The US Department of Education today released a "Return to School Roadmap" that recommends schools adhere to CDC guidance that requires universal masking in K-12 schools. The road map sets certain priorities for schools, including health and safety; supporting students' social, emotional and mental health; and accelerating academic achievement.
An Ohio math teacher has taken to TikTok to show how he uses stickers of memes when grading homework and tests to indicate how each student performed, such as a sticker that says "Good job" on a meme of actor Ben Stiller giving a thumbs up. Posted on an account with the name JJgrubb, the video shows the teacher slapping stickers onto students' papers along with a range of grades, including failing ones.
Susan Shapiro, an assistant professor at the Touro College Graduate School of Education, offers five tips to help support teaching and learning in the 2021-22 school year. In this commentary, Shapiro offers ideas for teachers, including to allow time for socializing when dividing students into small groups and recognizing that learning took a step back during the pandemic.
The WeTeachAlabama broadcast and social media campaign aims to address state's teacher shortage by attracting the next generation of teachers and helping others get or maintain certification, says Eric Mackey, the executive director at School Superintendents of Alabama. The state also is working to fill 3,000 vacant math and science teaching positions by providing these educators with a $20,000 salary bump.
The Center for Radical Innovation for Social Change at the University of Chicago includes the Data Science for Everyone initiative, which supports data science instruction in K-12 schools. Jeffrey Severts, co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit center, says the goal is to break out of traditional math instruction and prepare students for modern life and careers by giving them skills to better understand and use data.
Beginning in the fall, some high-school students in low-income school districts will be able to enroll in free cloud computing courses for college credit. The courses are available through Amazon Web Services and the nonprofit National Education Equity Lab, and students are eligible to earn AWS certification.
Adobe is giving colleges and universities free access to its Adobe Analytics platform and curriculum designed to improve digital literacy, as part of the Adobe Creative Campus initiative. Four modules are available covering Data Collection, Analysis Workspace Fundamentals, Data Strategy and Architecture and Standard Metrics and Functionality.
Teachers and parents may want to evaluate how they view social media when it comes to youth, according to Rick Hess, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the director of the think tank’s Education Policy Studies. In this commentary, Hess asserts that social media can be valuable, but that students need to be better equipped and trained to navigate its complexities.
Students will benefit long-term from knowing at least basic coding skills, according to Kimberly Griggs, CTE engineering and advanced manufacturing and information and communications facilitator at Everett Public Schools. In this commentary, Griggs shares five reasons the district has prioritized coding and robotics, including enthusiasm among students and STEM engagement among female students.
School districts that purchased laptops, tablets and other connected devices can benefit from using buyback programs, former Apple educational consultant Paula Currie says in this interview. Currie answers questions about buyback concerns, guarantees and the best times of year to participate in buyback programs.
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