Students at a Massachusetts high school are preparing for the future by participating in five career academies, writes Michael Lauro, associate executive director at the Atlantis Charter School. In this commentary, Lauro shares how the academies work with local businesses and the community to provide students with hands-on experiences.
Carissa Peck, a high-school language arts teacher, has replaced the traditional five-paragraph essay with tech-driven alternatives. Peck has students create BuzzFeed-type quizzes, infographics and virtual-reality experiences to keep them engaged.
The College Board announced Wednesday it would scrap plans to begin the Advanced Placement history exam content around the year 1450, following criticism from educators concerned that the move would make the course too Eurocentric. Instruction now will begin with the year 1200, and a second AP world history course will focus on ancient history.
A Tennessee school district will use a software system to identify students at risk of falling behind in school and track which interventions are being used to help them. The system will use data, such as grades, tardiness and test scores, to help school leaders identify students who need support.
Some elementary-school students from high-poverty schools in Baltimore are attending an arts-based summer program that also focuses on literacy and math. The Summer Arts and Learning Academy aims to prevent summer learning loss while exposing students to dance, drama, illustration and other art forms.
Digital scoreboards can be useful in both sports games and classrooms, writes Mark Madson, assistant superintendent for secondary education and support services in a Pennsylvania school district. In this commentary, he shares several lessons his district learned when they adopted digital scoreboards and used them to support their curriculum.
Emergency permits for some speech therapists to work in Indiana schools expired in June, making it now difficult for schools to meet students' needs for the upcoming school year. Lawmaker action is needed to reinstate the permits, which allowed speech therapists with a bachelor's degree who have started a master's program but are not yet licensed speech-language pathologists, to provide services.
Professors at the University of Michigan have transformed teacher education, in part, by modeling the experience based on physician training. Under the model, the training extends through the teachers' first several years, which they will spend in a "teaching school" -- similar to a teaching hospital.
Mock trials can help boost literacy and critical-thinking skills among students, writes Shane Safir, a writer, educator and facilitator. In this blog post, she writes about a mock trial exercise she participated in at an Oakland, Calif., high school and how the exercise teaches students how to make an argument and analyze texts.
Citizen science projects may help to engage students in environmental conservation, according to a study led by Stephanie Schuttler of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Rachael Polmanteer, an eighth-grade science teacher in North Carolina, said that adopting citizen science lessons in her classroom has helped to engage students in the subject.