A study of an online professional-development program for math teachers based on the Mathematical Quality of Instruction framework found that teacher instruction had improved and many still were using the framework two years later. However, researchers noted that students' test scores did not improve much.
During a trip to Finland, two US fathers of public-school students learned how Finland helps every child reach his or her full potential in school. In this commentary, Michael Hynes, superintendent of a Long Island school district, and author William Doyle suggest that US schools pilot 12 global education best practices they learned in Finland, including universal after-school programs and a focus on student and teacher well-being.
Students at German International School in Sydney, Australia, split their time in core classes -- such as maths and science -- learning in German and English. Students enroled at the school work toward an International Baccalaureate diploma.
A California school district updated its technology in 2014 to support online assessments, writes Jim Wasielewski, the district's technology coordinator. In this blog post, he shares several ways to help other districts adopt one-to-one technology and transition to online testing.
In more than 70% of US cities, neighborhoods grew less racially segregated between 1990 and 2015, but 62% of cities experienced an increase in school segregation during the same time frame, according to an analysis by Ryan Coughlan, a professor at Guttman Community College in New York City. Coughlan suggests that the end of legal desegregation orders and an uptick in school choice may be contributing factors.
About 2,500 students from middle school through graduate school participate in summer programs and get scholarships to learn about science, technology, engineering and math through the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program. Michael Bourdukofsky, a civil engineer and chief operating officer of ANSEP, says the program helps students combat stereotypes about native culture.
Students in New Zealand are happier and healthier than those in the US, suggests Brian Ristow, a special-education teacher at a California middle school, who traveled to the country as a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching recipient. In this blog post, he offers five ways that other countries could learn from New Zealand's success, including encouraging students to take risks and teaching them how to be responsible.
Ontario, Canada, has canceled plans to open a French-language university in Toronto's downtown in 2020. The institution was to have offered courses in business, technology and health sciences to French-speaking students who come from local schools, said Jacques Kenny, chairman of the French Catholic School board.
Two California universities have adopted a program designed to have undergraduate student tutors help preschool-aged children improve their math skills. The Preschool Counts program, first piloted in 2013 at Stanford University, is free for public-school districts.
Teachers are the backbone of the educational system, and, as such, should be supported, asserts Julia Gillard, head of the Global Partnership for Education. In this commentary, she writes about the reforms taking place to help recruit, train and retain top teachers, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.