About 80 teachers in one Kentucky school district have become Google-certified educators, proving their proficiency in Google's apps and Classroom program. Some teachers say they have improved their instruction and seen better student engagement since using the apps.
High-school math teacher Michelle Russell recommends first-week-of-school activities for getting to know students and discussing classroom expectations. Russell used a doodle syllabus to talk about classroom procedures and norms, and relied on photos to practice students' names.
Students at two schools in Austin, Texas, will be able to earn associate degrees in cybersecurity and computer science or health science while in high school. Through the Career Launch program, students will be matched with professional mentors.
An Arizona middle school offers an after-school leadership program where professionals mentor students on preparing for high school, future careers and life skills. Mentors work with students by doing mock interviews, writing resumes, discussing time management and creating a college budget.
Students at a Texas elementary school will have access to virtual field trips through the school's Virtual Travel Club. Third-grade teacher Leslie Tillotson, who started the club, says she will use tools, such as Skype, FaceTime and email, to provide real-world connections.
Some universities and colleges in states such as California and Vermont are improving faculty recruitment by offering housing options or help buying homes. Leaders considering a housing policy should consult with faculty about their needs and study whether purchasing existing homes or building on-campus housing is a better fit, some experts suggest.
Math teachers in this blog post share how they tackle the often-asked question, "Why do I have to learn this?" Nicole Smith says she shows students how math is used in the real world, and Justin Minkel says he uses simulations to teach concepts.
Schools in the UK should do more to nurture and celebrate linguistic diversity, write Elizabeth Bailey and Emma Marsden of the University of York. In this commentary, they assert that English often takes the priority, even though as many as 300 languages are spoken in British schools.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued updated guidance on pediatric hypertension screening. The guidelines suggest that children's blood pressure should be screened using new tables based on normal-weight youths, while BP tables for adults should be used for adolescents ages 13 and older.
If US lawmakers do not vote to raise the debt ceiling by Sept. 30, the US Department of Education and other parts of the government could shut down. This blog post offers four possibilities for educators to consider as debate gets underway.