States in the US have been setting higher standards over the past 10 years for proficiency in reading and math on the National Assessment of Education Progress, according to a report from the National Center for Education Statistics. That shift has helped to close the gaps among states with the highest and lowest standards.
New principals should ensure they take time to care for themselves and build relationships, according to advice from five school administrators. Richard Carranza, New York City schools chancellor, also reminds the principals that they "can't do everything, so don't try."
A project by researchers from the University of Southern California and Bank Street College examines how top teachers connect with their students. Teachers -- wearing wrist monitors to track brain activity and physiological responses -- were observed in the classroom and interviewed.
Teachers use different strategies based on cognitive science to learn a classroom full of students' names quickly. Lynne Baker-Ward, professor of psychology at North Carolina State University, says cues, such as additional information and assigned seating, help with memorizing names.
A statewide program in South Carolina is recognizing school districts that offer military families special assistance by designating them as Purple Star schools. Schools with this designation offer several supports to the families, including an assigned liaison, student ambassadors and assistance joining extracurricular activities.
The number of students taking the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles assessment has more than doubled since it launched three years ago, according to the College Board. Participation among female students and students of color has also increased since its launch as has their achievement on the exam.
Engaging guest speakers and subject matter experts can help add authenticity to project-based learning, according to middle-grades teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron. In this blog post, Wolpert-Gawron shares tips to help teachers identify experts and resources from their own communities, including through museums and among parents, and how to bring them into the classroom.
Teachers can use classroom questioning practices that better support students' social and emotional learning, according to author and educator Jackie Walsh. In this article, Walsh writes offers tips, such as using response systems that reduce pressure on students and focusing on responses, not correct answers, and depending on hand-raisers.
A high-school senior in Missouri studied for 11 months in Belgium as a part of a Rotary Youth Exchange program. Hope Gowin, who returned in July, says the experience broadened her perspective of the world, introduced her to new social practices and helped improve her French language skills.
A New Mexico district is offering a video series in various languages, including a back-to-school video that features more than a dozen languages, including American Sign Language, to connect with students and their families. Officials say the series seeks to promote diversity and shares tips as well as information about the district.
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