Teachers can use classic literature to help facilitate discussions about racism and social justice in the present day, high-school teacher Adam Mackie writes. Mackie shares his approach, including one activity in which students identify themselves using "culture cards."
The US Department of Education has approved plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act for every state and Washington, D.C. Now, however, as some states -- including Michigan, New Mexico, Indiana, South Carolina and Wyoming -- plan revisions to their ESSA plan, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will have to decide whether to allow such reforms.
Many public universities and colleges, such as the California Community Colleges and the University of Massachusetts system, have announced they are planning large-scale online-learning initiatives to attract nontraditional learners and students from other states. However, several high-profile failures offer cautionary tales for universities that want to launch such programs.
Montana fourth-grade teacher Rachel Christensen is teaching the game cribbage to her students to bolster their math skills. The game helps students practice their math facts and reasoning as well as provide a tool for learning interpersonal and social skills.
Newer teachers in Los Angeles are more likely to be in classrooms with a higher number of struggling students, a trend that can affect teachers' career paths and outcomes for students, according to a recent study. Officials in the district say they work to place teachers fairly and tap top teachers, including National Board Certified Teachers, to mentor educators who are less experienced in the classroom.
An Indiana elementary school is teaching English-language learners in class with their peers, instead of pulling ELL students out of class for separate English lessons. The school district recruited licensed teachers and helped current educators obtain certification to teach ELLs, so classes would be taught by dual-certified teachers or staffed with an ELL co-teacher.
US immigration courts have seen an increase in cases involving speakers of indigenous languages, such as those from Mexico and Central America, and securing interpreters has been a challenge, even in Chicago and New York. Certified interpreters who speak the languages are in high demand, and if one is found, court hearings have to be planned weeks or months in advance, creating additional challenges.
Seventy-nine percent of educators in 15 countries say students' emotional well-being is tied to their academic success, according to a survey commissioned by Microsoft and produced by The Economist's Intelligence Unit. They survey also found that data-gathering and analytics tools, as well as online games and virtual assistants, can be used by teachers to help improve students' well-being.
High-school students in a Mississippi district have been accepted into a summer internship program. The program was launched as part of an effort to help students prepare for college and career.
Water security may be in more danger than many think, per research based on observations from a NASA satellite. A map based on the data reveals "persistent, distinct patterns that define emerging classes of water 'haves' and 'have-nots' around the world," writes Jay Famiglietti of the University of Saskatchewan.
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