Games are an ideal tool for learning, according to Jennifer Ingold, an eighth-grade social studies teacher in New York. Ingold, who created a board game for her students, shares in this article how her game works and how the concept can be applied across the curriculum.
Jake Kohut, an elementary-school band teacher in a Virginia district outside Washington, D.C., has been deployed with the District of Columbia's National Guard to help protect the US Capitol and other sites ahead of Wednesday's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Kohut says he is honored to defend the US Constitution.
A school district in Utah is believed to be the first in the US to begin installation of its own high-speed, wireless broadband network. Officials say the coronavirus pandemic and connectivity challenges during remote instruction helped to speed up the Powerplay LTE initiative.
The science behind engaging students via instructional videos is complicated, according to findings by researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Their findings show that when these visuals are used effectively, it can drive student engagement, but in some cases it could be distracting.
An economic relief plan announced Thursday by President-elect Joe Biden will steer $130 billion toward public K-12 schools. The funding is intended to help schools return to in-person learning, including by reducing class sizes, hiring more nurses and counselors, and providing protective gear.
School districts in Florida report serving fewer meals this school year because of the coronavirus -- a trend that is affecting the bottom line and causing some to draw from their reserves. Meanwhile, food costs are higher, and foodservice departments have adopted pricier prepackaged and "shelf-stable" food that students can eat at home.
A report by Ashley LiBetti, associate partner of policy and evaluation at Bellwether Education Partners, and Cody Kornack, director of government affairs for the National Head Start Association, identifies strategies to strengthen the early-childhood workforce. Suggestions include establishing a new credential, creating an online "Premier University" and focusing on apprenticeship programs.
The annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. at Queens College, part of the City University of New York system, will be virtual this year, with a panel discussion, student participation and a video presentation on activism at the school, President Frank Wu says. Seton Hall University in New Jersey is hosting a for-credit workshop about King, institutional racism and anti-racist behavior, while some college groups around the country are hosting other diversity and inclusion events or days of service.
Educators in New York began receiving their first doses of coronavirus vaccine earlier this week, and other states are expected to begin vaccinating faculty and staff at schools and colleges in the coming weeks and months. The CDC has classified those who work in education, including teachers, support staff, and daycare staff, as essential workers, but where they fall in line to receive the vaccine still varies by state.
As districts across the country continue to cope with an ever-evolving global pandemic, educators continue to face a slew of instructional challenges. Thanks to mobile technology, today's teachers have resources that simply didn't exist just ten years ago, and the exponential growth of this technology couldn't be timelier. And while every child's scholastic journey is subjective (especially now), there are plenty of websites dedicated to the augmentation of that journey, if you know where to look.
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