A school district in Illinois continues to recover from a ransomware attack that occurred during the first days of the school year. Included in its recovery plans is a mandatory security awareness training for staff offered by an outside vendor.
More than 260 million children worldwide lack access to basic education, according to a report from the Gates Foundation released today. Bill Gates says that the solution to closing literacy gaps is more primary-school teachers, small class sizes and teachers who are paid and come to work.
Developing relationships with students can help drive competency-based learning, asserts Julia Freeland Fisher of the Clayton Christensen Institute. In this commentary, she shares three ways to forge deeper relationships, including assessing students' broader competencies.
Four strategies can help school leaders promote diversity and integration in their districts, write Patrick Finley and Damon McCord, co-principals of the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Queens, N.Y. In this commentary, they outline the tactics, including reaching out to stakeholders and building a school around the whole child.
Taking lessons outside can support academics and serious learning, according to Kate Ehrenfeld Gardoqui, a senior associate with the Great Schools Partnership and former Maine Teacher of the Year finalist. In this opinion article, she counters assumptions that outdoor learning is all about fun and she offers a list of questions for teachers to ask themselves before taking their classes outside.
Kindergartners and first-graders at a Georgia elementary are learning Mandarin Chinese through immersive instruction. The district has partnered with the Confucius Institute at Savannah State University and a guest teacher program to bring in teachers -- some of them from China -- to teach the students the language with songs, puppets and math lessons.
Researchers say there's a correlation between strict middle schools that suspend students more often and adverse outcomes for students that attend such schools, such as getting arrested or not finishing college. The study does not establish causation, but researchers say it seems to point to a "school to prison pipeline," with nonwhite and male students seeing the largest negative effects of strict suspension policies.
An elementary-school librarian in Texas has helped to transform the way students read by leading an effort to install reading bikes -- half bike, half desk -- that allow students to pedal while reading. "Just the physical benefits of having children move in a school day are shown to increase their reading retention and reading fluency, and I thought I can't really ride bikes in here, but we could sit and ride," school librarian Jennifer Coleman said.
Nearly 30,000 K-12 students, including many in Chicago Public Schools, are learning math by studying angles and other concepts used by professional hockey players. Students are taking an online course called Future Goals-Hockey Scholar, created by the National Hockey League and tech startup EverFi.
The highest percentage of Twitter users worldwide are in Saudi Arabia, and schools now should consider tapping that interest in social media to teach the English language, according to Andrea Mehringer, an American English language educator living and working in Saudi Arabia. In this commentary, she shares how social media could boost teaching and learning.
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