Mississippi is taking steps to address a shortage of teachers by modifying licensing requirements and establishing teacher-pipeline programs. One approach calls for a teacher-residency program, in which educators will spend time learning in the classroom of a National Board Certified Teacher or a "highly skilled" teacher for two years.
Students at a Michigan high school who volunteer as peer tutors for students in special education have formed a club called Social Light to provide chances for the students to interact outside of classes. Students play games during meetings and are looking for community service projects for future activities.
Crimes targeting individuals with disabilities have risen along with a 17% spike in overall hate crimes in 2017, according to the FBI. However, the rise could be attributed to close to 900 more agencies reporting hate crime statistics to the FBI last year.
Philadelphia public media provider WHYY is establishing student media labs in 18 more schools in the city's school district. The partnership between the schools, the broadcaster and other organizations includes media production equipment, resources and training, as well as opportunities for student-journalists in audio and video production and journalism.
A "Hallway of Heroes" project recently brought military veterans, police officers, firefighters and other community members to a school in New York. Students wrote letters to 200 members of the community to ask how they chose their careers and invited them to speak about their jobs at the school.
In a suburban community near Denver, an education company is testing a mobile preschool program to help expand access to early-childhood education for area families. They spent more than $200,000 to turn a bus into a learning space and visit an area where preschool demand outstrips supply.
Shared decision-making -- the deliberate process of school leaders enlisting the input of teachers, parents, community members and others -- has benefits and some challenges, write leadership consultants Ron Williamson and Barbara Blackburn. In this article, they offer ways to implement shared decision-making, including through leadership teams.
It is important to set the tone from the start of political discussions that differing views will be respected, asserts Toni Rivera Ramos, a high-school social studies teacher at a public virtual school in California. In this commentary, she shares three strategies to help support constructive conversation, including by engaging in dialogue, rather than debate.
Some Palestinian college students in the West Bank are learning Mandarin in a course designed to help them expand their knowledge beyond European languages and build cultural ties to Chinese communities. The students are learning from teacher Alicia Stickney, a Korea-born American who learned Chinese at Oklahoma University before studying in Shanghai.
Black students who were taught by at least two black teachers by third grade were 32% more likely to go to college than peers who did not encounter black teachers, according to a Johns Hopkins University study. A second study by many of the same researchers also showed black teachers often have higher expectations of black students, especially in subjects such as math and reading, than their white counterparts.