Educators at a Washington, D.C., school include the arts across subjects as part of the school's work with the Turnaround Arts program. Principal Akela Stanfield-Dogbe says teachers begin lessons with images that students then connect to a related text.
Harvard University professor David Malan is experimenting with making his 700-student introductory computer science class more collaborative and equal. His methods include customizing lessons to students' comfort levels, offering a "regret clause" that lets students who cheat confess and having a teaching assistant take lecture notes, so students can concentrate on discussions.
Proposed legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act -- known as the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform, or PROSPER Act -- would, among other things, cap loan limits for graduate students and increase loan amounts for undergraduates. In this commentary, University of Florida professor Dennis Kramer II and Vanderbilt University doctoral candidate Christopher Marsicano outline five major changes in the legislation.
A school district in California has prioritized professional development for its teachers as it rolls out the Next Generation Science Standards, adopted by 19 states and the District of Columbia. Some teachers advocated that the district get a jump on training, which has included lessons and resources to help shift from memorization to student discovery of answers.
An Oregon school district's dual-language immersion program has expanded into high school now that its first class of students have reached ninth grade. Freshmen continue the immersion experience by taking a history class taught in Spanish, and next year, the school will offer a Spanish language and literature class to sophomores.
Tenth-graders at a Minnesota high school recently participated in a Q&A session to learn more about four educators' experiences of growing up as Native Americans. The teachers shared stories about tribal traditions and customs, plus how they addressed racism and embraced their cultural identities.
Students from eight New Jersey schools competed in a science, technology, engineering and math contest to build a prototype of a cable-stayed bridge. The bridge-building contest challenged students to -- within four hours -- build a model bridge that could hold up to 20 pounds and was made using balsa, pins and strings.
The journey to coding in a Massachusetts school district began with the Hour of Code, and since has expanded to include a range of activities, asserts technology specialist Joli Boucher. In this commentary, she shares four pillars that can serve as the foundation for expanding coding.
Seventeen schools in South Carolina are participating in a three-year pilot program that seeks to study the effectiveness of robots in teaching students with autism. The robot used in the study is designed to offer social, emotional and behavioral lessons.
School safety planning can present challenges in the current landscape, asserts Ken Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services. In this commentary, he offers guiding principles for planning, such as "don't lose sight of the big picture."
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