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New surveys aim to assess school climate
New surveys aim to assess school climate
A national nonprofit has created a series of free Web-based surveys that schools and districts can use to assess the climate of their schools. The American Institutes for Research has created the ED School Climate Surveys for the United States Departme...
Can research prove ties between mindfulness and achievement?
Can research prove ties between mindfulness and achievement?
Researchers are in the first year of a three-year-study on how mindfulness programs affect the academic performance of children in 30 high poverty Chicago schools. The researchers will follow approximately 2,000 students in kindergarten, first and seco...
What changes when a school embraces mindfulness?
What changes when a school embraces mindfulness?
It was lunch time at Marysville School in Southeast Portland when the fire broke out. Teachers quickly herded their students out of the building to the sports field behind the school as the old colonial-style building burned. The fire that traumatized ...
5 leadership requirements essential for change
5 leadership requirements essential for change
Most educators want the classroom to change; to improve teaching and learning by leveraging technology. The terms blended learning and its subset, flipped learning, are touted extensively as useful educational goals. However, to increase the probabilit...
Virtual, blended schools growing despite struggles, analysis finds
Virtual, blended schools growing despite struggles, analysis finds
Virtual and blended schools continue to grow at a rapid pace despite persistently "dismal" academic outcomes and little knowledge about their internal workings, according to a new analysis from the National Education Policy Center. In 2013-2014, 262,00...
Classroom decorations should motivate, then educate
Classroom decorations should motivate, then educate
Look to your left, then look to your right. If you saw an inspirational sign on each side, you are most likely in a teacher's classroom. Classroom walls that were once filled with equations and historical facts now include more motivational phrases tha...
Where is the talk about public education?
Where is the talk about public education?
When election time rolls around, candidates spar over a wide range of issues. However, it is rather strange to see the absence of heated discussion about public education in this year's presidential race. Furthermore, there are two distinct trends we n...
Incarceration affects education, panel says as Education Department releases new resources
Incarceration affects education, panel says as Education Department releases new resources
Schools need better resources and guidance to help youth with incarcerated parents feel supported and to help them navigate changing family dynamics when their parents are released, a roundtable of students, parents and re-entry professionals told U.S....
11 states sue over Obama's school transgender directive
11 states sue over Obama's school transgender directive
Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. The lawsuit includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, W...
Schools reminded not to delay special ed evaluations
Schools reminded not to delay special ed evaluations
Officials at the U.S. Department of Education are raising concerns that school districts are inappropriately holding up or preventing evaluations of kids who may have disabilities. In a notice sent to state education leaders across the country this spr...
School nutrition can get a kick-start with breakfast
School nutrition can get a kick-start with breakfast
The school nutrition focus has long been on school lunches, but children's breakfast is gaining some attention lately. The results in participation and performance are encouraging. When the U.S. Department of Agriculture implemented national school lun...
There's no shortcut to success for children with LD
There's no shortcut to success for children with LD
A parent patiently guides his child who has fine motor challenges to learn how to tie her shoes independently. Suddenly, they hear the toot of the bus driver's horn. The parent sighs in frustration and chooses to "just" tie his daughter's shoes with th...
Should yoga and meditation be added into the K-12 curriculum?
Should yoga and meditation be added into the K-12 curriculum?
Yoga does not only have a positive effect on adults, but it is beneficial for school aged children as well. Brightwood Education Campus in Washington D.C. made a remarkable step by adding yoga and meditation into their curriculum. According to Yoganony...
Protecting students of all religious backgrounds from unlawful discrimination
Protecting students of all religious backgrounds from unlawful discrimination
All students deserve access to a high-quality education, from preschool through college. Throughout the last seven-and-a-half years, the Obama administration and the Department of Education have worked to safeguard the rights and protections of our stu...
4 elements to successful bullying recognition and prevention
4 elements to successful bullying recognition and prevention
Recognizing and preventing bullying in schools is primarily a matter of organized implementation of a few critical themes. Effectively addressing the complex dynamics between a target, a bully and bystanders involves strategies that include reducing is...
