Jen Schneider, a middle-school language arts teacher in Nebraska, uses a "genius hour" to help students find the connection between academic lessons and their prospective career paths. In this commentary, she shares how this strategy is helping students explore possible careers and gain experience, including one student who learned more about photography and eventually started her own business.
Virginia middle-school principal Hamish Brewer skateboards down school hallways and maintains a unique leadership style rooted in the belief that every student is capable of learning and deserves a voice. "You show me a kid that can't learn, I've just met a teacher that gave up on 'em," Brewer says.
Educators should not shy away from addressing race and racism, National Board Certified Teacher Leah Wilson asserts in a response to a question posed in this blog post. Wilson shares that it has been her practice to have open conversations with students, including about racist language in novels.
A new Saturday math club held by one Louisiana school district wants to improve the math skills of area elementary and middle-school students. Club members will go on field trips and hear from professionals about why math is important, district officials say.
Black students and students with disabilities in California are losing more instructional days to suspensions, according to a study by researchers at the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California at Los Angeles. They looked at data about suspensions in California and found that the rate of lost time for black seventh- and eighth-graders during the 2016-17 school year was 76 days of school for every 100 students -- compared with 19 days among white students.
Teachers at a Massachusetts school are working to encourage students to read by asking businesses to supply books, snacks and amenities for an off-campus literacy retreat. Students will spent four sessions at the retreat doing independent reading time of selected books and related literacy activities from read-alouds to writing in journals.
Teachers are being offered free access to two mobile apps -- DBQuest and Case Maker -- that provide resources for lessons about government and civics, thanks to a collaboration with and a grant from the Library of Congress. DBQuest offers primary-source documents and evidence-based learning resources, while Case Maker allows teachers to personalize inquiry-based learning challenges to suit students' needs.
Communication with parents is a key component of any school technology rollout, asserts Mike Daugherty, director of technology and information systems at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools in Ohio -- one of the 12 original Google Reference districts. In this commentary, he shares several strategies his district used to engage and educate parents about the shift, including a newsletter, emails and events.
The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled an anti-vaping campaign aimed at teens that includes messaging in 10,000 school bathrooms and on websites and employs geofencing to target young people in schools. The push spotlights the dangers of chemicals used in vaping liquids, with cautionary video ads across social including YouTube, Instagram and Spotify.
A middle-school principal in Colorado credits part of the school's academic improvements to increased enrollment in its music program. Principal Nicole Petersen says that even students who begin their classes with no musical experience can see improvement if they work hard and that helps them build confidence.