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.
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.
Michigan eighth-graders soon will start taking the College Board's PSAT 8/9 for their math and English assessments, instead of the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress. Michigan officials say the PSAT will better prepare students for the SAT.
Sometimes knowing the answer to a question is not nearly as fun or enlightening as not knowing where the learning path will take you, writes New York educator Fred Ende about the lessons he learned at ASCD Empower 19. Ende shares 10 takeaways from the event, including the importance of building a "culture of 'we'" and what he learned from doing the Macarena.
It's time to overhaul disciplinary practices in US high schools, writes Simone Ispa-Landa, an assistant professor at Northwestern University, and Heidi Gansen, a postdoctoral fellow. Ispa-Landa and Gansen suggest that school boards take steps to adopt policies that align school discipline with students' developmental needs.
Legislators in Texas are proposing initiatives aimed at boosting mental health care for children and youths to help combat school violence. Some mental health care advocates are concerned, though, that these efforts put unfair stigma on people who suffer with mental illnesses.
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