Student-led discussions can present some challenges, such as unequal engagement, asserts Mark Wise, supervisor for curriculum and instruction. In this blog post, he shares common problems and potential solutions to help improve such discussions.
Community colleges in states such as Hawaii and California are using various strategies to boost the number of vocational teachers on rural campuses. Hawaii schools are offering higher salaries for instructors in areas such as computer science and nursing, while California is reforming hiring requirements to recruit professionals for the classroom.
A group of educators share their advice for integrating writing into science lessons in response to a question posed by teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo. Among them is Sheila Waggoner, an elementary-school teacher in California, who shares how she engages students in writing as part of inquiry-based science lessons.
Having students create a representation of their literacy journeys -- such as from books to video games to social media -- provides valuable information about students while also allowing them to reflect and connect, National Board Certified Teacher Amber Chandler writes in this blog post. Chandler describes what she has learned from assigning this project to her college students and how she will use it in the fall with her eighth-graders.
The North Carolina Science Festival offers a month of events held across the state to expose students to science, technology, engineering and math careers. During one event, data experts from SAS Institute worked with high-schoolers on various elements of STEM to build and test an aircraft-monitoring system at the airport.
The State Educational Technology Directors Association has updated its free tool designed to support decision-making about digital curricula. Under the new version, state and district-level officials can share best practices about digital resources.
Educators at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Studies are working to close opportunity gaps and prepare students for college and career. In this guest column, school officials detail how the public school accomplishes these goals.
English-language learners sometimes struggle with science terminology, writes elementary science coach Veronica Burnett. In this commentary, she recommends using the 5E model -- engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate -- to help bridge the gap.
Access to science resources may be lacking in some rural California school districts. The San Joaquin County Office of Education is working to expand access through a $1 million fabrication laboratory, featuring new technology and tools, such as laser cutters and design software.
Black students made up 15% of students enrolled in public schools during the 2015-16 school year, however, they accounted for 31% of students referred to police or arrested, according to a report by the US Education Department. Data also show similar disparities in suspensions and expulsions.
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