The Obama Foundation will start the Global Girls Alliance, writes former first lady Michelle Obama who made the announcement on the International Day of the Girl. In this commentary, she writes that the alliance will aim to empower girls through education at a time when more than 98 million teen girls worldwide are not able to attend school.
The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching awarded an Indiana school district with the institute's National Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness for its use of a teacher-leadership program. The district pays stipends to mentors and teacher leaders, who coach their colleagues.
Laurie VanderPloeg, special-education administrator of the Kent Intermediate School District in Michigan, next month will become the director of the US Office of Special Education Programs. VanderPloeg works in an intermediate education agency that helps students with special needs from more than 300 public schools, and serves as board president for the Council for Exceptional Children.
The Utah State Board of Education has received a five-year, $8.4 million grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services to fund a program focusing on student mental health issues. Three districts will share the funding for Project AWARE, which provides training for school staff, faculty and community members.
A rural Montana school district has installed high-tech makerspaces in two elementary schools, the middle school and the high school. Superintendent Andy Carlson says the makerspaces can engage certain students and give them an opportunity to "shine."
Teachers at three Pennsylvania schools have implemented a daily writer's workshop model by the Columbia University Reading & Writing Project to help build students' literacy skills in kindergarten through third grade. Teacher Lorraine Blough guides her third-graders in 10-minute lessons, gives them 15 minutes to write and then they share their work with peers.
An Alabama school district is adding to its world languages program to build global competency and language skills in students. The district has added languages to all K-12 grade levels except fifth grade, which will be offered next year as Superintendent Robby Parker pushes for all students to achieve proficiency in a second language.
Since the introduction of Common Core State Standards, math and English-language arts teachers have increased their use of standard-aligned online resources, according to a report from RAND Corp. About 60% of math teachers and 55% of English teachers used Teacherspayteachers.com for online materials in 2017, up from 41% of math teachers and 42% of English teachers in 2015.
Educators should take steps to foster a school culture that supports teen development, according to a consensus report from the Alliance for Excellent Education that was released last week at the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society research conference. The report suggests that educators teach students to develop healthy relationships and help students recognize the benefits of taking "positive risks," such as taking on difficult projects.
Students in a high-school geometry program in Colorado say the program has helped them understand how math will be useful in their careers. The Geometry in Construction program, which began 13 years ago, teaches students how to use geometry to complete construction-related projects such as framing, plumbing and building models.