The Kentucky state Board of Education unanimously approved new graduation standards with several last-minute revisions. A controversial "transitional readiness" requirement was removed, but students must still collect evidence, including test scores and transcripts, to prove they are ready for college or a career.
A Colorado district's English-Spanish bilingual program is designed to introduce students to diverse cultures and bring those of different communities together to build global citizens. Educators note that the program boosts students' confidence and helps them navigate social interactions.
Jonathan Raymond, former superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District in California, put the idea of educating the whole child at the center of his leadership during his tenure. In this interview, he shares his experience implementing a whole-child focus in schools, including challenges such as budget cuts and disagreements with the teachers' union.
Educators must walk a fine line between assessing students' literacy skills and discouraging them from reading, asserts Jeremy Hyler, a middle-school English teacher. In this commentary, he offers several strategies, including literature circles, student-created websites and digital book trailers.
Students from low-income families are 24 percentage points more likely to enter a college that matches their skills when state colleges and universities offer guaranteed admission to the top 10% of students, according to a study. The data also show that such students are 22 percentage points more likely to apply to the state's flagship school when admission is guaranteed.
Teacher Sarah Blazer shares in this blog post an inquiry-based lesson on urban wildlife that incorporates literacy and science skills. Blazer writes that she kicked off the lesson by reading a book about birds living in the city and used online resources, so her third-graders could create a made-up animal species that could adapt to city life.
Ongoing professional development, rapidly evolving technology and staying relevant to the "future of work" are a few of the key education-technology challenges for next year that K-12 educators and other stakeholders identified in a report released Tuesday. The Consortium for School Networking's report also listed what respondents said are the most effective trends in K-12 education, including personalization and data-driven practices.
One New Jersey college professor helps her students remember algebra concepts by setting them to rap music. Kean University adjunct professor Irisa Leverette also posts videos on math to her Facebook page and is planning to start a YouTube channel to help students around the world.
Co-teaching appears to be growing in popularity, but current research shows mixed results concerning its outcomes. Its success hinges on providing educators with the time, training and resources they need to manage their partnership and integrate their teaching, says Marilyn Friend, professor emerita at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Students at a New York high school are attending a showing of "Schindler's List" in a field trip sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation. The film is being shown in theaters for the 25th anniversary of the movie, which tells the story of Oskar Schindler's list of Jewish workers, and will be used as part of the students' study of the Holocaust, principal Andrew Marotta said.