Study indicates positive teacher-student relationships might be more effective than counseling, a...
Study indicates positive teacher-student relationships might be more effective than counseling, a...
If there was any question about how important the role of a teacher in a child's life is, a new study has substantiated this further with some new evidence. Members of the Violence Research Centre at Cambridge's Institute of Criminology and colleagues ...
Number of US students in special education ticks upward
Number of US students in special education ticks upward
After years of steady decline, the nationwide count of school-age students covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has shown an upswing since the 2011-12 school year based on the most recently available federal data, driven by rap...
Rural school collaboratives: Key to success?
Rural school collaboratives: Key to success?
Rural schools face unique challenges that other schools don't, and for that reason many struggle with graduating students who are well-prepared to succeed beyond high school and help ignite the often already struggling economies in their rural communit...
In African-American communities, growing interest in home-schooling
In African-American communities, growing interest in home-schooling
On a quiet street in Detroit, light pours into the back windows of the Kirksey home. In the back of the house the walls are lined with textbooks, workbooks and multicultural children's books. It's a home — but it's also a classroom. Brandon, 8, i...
4 essential priorities for making sense of student data
4 essential priorities for making sense of student data
Four data policy priorities can help state policymakers take advantage of data provisions in the Every Students Succeeds Act in order to move from data compliance to leveraging data to improve student learning, according to a new report from the Data Q...
Counselors versus cops
Counselors versus cops
Many of America's biggest school districts have prioritized security officers over counselors. In Houston, that means there's only one counselor for every 1,175 students. School security officers outnumber counselors in four out of the 10 largest publi...
Study: The children of children who went to desegregated schools reap benefits, too
Study: The children of children who went to desegregated schools reap benefits, too
It was 62 years ago that the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark decision that separate schools for whites and blacks were "inherently unequal," thus setting in motion more than 800 school desegregation court orders around the country. A Be...
20 tips to help de-escalate interactions with anxious or defiant students
20 tips to help de-escalate interactions with anxious or defiant students
Students' behavior is a form of communication and when it's negative it almost always stems from an underlying cause. There are many reasons kids might be acting out, which makes it difficult for a teacher in a crowded classroom to figure out the root ...
Why educators are unable to stop bias-based bullying
Why educators are unable to stop bias-based bullying
State and local lawmakers have put policies in place to address and prevent bullying. Many schools too have implemented interventions to improve school climate to reduce bullying behaviors. Despite these efforts, in my research and experiences in schoo...
More than 6 million kids are chronically absent. What gets them back in class?
More than 6 million kids are chronically absent. What gets them back in class?
In schools across the country, teachers have long fretted about the challenges of reaching students who don't come to class. Education researchers echo those concerns, saying that missing 10 percent of the school year — just two days a month R...
Louisiana to require teaching cursive all the way through 12th grade
Louisiana to require teaching cursive all the way through 12th grade
Starting in 2017, students in Louisiana schools will learn cursive writing in 3rd grade — and they'll keep getting instruction on it through graduation. A bill signed by Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards applies to both traditional public scho...
Communication is key when teaching students with LD
Communication is key when teaching students with LD
For parents of children with ADHD, every task throughout the day can be a struggle — from waking up and making it to school on time to getting homework done and going to bed at night. And small fits can quickly turn into something big — esp...
5 classroom tech priorities for the coming school year
5 classroom tech priorities for the coming school year
More than 50 million students will soon return to school, and school districts have been spending the summer upgrading classroom technology in preparation for their return. For all the work done this summer, IT administrators will look for ways to cont...
Maine classroom seeks to connect problem students with school, peers
Maine classroom seeks to connect problem students with school, peers
Figuring out how to deal with "problem children" in the classroom has always been a challenge for teachers and administrators. These students, who often have social and emotional problems, have traditionally been punished with a trip the principal's of...
Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards
Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards
Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. And not always as reward for a correct answer. Teachers use them as conceptual props to explain an operation like division. It works intuitively enough with whole numbers. If you h...
