More states are offering educators alternative credentialing programs to address a nationwide teacher shortage. In Michigan and South Carolina, for example, teachers can begin working in the classroom while earning their certification online.
Teen behavior can be influenced by the online behavior of their peers, according to a study by cognitive neuroscientists at Temple University in Philadelphia. The researchers found that teens were more likely to like a photo on Instagram if they were told more of their peers liked the image as well.
Fourth-graders at a Utah school recently had their self-portraits showcased on the inside panels of public buses as part of the Art in Transit program. The project uses art to teach social studies lessons about how humans can affect their communities.
Senior students from various high schools recently collaborated with fifth-graders to design interactive "music walls" in the younger students' elementary school. The older students, who are studying Computer Aided Design engineering technology in the Excel TECC program, began working with their younger peers in February to create the walls for use with problem-solving.
The Consortium for School Networking now awards seals that reinforce school district leaders' efforts to protect student data. The Trusted Learning Environment seal prioritizes 25 practices across five core areas, including leadership, data security and professional development.
Officials in 17 states and Washington, D.C., are suing the US Department of Education, saying the department is failing to protect student-loan borrowers. At issue is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to freeze the Gainful Employment rule.
Philadelphia's school district is replacing admissions criteria for its career and technical high-school programs with a new lottery system. Officials say the change will help promote fairness in admissions following the release of a report that identified inequities in the city's selective schools.
West Virginia middle-school principal Yahon Smith says he wants to be seen as a source of support for students, not just as a disciplinarian. Smith also says he believes in instilling confidence and leadership in students.
Professionals can boost their career and build a safety net of colleagues by embracing networking both within and outside of their industry, writes leadership coach Michael Zaytsev. In this commentary, Zaytsev offers tips on how to connect with other professionals and build a solid network.
Educators at an Indiana middle school are utilizing puzzles and deciphering clues in escape-room scenarios to engage students with the curriculum. English teacher Christen Ellis had students work through clues on literary elements of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" in an escape-room exercise.
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