Communities nationwide -- such as in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Miami-Dade County -- are working to provide affordable housing for teachers. Principal Ross Pippin says educators who live near the schools where they work are more connected to those communities and the schools' success.
A network of Montessori schools is using in-shoe radio sensors and video cameras to better understand how students are interacting with their learning environment. Data extracted from the technologies help teachers identify students' learning styles, how they engage with different areas of the room and tailor individual instruction accordingly.
The Family Scholar House, a program in Kentucky, is helping single, formerly homeless mothers get housing and earn college degrees. One current resident was pregnant and living in her car while taking classes online, from her phone, before getting a space in the program.
Data suggest a looming worker shortage in high-paying construction and other skilled trades over the next five years. Some states, such as Washington and California, are creating initiatives to increase more opportunities for students who may choose to learn job skills instead of going to college.
US government students at a Virginia high school successfully proposed and helped advance legislation to require localities to accept text messages to 911 emergency systems. State Sen. George Barker introduced the bill, which won state lawmakers' approval and was signed into law last month by Gov. Ralph Northam.
Third-graders in a Spanish-immersion program at a Montana elementary school recently performed bilingual plays based on legends and stories they created after studying Native American storytelling. Students spoke their lines in Spanish, but volunteers narrated in English for non-Spanish-speakers in the audience.
Teacher coaching can help improve early-childhood education, according to a report by Bellwether Education Partners. Report author Bonnie O'Keefe says seeing teachers in action is "particularly important in early childhood coaching."
Methods for teaching science, technology, engineering, art and math can change significantly from elementary to middle school, writes Kamalisha Green, an after-school programs director. In this blog post, Green offers tips to help preserve excitement about STEAM in middle school.
Educators need tools to support challenging conversations with colleagues, asserts Jennifer Abrams, an international education and communications consultant. In this blog post, she shares several such tools and sample scripts for having difficult conversations.
Educators in some schools in Utah are taking varied approaches to managing mobile devices in the classroom, including asking students to store their phones in canvas pouches during class. One principal, Tom Sherwood, says cellphone management is teacher-based.
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