Study: School districts are a big reason for the rise in income segregation in the US
Study: School districts are a big reason for the rise in income segregation in the US
It's no secret that in searching for a home, parents scrutinize nearby schools. The wealthy can afford to live in neighborhoods with small school districts, where most other students are wealthy, too. Now, a new study out of USC lends credence to the n...
Most districts are doing nothing about the homework gap; a few are making a big difference
Most districts are doing nothing about the homework gap; a few are making a big difference
The growing ubiquity of internet access and pervasive use of online information has changed the learning landscape forever. Students continue to benefit from enhanced connectivity throughout the formal school day thanks to a $1.5 billion increase i...
The benefits of teaching in two languages
The benefits of teaching in two languages
From New York to Utah, U.S. schools have seen a steady rise in bilingual education. Dual-language immersion programs first appeared in the U.S. in the 1960s to serve Spanish-speaking students in Florida. Since then, the demand — and controversy &...
Report: Small subgroup of parents opt students out of standardized tests, majority support them
Report: Small subgroup of parents opt students out of standardized tests, majority support them
In the 2014-2015 school year, a small but distinct group of parents opted out of standardized testing for their children. However, the majority of the general public opposes opting children out, according to a new report from Educational Testing Servic...
The 7 questions every new teacher should be able to answer
The 7 questions every new teacher should be able to answer
Alan November, a contributor for eSchool News, writes: "Not long ago, the leadership team of a school district I was working with asked me: 'If you were going to hire a new teacher, what would you ask in the interview?' They were concerned that hiring ...
Augmented and virtual reality: Where is the educational value?
Augmented and virtual reality: Where is the educational value?
In the Methacton School District in a Philadelphia suburb, a high school oceanography class recently visited the Great Barrier Reef, while a Spanish class traveled to cities in Spain and Mexico. The students and their teachers were taking part in the G...
ADHD in the classroom: A struggle for teachers and students
ADHD in the classroom: A struggle for teachers and students
Hudson Dunn has always been an active boy. His daycare teachers called him "demanding" and "independent." In preschool, he preferred singing and daydreaming to learning the ABCs. By the time he was in kindergarten in Broward County, Hudson was banned f...
5 years in, results paint complex picture of Common Core
5 years in, results paint complex picture of Common Core
More than five years after many states implemented Common Core, the impact on student achievement remains unclear - though some states show small academic gains, with persistent achievement gaps.
What should districts keep in mind when weighing new federal testing guidelines?
What should districts keep in mind when weighing new federal testing guidelines?
In a video released by the U.S. Department of Education, acting Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King Jr. discussed ways states can get rid of poor quality, redundant, and "unhelpful" testing. The YouTube clip, announced via press release, came along...
Making it right through student voice: Restorative justice in school
Making it right through student voice: Restorative justice in school
In an effort to find new ways to reduce bullying and student conflict, many schools in recent years have been turning to restorative justice models to address student behavior while strengthening the culture and climate of the school community. Most re...
The promise of integrated schools
The promise of integrated schools
Charlotte, North Carolina, became a national model for school desegregation in the 1970s, busing students to balance the racial composition of its schools. Decades later, Charlotte is a city where no racial or ethnic group constitutes a majority of res...
5 steps to enhance school network security
5 steps to enhance school network security
School districts, by nature, run open environments where administrators, teachers and students share information, so setting rules and restrictions for the sake of IT security may not always be top of mind. Matthew Frederickson, director of information...
How should educators act on social media?
How should educators act on social media?
A Georgia Education Department leader was fired recently for implying on Facebook that students in his state can't perform as well as their peers in Finland because of their skin color. Incidents like this across the country have sparked a conversation...
Digital learning games breaking into K-12 mainstream
Digital learning games breaking into K-12 mainstream
The makers of digital learning games and their advocates have struggled for years to break into the mainstream of K-12 education. The games suffered from the perception that they were not directly linked to district curricula or that they lacked academ...
