A Michigan school provides Taekwondo lessons to all fourth- and fifth-graders to help them learn emotional control and discipline. Last year, instructor Al Smith was hired to work with students having disciplinary issues, and the program expanded to include all students this year.
Johns Hopkins University researchers have found little improvement on student achievement following a $147 million one-to-one laptop program rolled out four years ago in Baltimore County Public Schools. The program was intended to provide technology equity to students, but academic gains are not yet noticeable, researchers said.
A survey shows a disconnect among educators' perceptions of participation in decision-making, with 96% of principals saying teachers are involved, but only 58% of teachers reporting that they feel that way. Researchers say principals need to ensure opportunities for broader teacher involvement.
Teacher Brian Pett started an after-school tabletop board game club at an Illinois junior high school to help teach students strategy and communication and to reduce their leisure screen time. The club plays newer-style games, often designed in Europe, that have a greater focus on strategy and negotiation among players.
The Tucson Unified School District in Arizona is recruiting more international teachers as it struggles to find enough US educators to fill classrooms. Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo says the district provides extra support for such teachers, assigning them a job coach for the first two years.
Michigan House members have approved a measure that would replace the state's color-coded dashboard school-evaluation system with an A-F grading system. The new system would be put into place by September if the Senate and governor approve.
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, anywhere from 30% to 70% of schools could be classified as "additional targeted schools," according to the Center for Assessment. Such schools may be performing well overall, but they have subgroups of students, such as students in special education, who are struggling academically and require extra support.
University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi says transparency and communication are top priorities, so she sends out weekly email and video updates on what her administration is doing. "For me, the biggest challenge will be earning the trust of everybody, and that's something you do over time," she admits.
Focusing on job statistics and limiting beliefs won't get you the job, explains Karlyn Borysenko, as this will kill motivation and confidence. Focus on the goal at hand and pursue the things that you can control while ignoring the things you can't, she adds.
The way students process stress could affect their scores on standardized tests, including the PSAT, writes Ned Johnson, founder and president of tutoring firm PrepMatters. In this guest blog post, he shares several tips for parents who want to help worried students manage test stress.
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