A group of 20 students in grades 10 through 12 from across a Texas school district and neighboring districts this summer will begin participating in a yearlong fellowship in civic engagement created by the Houston Independent School District's Student Congress. The teens will manage projects and work to find solutions to real-world challenges as they train to become civic leaders.
A Delaware high school's robotics course has grown in popularity and is considered a magnet to get students to enroll in the school, teacher Shawn Bowser said. Students learn how to design, build, operate and repair various robots -- from remote-controlled devices used in competitions to Lego photographic telescopes.
Some teachers are experimenting with offering feedback via video rather than marking students' work with red pens. David Narter, an English teacher in Illinois, said he found that students were more receptive to video feedback and found it more motivating.
Digital signage increasingly is replacing bulletin boards and schoolwide announcements as a way for school leaders to communicate with students and staff. A Texas school district recently invested in 50 large-format televisions to use as digital signs.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are calling for a $100 billion increase in federal funding for schools. Their plan would include $50 billion for states to increase teacher pay and a $50 billion fund for school infrastructure projects and other resources.
Kerry Bannister is retiring from her "dream job" as principal of a South Carolina elementary school after 18 years and says she's seen a lot of changes in her 47 years as an educator, mainly around technology and security. Bannister says she's proud of her faculty and staff and says she hopes "that the public would learn to trust the teacher."
A New Jersey school district plans to launch a revival of its gifted-education program for third through fifth grades this fall. The program will include units on creative writing, project-based learning, field trips and science, technology, engineering and math.
Purposeful lessons require planning, writes high-school English teacher Christopher Bronke. In this blog post, Bronke shares four tips to help teachers plan such lessons, such as planning with a colleague and seeking feedback from students.
As more employers use social media to screen prospective employees, it is important for candidates to police their online presence and use it to present a professional image, write Ph.D. student Quintana Clark and professor Levon Esters, both at Purdue University. In this commentary, they offer strategies for building the best online media presence.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified Tuesday before the House education committee. During the hearing, she addressed issues related to teacher pay, the TEACH grant program, school safety and support for LGBT students.