Teachers at a Maryland school that focuses on students with learning differences such as dyslexia are using teaching approaches including project-based learning but have struggled to assess student learning. The educators share how they work together to plan and use "authentic" assessments to measure the learning of students.
Coach John Kucela teaches students in special education at Georgia's North Augusta High School everything from academics to color guard to golf-cart driving to ensure that they forge ties in the school and the community. Kucela, the school's Teacher of the Year, says he wants his students to leave school with work, life and communication skills that will serve them in whatever they do next.
Lessons in social and emotional learning have been associated with testing gains, but a recent study of elementary-school students in Pennsylvania found less-impressive results. Researchers at Penn State found some testing gains for students who participated in an SEL program, but overall gains were not statistically significant.
Math achievement has improved at an Oregon high school since it adopted an approach that uses tests as learning tools. The College Preparatory Mathematics curriculum, which the school adopted in 2016, allows students to review tests before and after taking them -- helping to ease test anxiety -- and focuses on collaboration among teachers.
Experts, researchers and educators told the International Literacy Association they worry that school curricula and teacher training are inadequate for the needs of students who need literacy support. The group's "What's Hot in Literacy Survey" also found that while teachers want to remedy educational inequity, they aren't getting the support and resources that would enable them to do so effectively.
The alphabets of some lesser-known languages face extinction along with the languages themselves, some linguists and other observers say. A language's scripts are unique and offer a window into culture, they say, prompting some speakers to preserve those scripts or create new alphabet systems to save languages.
Research shows the benefits of phonics lessons in early-literacy instruction, but data shows that teacher training programs may be offering mixed messages about best practices. An Education Week survey of about 530 early-reading professors finds that 22% focused on explicit, systemic phonics, while 57% teach a more balanced literacy philosophy.
Colleges are facing pushback on the use of facial-recognition technology on campuses, with critics saying it is untested and could threaten personal privacy. The nonprofit advocacy organizations Fight for the Future and Students for Sensible Drug Policy launched the "Ban Facial Recognition on Campus" campaign, which is seeking greater transparency regarding colleges' use of the technology.
A Virginia middle school has canceled a planned exchange visit from students in China amid concerns of the potential spread of the deadly coronavirus. The move comes after parents raised concerns about the visit of students from Yichang, which is about 175 miles west of Wuhan, where the outbreak is believed to have originated.
Spruce Mountain High School industrial arts and technology teacher Daniel Lemieux teaches fourth-graders about fractions and measuring with a hands-on project that reinforces learning. Students measure and mark a wooden block to make the pattern for their choice of a key ring or jewelry holder, which Lemieux then cuts out.