Inviting students with disabilities into all classrooms can benefit everyone, writes National Board Certified Teacher Patti Freckelton. General-education students can act as role models while they also learn empathy, she notes.
Bilingualism can improve student performance and cognitive ability, asserts Jeannette Acevedo-Isenberg, head of school at Downtown Doral Charter Schools in Miami. "However, to achieve true bilingualism, students must also receive foreign language instruction in math, science and social studies," she writes.
A group of Pennsylvania high-school students are painting history-themed murals on the walls of the local library. The paintings depict scenes from the area's coal-mining industry as well as images of books written by local authors and people reading.
Federal education data show a wide disparity between white and black students' placement in programs for gifted students or challenging courses, such as Advanced Placement classes, throughout Indiana school districts. Some districts with the widest gaps are making some progress through policies such as universal screening and training teachers on racial and cultural biases.
Employers want to hire workers who are communication savvy, have expertise in their field and use their time effectively on the job, writes CareerTrax founder David Jensen. Hiring managers also are seeking candidates who express an interest in growing beyond the job they're applying for, he notes in this commentary.
Lawmakers and education officials in Maine are rolling back an ambitious program to move its educational system from grades to proficiency-based evaluation. The effort started in 2012, but assessments of the program found that many districts did not fully implement the system and those who did faced resistance from parents and educators.
Massachusetts is using several state-funded programs to make sure that every preschool and early-childhood educator earns a bachelor's degree. The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program helps by covering tuition costs, and the MassTransfer program ensures that community-college students can transfer their credits to a bachelor's program.
Educators can make their student assessments more rigorous by first evaluating the rigor of current assessments and then adjusting them to raise the challenge level, author Barbara Blackburn writes. In this commentary, she outlines three basic steps leaders can take to improve assessment quality.
Before introducing a one-to-one device program in the classroom, school districts should carefully consider the budget they have -- including a maintenance budget -- and should weigh their options before deciding on which devices to purchase, writes Lenovo Software's director of inside sales, Jessica Menasian. In this commentary, she also says that school districts should ensure they have effective digital policies in place to protect students.
Despite a Missouri state law mandating that the government reimburse up to 75% of school transportation costs, the state legislature has not allocated sufficient funds leading to large deficits for many school districts. Rep. Rick Francis says the low level of reimbursements hits rural districts hard because buses often have to travel further to pick up students.