Technology has changed students' experiences with literacy from how they write to how they research new information, educator Chris Panell writes. He suggests teachers embrace this new literacy from having students create calculating apps in math class to programming alternative history games in social studies.
As the incoming principal of an Illinois elementary school, Melissa Llano says she will encourage teachers to be innovative and will help students, staff and faculty to develop a growth mindset. "I can't expect my staff to be vulnerable if I'm not willing to share and do the same things," she said.
The Hawaii Department of Education is looking for ways to increase teacher retention and recruitment, such as offering affordable housing and other incentives. State data show the number of teachers that choose to leave the state has increased 84% since 2010.
A student letter seeking donations from a furniture business has led to that business making a $2,500 donation to the designated charity and offering to redo a classroom and create a reading space in the library at the Maine school. English teacher Ellen Santora said she has never seen such a response from a student's persuasive letter in her annual unit on change-makers.
An Illinois school district's vocational tech center has injected some art into its annual science, technology, engineering and math camp to include more creativity and critical-thinking skills, Kaleb Smith, career center director, said. The camp included two days of arts-based activities and two days of robotics.
The Idaho State Board of Education has adopted a pilot program that will provide discounted tuition at Idaho State University for members of federally recognized Native American tribes. University Provost and Executive Vice President Laura Woodworth-Ney says the program will "remove financial barriers to education" for tribe members.
Middle-school teacher Jill Fletcher describes how she uses paper Twitter-style boards in her classroom with two goals in mind. In this blog post, she describes how she uses the Twitter board for formative assessments and to help build community as students write short thoughts to engage their peers.
Using visual aids and designing a discussion about how images and graphics can both reinforce and challenge their assumptions can help engage students, writes adjunct education professor Jennifer Davis Bowman. In this commentary, she talks about how she used a line graph that compared student attendance rates with grades to start a discussion about grades and absenteeism.
Women in higher-education administration can positively affect their institution by connecting and sharing with their colleagues and listening to various points of view, writes Judith White, the retiring president and executive director of HERS. She also recommends leaders keep a sense of purpose and hone the ability to thrive during challenging times.
About 60% of eighth-graders in a Washington school district are enrolled in at least one course to earn a high-school credit. As the number of credits needed for graduation increases, the district is offering middle-schoolers more high-school courses such as algebra, geometry, Spanish I and English I.
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