Offering students equal access to technology in the classroom is key to addressing achievement gaps, writes Kevin Ghost, director of technology and network administrator for the Connellsville Area School District in Pennsylvania. In this commentary, he shares steps his district took to promote tech equity, including looking for financing and working with teachers.
An Idaho school district has partnered with a YMCA chapter to teach the Everyday Leadership program to fifth- and sixth-graders at six schools. The after-school program focuses on leadership skills, such as teamwork, communication and conflict resolution, and includes a three-day leadership camp.
The Federal School Safety Commission will suggest eliminating a discipline rule, adopted during former President Barack Obama's administration, when it releases its report later this month. The rule was designed to prevent racial disparities related to school discipline, but many conservatives say it gives the federal government too much authority over local matters.
Students at a Georgia middle school raised rainbow trout and then released them into a local river as part of a hands-on science lesson that taught students about ecosystems. As the fish grew, students changed water and measured chemical levels in the tank daily.
Students at three schools in Australia who used makerspaces involving 3D design and printing tools were more engaged and confident, according to a study by researchers at Macquarie University. The researchers also offered nine tips to help teachers create and use makerspaces, including by offering the right kind of professional-development opportunities.
First- and second-grade curricula in South Korea do not include English-language learning, but a proposal would allow such lessons to take place after school beginning next year. Some parents say the current ban could lead more parents to consider private tutoring.
In January, Maine will start a program to help foreign-trained teachers earn the credentials they need to teach in state schools. The Education Academy participants will work toward certification so they may be able to teach in classrooms by September.
A North Carolina school district's decision to close schools after a snowstorm this week sparked debate about whether the large district should be broken up -- a process known as school district secession. The debate, which started on social media, has a long history in the district, which was forced to integrate in the 1970s.
Minnesota, which has seen its multilingual student population increase 77% from 2000 to 2015, would benefit from seeing multilingualism as a resource to invest in, writes Kendall King, a professor at the University of Minnesota. In this commentary, King writes about embracing language diversity and how the state can use it to create world language-learning opportunities.
Teachers from Israel recently visited schools in New York state as part of a cultural exchange program. Teachers who participated in the program, which was sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, say they were surprised by how quiet US students are and how much ethnic diversity there was in schools.
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