Teachers who make an effort to learn about their students' cultural backgrounds can be more effective at their jobs, writes education consultant Nikki Williams Rucker. She outlines several tips for culturally responsive teaching, starting with an examination of their own implicit biases, then looking for ways those biases might be present in their curricula.
The past 10 years brought several shifts in education, such as increased pressure on teachers, a spike in school violence and enhanced accountability. The decade also saw nearly all states raise their academic standards and several headline-grabbing teachers' strikes.
At least two online tutoring companies are taking steps to protect students following reports that educators have witnessed students being abused by parents or others during lessons. Qkids has launched a tool to help teachers report unsafe activity they witness during lessons, and VIPKid has added educational videos for parents and others on appropriate discipline.
EdTPA, the first national standards-based assessment for teacher-candidates, may be faulty in its scoring methods and should be discontinued from use in teacher-certification decisions, according to a study published in the American Educational Research Journal. Officials with edTPA, administered by Pearson, dispute the study's findings.
Researchers at Stanford University worked with journalism groups to develop a news and internet literacy curriculum designed to teach students how to sort fact from fiction. The free online curriculum, called Civic Online Reasoning, teaches skills such as lateral reading, which professional fact-checkers use to evaluate the credibility of information sources.
Chicago math specialist Lynn Pittner uses what she calls "math tasks" to encourage flexible thinking and conceptual understanding among her kindergarten to second-grade students. She says she likes to begin lessons by asking "What do we notice?" and "What do we wonder?" to help students have fun while they learn.
The Federal Communications Commission announced updates last week to its E-rate program, but some education leaders warn the changes don't go far enough. "What they haven't done is look forward to address new problems that are developing, like cybersecurity," said Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking.
The University of California system is being sued for its use of SAT and ACT scores in its admissions process. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, argues that the use of such scores unfairly -- and unconstitutionally -- discriminates against applicants who are disabled, low-income and historically disenfranchised.
Joe Sanfelippo of Fall Creek School District in Wisconsin, named Superintendent of the Year by Education Dive, embraced social media to celebrate students and staff and has spoken about his approach at national events. He says effective social media use not only builds morale but also creates a sense of community outside of school.
Genetically engineered "mighty mice" were delivered to the International Space Station by the SpaceX Dragon capsule, along with nematodes, an empathetic robot and supplies for the crew aboard the ISS. Scientists will study the mice to learn how to prevent the loss of bone and muscle while in space, and the roundworms are part of a study to control pests on Earth.
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