Seventeen teams of education leaders were awarded grants from the Assessment for Learning Project to explore systems that measure more than math, reading and content knowledge. One grantee, Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, partnered with 11 school districts in the state to introduce student-led assessments, which include time to reflect on learning, capstone projects and student-led conferences.
Trust is key to nurturing a healthy school culture, asserts Joe Sanfelippo, superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. Sanfelippo shares four tactics his district uses to develop trust, including being present on campuses and sharing stories about good work that staff are doing with students.
Verizon has reconsidered a plan to charge fees that would make using the Remind messaging service prohibitive for teachers and parents. The fee change, announced Monday, was reversed Wednesday following criticism from teachers and others on social media.
It is easy for teachers to feel stuck at this point during the school year, suggests fourth-grade teacher Mary Tarashuk. In this blog post, Tarashuk describes how the holiday cards sent to her by students revealed how much they have learned so far in class.
The Council of Chief State School Officers has recommended steps to help build a more diverse teaching force in US schools. A report from the organization also suggests ways to help support teachers -- in particular, teachers of color -- including to direct federal funding to workforce-diversity initiatives.
A Massachusetts middle school has integrated English-language learners into classes with native-English-speaking peers instead of separate classes. Teachers have received training on teaching ELLs, and language specialists are co-teaching classes with students demonstrating the lowest English-language proficiency.
A North Carolina school district has the largest concentration of immigrant students in the state -- more than 20,000 -- who all need help to learn English, according to this article. The district will spend more than $30 million this year to serve the students, who speak Arabic, Hindi, Russian and Spanish, among other languages.
High-school students in Connecticut have used design-thinking to help develop solutions to problems they encounter on social media. Jacquelyn Whiting, a high-school library media specialist, describes how students used the approach to consider remedies to hate speech, plus time and money wasting, among others.
Teachers can help students develop creativity by valuing, celebrating and rewarding it, writes Ben Johnson, an administrator, author and educator. Johnson shares four strategies -- with examples -- of how teachers can bolster creativity in the classroom.
The top issue faced by rural school districts is a shortage of teachers, says Allen Pratt, executive director of the National Rural Education Association. In Colorado, 40 rural administrators have dual roles -- often serving as superintendents and school principals simultaneously.
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