Goal-tracking can help middle- and high-school students learn how to prioritize tasks and move toward success, writes Maurice Elias, an expert in social and emotional learning. Elias suggests students use journals to track their progress and he outlines a method -- called the SMART format -- that educators can use in their classrooms.
Some teachers are using the popular short-form video application, TikTok, with their students, including Andrew Kozlowsky, a Maryland social studies teacher who allowed students to make TikTok videos about the Missouri Compromise of 1820. However, educators are advised to use the platform with caution, with some saying TikTok could be a distraction and used as a bullying tool.
Some students in rural Knott County, Ky., are learning about the importance of the census and are working to educate families and communities about the process and the importance of participating in the 2020 count by the U.S. Census Bureau. A regional student government created by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative is spearheading education efforts and some teachers are incorporating the census into lessons.
Education leaders across the US are strained as they face intense scrutiny and rising expectations, particularly in low-income communities, write Michael Johanek of the University of Pennsylvania and Ken Spero of the Penn GSE Mid-Career Doctoral Program and Ed Leadership SIMS. They write about the need for training that helps these leaders develop the professional judgment required to do their work effectively.
Several years after Texas was found to be violating federal law by denying special-education services to students who needed them, parents and advocates say they are still waiting for resources and guidance promised by the state. State officials say they are making progress, but the percentage of students receiving services remains below average.
Among high-school students, those from rural communities lag behind their peers in some measurements of college readiness, a report from Rural School and Community Trust finds. According to author and associate professor Bob Klein, reliable broadband access to the internet could improve rural students' college readiness by giving them access to SAT and ACT test prep and other academic resources.
Spicules of plasma near the sun's surface are likely formed with the realignment of magnetic fields, driving heat into the corona, according to findings published in Science. Solar physicist Tanmoy Samanta and other researchers took images of spicules with the Goode Solar Telescope and measured the magnetic field around them as part of their research.
Students from 11 high schools in Georgia recently competed in the East Georgia Workforce Development Alliance Skill Challenge. The event, now in its sixth year, promotes careers in the construction industry.
Writing for an authentic audience can motivate students -- and improve the overall quality of their work, according to middle-school English teacher Kasey Short. In this article, Short shares tips for designing writing assignments for an authentic audience and strategies such as students transforming their work into a podcast or email that could be shared outside of the classroom.
New Mississippi school district superintendent Coke Magee says one of his top priorities is to create an atmosphere in schools that attracts and retains new teachers. Magee, who began his career as a teacher, says he "got into education because I wanted to teach a little history and coach a little ball."
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