Teachers can send parents on a quick dive into their junk drawer, pantry or sewing kit to help their children with math at home, writes Nell McAnelly. For example, pieces of pasta can work with a homemade 10-board, while thumbtacks and string can create a geoboard.
Pennsylvania should invest in and prioritize career and technical education, according to a report from the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. Kari King, the organization's president, said the importance of CTE was particularly clear during the coronavirus pandemic, when "so many front-line workers in health care or distribution and logistics are actually CTE graduates."
Elementary and K-8 schools in New York City are reopening today for face-to-face lessons after closing this past March, and slightly more than half of the students in the district are expected to attend at least one day per week. The city's middle schools and high schools are set to reopen on Thursday.
Educators should consider how to better meet the needs of Muslim and Arab students, who can face stereotypes, asserts Abeer Shinnawi, a middle-school social studies teacher. Several other educators in this blog post share tips and urge teachers to seek resources that offer historically accurate and engaging information about Middle East culture and Islam.
Learning inequities between poorer students and their wealthier peers were pervasive worldwide, even before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Data from 79 countries that participated in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment found that students from low-income schools were three times as likely to repeat a grade.
A Michigan elementary school recently installed a book vending machine to promote good behavior and literacy. This month, students received a gold coin for good behavior that they used to retrieve a book from the vending machine.
Starting a new school year in a virtual atmosphere is difficult when teachers are faced with a screen full of faces they don't know. Texas teacher Jennifer Atkins says learning can't happen without relationships and recommends spending extra time to build them, while North Carolina teacher Megan Taylor says she mails handwritten notes to students.
The nearly 20% of US college students who have a disability often grapple with technology -- especially during online learning caused by the pandemic -- making it incumbent upon faculty to design and teach classes with such students in mind. While many students will require customized tools and personalized support, Penny Rosenblum, director of research for the American Foundation for the Blind, offers some general recommendations for creating better audio and visual accessibility.
University-based retirement communities likely will experience strong growth in three to five years as baby boomers continue to reach retirement age, and while the universities of Florida, Alabama, Michigan and others don't own or run the facilities, they usually have a financial tie that can provide a small slice of budget help. The portion of retirement residents who are alumni, retired faculty and relatives bolster college communities as students of noncredit classes, fans of university sports and mentors.
Six parents sued an Oklahoma school district Monday, saying its remote learning plan is causing them financial hardship. The district stated it is following Oklahoma State Department of Education guidelines to safely reopen to in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic.