Cathy Nester started her education career as a school bus driver while earning her teaching degree. She then moved on to teach math, become a principal and was recently promoted to elementary curriculum supervisor for her district.
Music can help some students with autism express their emotions, writes Dawn Mitchell White, a music educator who has three sons with autism and formerly operated an K-12 arts school for students with developmental and learning disabilities. In addition to dedicated music instruction, Mitchell White recommends adding music to lessons and using online tools to introduce students to musical instruments.
A high school in Utah is piloting the use of SchoolPulse, a program that allows students to choose to receive mental health support including via text messages. Creators of the program said they want to reach students in their preferred method of communication -- texting.
Some school districts are offering night school to students, including a Virginia district that started a virtual night program for students who are learning English and work during the day -- in some cases, because their families have lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. The options, officials say, ensure students do not have to choose between their education and a paycheck.
Students of color are choosing in-person learning at lower rates than their white peers, and US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said that data should not be surprising. Cardona said recently that community engagement is critical to help regain trust and he encouraged districts to "share very specifically what we're going to do to help those students achieve at high levels. They deserve it."
Thirteen schools in Michigan will receive free Wi-Fi hotspots and internet access to support remote learning through a donation from AT&T and nonprofit Connected Nation. The investment is part of a $10 million nationwide commitment.
California students may be able to take various alternatives in place of the Smarter Balanced annual assessments in certain situations, the state Education Department says. Federal officials have refused to grant California a blanket waiver on the yearly assessments, and state officials are awaiting further guidance on the approval of alternatives.
Two schools in Alexandria, Va., have been renamed by the school board to remove longtime names that are linked with racism. T.C. Williams High School, named for a white superintendent who impeded integration and known for the football movie "Remember the Titans," will become Alexandria City High School, while Matthew Maury Elementary School, named for a Confederate officer, is being named to honor Naomi L. Brooks, a teacher who died last year.
Artist Comacell Brown and volunteers are painting the history of Annapolis, Md., on walls in the community. The landmark Carr's Beach, where Black musicians including James Brown played. The Future History Now group is celebrating equal justice with a mural including the likenesses of late US Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall.