Thirty juniors and seniors from 18 high schools in the San Francisco Bay area recently studied four decades of US history from a local perspective. As participants in a pilot project, the students actively studied events from the Great Depression through the 1960s, visiting New Deal community centers and interviewing activists for civil rights and workers' rights, among others.
A California high school is launching a full-inclusion initiative that includes schoolwide co-teaching to support students with special needs. Principal John Denno said the program is aimed at improving the social integration of students with disabilities throughout the school.
The primary goal of asking a professional for an informational interview is to discover if a new career is the right fit and to develop a mutually beneficial relationship, writes career coach Tad Mayer. Interviewers should request advice on how to enter that career and learn how they can be helpful to their colleagues in return, he suggests.
An environment of trust, appreciation and innovation helps people be happy and perform effectively and creatively, writes Larry Senn. Encourage others to be open to change, foster open communications and recognize successes.
Students are 3.4 times more likely to succeed in classes where technologies that support group learning and collaboration are used, according to a study from SMART Technologies. Such interactive technologies, the researchers found, can contribute to improved social and emotional development and student confidence.
There is no single approach for successful education reform, asserts Patrick Kearney, facilitator for teacher leadership in Johnston Community Schools in Iowa. In this commentary, he notes that all schools face different challenges, making it difficult to identify a "silver bullet" for education reform.
Students' emotional needs need to be met as part of a personalized-learning approach, asserts Courtney Egelston, co-founder and assistant principal at a school in Dallas. She discusses the model and how restorative practices can help support that effort.
School districts in Connecticut, Illinois and Wisconsin are scrambling to locate funding as the school year begins without an approved state budget in place. Some districts are tapping into financial reserves or borrowing money, while others are eliminating jobs or starting the school year with substitute staff.
Students in the School District of Philadelphia will have access to more than 20 new social workers when the school year begins. The $1.2 million initiative is intended to help educators meet students' behavioral needs.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in an email to her staff spoke out against the racist views demonstrated at the recent rally in Charlottesville, Va. In the email, she wrote: "Violence and hate will never be the answer. We must engage, debate and educate."