funded programs to make sure that every preschool and early-childhood educator earns a bachelor's degree. The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program helps by covering tuition costs, and the MassTransfer program ensures that community-college students can transfer their credits to a bachelor's program.
Educators can make their student assessments more rigorous by first evaluating the rigor of current assessments and then adjusting them to raise the challenge level, author Barbara Blackburn writes. In this commentary, she outlines three basic steps leaders can take to improve assessment quality.
Before introducing a one-to-one device program in the classroom, school districts should carefully consider the budget they have -- including a maintenance budget -- and should weigh their options before deciding on which devices to purchase, writes Lenovo Software's director of inside sales, Jessica Menasian. In this commentary, she also says that school districts should ensure they have effective digital policies in place to protect students.
Despite a Missouri state law mandating that the government reimburse up to 75% of school transportation costs, the state legislature has not allocated sufficient funds leading to large deficits for many school districts. Rep. Rick Francis says the low level of reimbursements hits rural districts hard because buses often have to travel further to pick up students.
Four states -- Georgia, Kansas, South Carolina and Hawaii -- have indicated their interest in being part of an innovative assessment pilot for the Every Student Succeeds Act. Up to seven states can join the pilot, which would allow them to try various tests in a few districts before taking them statewide.
To bridge the gap between the "digital participation divide," schools need to use a systems-level approach to teach educators, students and parents useful digital citizenship skills, write Future Ready teacher Matt Hiefield and program and policy development specialist Vanessa Monterosa. In this commentary, they suggest districts develop policies about how to use technology and that they integrate conversations about digital citizenship and participation in the curriculum.
Some teachers are integrating lessons in computer science across the curriculum, according to Pat Yongpradit, chief academic officer for Code.org. At a private school in Massachusetts, English teacher Peter Nilsson has students use coding to analyze texts, including news articles, speeches and rap lyrics.
Educators are tapping real-world experiences to teach science, technology, engineering and math lessons. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association offers curricula and resources to teach students about flight, while iFly offers indoor skydiving experiences to students learning about velocity, force and motion.
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