English-language learners benefit from public prekindergarten programs, especially if given access to bilingual instruction, some research shows. However, such access may be limited, according to a report from the National Institute for Early Education Research.
Teachers should strike the right balance and tone when talking in class, according to Neil Mercer, emeritus professor of education at the University of Cambridge in England. In this podcast, he discusses the research behind talk in the classroom and offers strategies to improve the spoken language skills of teachers and students.
It may be time for schools to replace traditional science fairs with a science, technology, engineering and math fair, writes Liza Rickey, a science and STEM curriculum specialist at Issaquah School District in Washington. In this blog post, Rickey shares how her district made the transition to STEM fairs.
Language arts teachers Macarena Dunn and Maddie Armstrong have organized a poetry cafe at their Ohio intermediate school to provide an authentic audience and teach presentation and life skills. Students take turns serving customers and performing poetry they wrote during class.
Two Rhode Island legislators have proposed a bill that would create a position in the state's Department of Education to coordinate and promote the development of more bilingual programs in public schools. The lawmakers say research has shown that dual-language students are academically successful and are more likely to attend college.
Learning about failure could help boost student performance, asserts Columbia University researcher Xiaodong Lin-Siegler. The university has launched the Education for Persistence and Innovation Center to learn more about the role failure plays in learning.
Four US senators have introduced legislation that would establish a residency program for people interested in becoming career and technical education teachers. Teachers who sign onto the program would agree to work with a mentor teacher for two years.
Math instruction should reach beyond college and career and help students learn how to critique and understand the world, according to a report from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The report also calls for ending tracking of students into levels, such as "remedial" and "honors."
Educators, school leaders and members of the school community play important roles in encouraging social and emotional learning, writes Tamara Fyke, an entrepreneur and educator. In this blog post, she shares several suggestions to help create and sustain SEL in schools.
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