It is important during the coronavirus pandemic to keep in mind that "less is more," according to National Board Certified Teacher Rita Platt, an elementary-school principal in Wisconsin. In this blog post, Platt describes how educators in her school narrowed priorities to three to five standards to prepare students for the next grade.
LGBTQ high-schoolers at a California school are welcomed into an English classroom that is decorated with pride-themed classroom decor, says Jennica Leather, who highlights the importance of treating all people well. In this blog post by Larry Ferlazzo, Leather and others share inclusion strategies, including elementary-school teacher Jennifer Orr, who uses books, such as "The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher" about two dads with four sons, and a transgender girl's picture-book autobiography, "I Am Jazz."
Starting an afterschool Project LIT chapter was one of middle-school English teacher Elizabeth Blye's "single best decisions," she says in this interview. The national literacy program -- started in 2016 by a Tennessee teacher to address "book deserts" -- seeks to expose students to books that feature diverse languages, cultures and experiences, such as "From the Desk of Zoe Washington," a Janae Marks novel that addresses issues of mass incarceration of Black men and wrongly convicted inmates.
It is critical to identify and support struggling readers in middle grades, asserts Seth Feldman, superintendent of the Bay Area Technology School in Oakland, Calif. In this blog post, Feldman shares how his school approaches this challenge, including by maintaining and monitoring a bathroom log to identify students who may be using the breaks to evade classroom lessons.
Even amid the push to reopen schools, some families have come to prefer online instruction during the coronavirus pandemic. Several hundred districts have adopted virtual schools this school year, and researchers say districts are looking to maintain them in the years ahead.
President Joe Biden on Friday released his $1.5 trillion spending proposal for fiscal year 2022, which includes close to $103 billion for the Education Department -- a 40.8% increase from the previous fiscal year. The proposal includes $36.5 billion in Title I grants -- $20 billion more than the 2021 level and the largest investment in the program's history.
B117, the coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom, is spreading more easily among children and there is mounting evidence they are getting sicker from it, says Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, and director of CIDRAP at the University of Minnesota. "I have been a very strong supporter of opening schools K through eighth grade because we just had not seen the more widespread transmission there," says Osterholm. But previous data on limited school transmission doesn't apply to B117. "We're going to have to pull back. We want our kids in school--I'm right up there, ok--but this is a game changer, just simply a game changer."
"Women bring collaboration and cooperation into leadership, not just competition," says Mónica García, who proudly represents Board District 2 in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). "Women are resourceful problem solvers." Using her understanding of power, communication, and relationships, García advocates for graduation, equity, and justice.
Grants are very competitive, so thinking about what the judges expect to see before you submit your proposal is critical to success. You can even work backward and address each item as you compose your narrative. How do you know what they are looking for? To start with, read information about the organization itself to get a sense of what is important to them. Why are they supporting education? What difference do they want to make? Check previous grants they've funded to see how close your idea is to other proposals they've liked in the past. And look for any criteria or list of scoring rubrics that they use.
Illustrating the value of mistakes can speed learning progress, according to researcher and author Greg McKeown. He gives the example of a Spanish teacher who provides students with a bag full of beads at the beginning of the year, then removes one every time they make a mistake -- and lets students know that they have reached level-one mastery when the bag is empty.
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