Elementary-school students need ample time for recess and scheduled "brain breaks," asserts Lori Koerner, a principal at Tremont Elementary School in New York state. In this commentary, she shares that students in her own school balance academics with 50 minutes of recess daily, formal yoga instruction and more breaks to help students refocus -- all while increasing instructional time.
Hardening schools has been a lower security priority than mental health and prevention, said Max Schachter of Safe Schools for Alex during a recent meeting with the Federal Commission on School Safety. Schachter, whose son was killed in the Parkland school shooting, says technologies like ballistic-hardened glass can boost safety but some education leaders say these measures could impair learning.
A Kentucky school district will require all students in fifth, eighth and 12th grades to submit content and defend a portfolio of their work to prepare for transitions in their academic careers. Chief academic officer Carmen Coleman says the program will enhance student performance with quality projects for submission to their digital backpack portfolios.
More than 75 middle-schoolers participated in a free science, technology, engineering and math summer camp at a Connecticut school. The school's faculty taught the camp along with University of Connecticut education majors who gained their first student-teaching experiences in the classrooms.
Some schools are tracking the words students type on school computers using safety management platforms, including Gaggle, Securly, and GoGuardian. The use of platforms, however, has raised questions about how to balance school safety and students' privacy.
Matthew Utterback, the 2017 National School Superintendent of the Year, credits a professional development program for helping to bridge the racial achievement gap in his Oregon school district. Utterback says he made the Coaching for Education Equity training program mandatory for all district leaders six years ago, which focuses on equity and dialogue.
Routine practice and drilling can help improve student achievement in math, according to Paul Morgan, the director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research at Pennsylvania State University. In this commentary, he shares his research that shows how teacher-directed instruction can help students learn more.
An eighth-grade student in Colorado recently manufactured the first of 20 planned coins she designed for high-school football referees to use during the upcoming season. Victoria Teschner made the coins during a recent manufacturing camp.
School leaders, teachers and personnel need breaks as much as students need recess, consultant and former principal Peter DeWitt writes in this blog post. He shares ideas for mindfulness practices and explains how they can improve educators' response to students and stress throughout the school day.
High-school students with special needs in Michigan worked what for some was their first summer job in maintenance, landscaping and other fields through a program by the Superior Alliance for Independent Living and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Students can use this experience on resumes to get jobs and to learn about potential job paths.
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