Schools in California are being rated in an expanded system by a nonprofit website. The new GreatSchools ratings -- including data on course access, student progress and equity -- are being reported in addition to test score data.
Students need time to pursue their passions and think creatively, asserts Matt Presser, a doctoral student and former teacher. In this commentary, he urges teachers to engage with students as partners in learning and shares some lessons that educators could learn from leaders at Google.
Students at a Connecticut school took part in writing workshops hosted by five winners of a Windham-Campbell Literature Prize from Yale University. Students studied the writers' works before the event and asked questions about their processes.
Student-centered learning should consist of giving students "voice and choice," asserts Katherine Goyette, educational technology and integrated studies consultant for the Tulare County Office of Education in California. In this interview, she offers several tips for student-centered learning.
Students at a California middle school are prohibited from using their cellphones at lunch, except in designated areas. Principal Rebecca Gogel says the goal is to encourage students to engage in conversation.
US Department of Education officials earlier this year asked for public feedback about potential changes to federal regulations, rules and guidance. The comment period recently closed with feedback from close to 15,000 people and organizations.
Some fourth-grade students in Miami, Fla., recently wrote about their experiences with Hurricane Irma. Antonio Santamaria compared the experience to Dorothy's in the "Wizard of Oz," and Olivia Geller said it was important to stay inside and "have snacks in case you are really hungry."
Research has shown that information can be forgotten quickly without reinforcement of prior knowledge or connections. This blog post considers research and trends about reducing "memory leaks" and reinforcing learning.
A language-immersion school in Hawaii teaches students entirely in Hawaiian through fifth grade before introducing them to English-language lessons. It also offers Japanese and Latin courses and wants to include other tongues, such as Portuguese and Tagalog.