Software.org and Girls Who Code taught 23 high school girls HTML, CSS and other coding skills this summer during a seven-week program. "Most of these young women have little to no experience in coding when they first start the class, but they come away feeling confident enough to call themselves 'coders' and 'programmers,' and see a future in tech," says Software.org's executive director Chris Hopfensperger.
Remind, a free school communications platform, is the most popular free mobile application, according to Apple and App Annie. Brian Grey, CEO of Remind, says that the app -- used by students, teachers and parents to communicate -- also topped the charts last August as teachers and families prepared for the start of the new school year.
In an Oakland, Calif., high school that has one of the worst retention rates for new teachers in the district, teacher LuPaulette Taylor has been holding strong for nearly 50 years. Taylor reveals what keeps her in the classroom and says that she still continues to learn new things.
Some Texas school districts are working with federal contractors that run migrant shelters to provide educational services for migrant children during their detainment. Officially, the federal government, not local districts, is responsible for educating these children, according to the Texas Education Agency, but some school leaders are stepping in voluntarily.
Teachers learned to develop a mathematics culture among students during a recent workshop at the University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene. Julie Amador, associate professor of mathematics education and director of the Idaho Regional Mathematics Center, says teachers learned four approaches to teaching mathematical reasoning.
A Pennsylvania school district is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to offer a new artificial intelligence curriculum to middle-school students. The curriculum will teach students how to think about solutions to big problems and will prepare them for future careers.
Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education recently discussed how to improve achievement in math in the state, where eighth-grade students ranked 50th in math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Officials said one hurdle is the lack of qualified math teachers.
Seventy-one advocacy groups sent a letter to the US Secretary of Education seeking clarification on funding for students with special needs who enroll in post-secondary education programs. Some parents have experienced mixed outcomes in getting their child's school district or state vocational education programs -- all of which receive federal funding -- to cover the costs.
Visual scaffolds can help English-language learners build connections and help teachers differentiate the curriculum, educator Jamie Ponce writes in this blog post. Ponce shares five tips and links to online resources for creating language scaffolds for students.