Teachers can improve their own emotional and physical health in several ways, which will help build their own resilience, writes coach and author Elena Aguilar. In this blog post, she suggests some methods for teachers to tackle daily stress, including singing, taking deep breaths and eating healthy snacks.
The organization School Board Partners wants to establish a "national community" of school board members -- reaching out to board members in at least 10 cities. The initiative is intended to align board members with a "common theory of change" about education and will offer coaching and consulting services for school districts that want to have more local control.
About 500 teachers from the Acero Schools charter network went on strike this week in Chicago -- marking the first teacher strike at a charter school in the country. The teachers, who make about $13,000 less than their peers at the city's public schools, want pay raises, smaller classes and more resources for special education.
A Nebraska high school recently launched an incentive program tied to its positive behavioral interventions and support program. Under the program, students can earn tickets to redeem for school supplies, gift cards, snacks and other items in the PBIS store.
The death of former President George H.W. Bush has led to reflection on the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which Bush signed into law in 1990. The law improved workforce inclusion of individuals with disabilities, but some say more progress is needed as compliance complaints rose to nearly 27,000 in fiscal 2017, compared with 18,000 in fiscal 1997.
Students in Crystal Farrell's New York classroom are learning about military service from World War II to the Vietnam War using her family's primary source artifacts. The eighth-graders were able to see Farrell's father's discharge papers, a small hymnal that he carried with him in war and letters her mother wrote to soldiers in France.
The effects of childhood trauma can spill over into the classroom, says Patricia Jennings, associate professor at the University of Virginia. She offers several ways to develop trauma-sensitive classrooms, including by eliminating zero-tolerance discipline policies, reconsidering the root causes of students' behavior, and learning to model compassion and resilience in the classroom.
Some educators in Texas are using the popular "Elf on the Shelf" book and doll to engage students in lessons. Teachers say the elf story draws student awareness to their behavior and they hope students will be motivated to make positive choices.
Two cities in Australia have seen an increase in Mandarin speakers, according to "Multilingual Sydney: A city report," with the language replacing Arabic in Sydney and Greek in Melbourne as the most widely spoken languages after English. The book's author, Alice Chik of Macquarie University, also highlights that Indian languages are now the fastest-growing language group in Sydney.
President Donald Trump's administration on Monday released a five-year plan to expand science, technology, engineering and math education. The plan calls for more basic education about STEM concepts, an increase in STEM access and support for students who want to pursue careers in STEM fields.