Report: Parents overestimate children's academic achievement, need tools to guide their education
Report: Parents overestimate children's academic achievement, need tools to guide their education
Most parents want their children to go to college, and most also believe their child is performing at or above grade level, but their beliefs about their children's academic achievement doesn't reflect national assessment data, according to a new repor...
Laptops in classrooms help students learn
Laptops in classrooms help students learn
It turns out more screens might actually be a good thing for kids. A study from Michigan State University found students' learning improved when they were given their own laptop, or similar device. The report was a meta-analysis of studies looking at t...
Allow your district's IT department to have a relaxing summer: Automate access management
Allow your district's IT department to have a relaxing summer: Automate access management
As summer is upon us, not all school districts employees are looking forward to relaxing for a few months. System administrators often need to prepare during the off-student months for the new school year by making all the appropriate changes to their ...
Depression in the home can significantly impact kids' grades
Depression in the home can significantly impact kids' grades
When parents suffer depression, there can be a ripple effect on children. Kids may become anxious, even sad. There may be behavior problems. Health may suffer. Recently, a large Swedish study showed that grades may decline, too, when a parent is depres...
6 ways to make your blended learning PD more successful
6 ways to make your blended learning PD more successful
The move to blended learning has been labelled as "disruptive" by many, such as Clayton Christensen in his book "Disrupting Class." It is a significant shift in the teaching and learning paradigm. Thus, it would seem obvious that substantial profession...
Tools to assess social and emotional learning in schools
Tools to assess social and emotional learning in schools
Social and emotional learning plays a key role in children's academic readiness and success. Students with strong SEL skills participate more in the classroom, have more positive attitudes about and involvement with school, are more accepted by classma...
How to develop a school culture that helps curb bullying
How to develop a school culture that helps curb bullying
After years of dealing with school bullying through traditional punishments, Carolyne Quintana, the principal of Bronxdale High School in New York City, introduced restorative justice approaches at her school because she wanted students to feel trusted...
The importance of emphasizing online safety to students
The importance of emphasizing online safety to students
The Internet and digital technology touch almost every aspect of our daily lives. Our children use technology more and more each day, and at younger ages than ever. According to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, 70 percent of kids have a mobil...
Why handwriting is still essential in the keyboard age
Why handwriting is still essential in the keyboard age
Do children in a keyboard world need to learn old-fashioned handwriting? There is a tendency to dismiss handwriting as a nonessential skill, even though researchers have warned that learning to write may be the key to, well, learning to write. And beyo...
Feds sketch out details of literacy center for students with disabilities
Feds sketch out details of literacy center for students with disabilities
The Every Student Succeeds Act, the successor to No Child Left Behind, promised the creation of a center aimed at reducing illiteracy among students in special education (among other provisions affecting students with disabilities). Now we have an bett...
Nation's disciplined teacher data to be audited state by state
Nation's disciplined teacher data to be audited state by state
A state-by-state audit of the nation's only database for tracking teacher misconduct is being ordered in the wake of a USA Today network investigation that found thousands of missing names in the listing of troublesome educators. Education agencies in ...
A new plan to get high school students to take college classes
A new plan to get high school students to take college classes
The costs of college textbooks and fees, as well as being responsible for their own transportation, proved too much for some students in Career and College Promise, a dual-enrollment program at Guilford Technical Community College. A couple reduced the...
Chaos, change and no change at all: 3 stories of school money
Chaos, change and no change at all: 3 stories of school money
My goal for this special session is to keep the schools open, said Sam Brownback, Republican governor of Kansas, talking about a high-stakes gathering today in Topeka. He called lawmakers back from their vacations for a special session after the state'...
CPS offers appeals for shrinking, confusing school budgets
CPS offers appeals for shrinking, confusing school budgets
As Chicago Public School principals contend with about $140 million less than they had to spend a year ago, the district said will accept formal appeals for more money starting Aug. 1.
Microcredentials provide highly personalized PD
Microcredentials provide highly personalized PD
Few teachers receive individualized professional development, though many are expected to personalize learning for students. Microcredentials — digital badges that teachers earn by learning a skill and demonstrating mastery through student result...
Online tool lights the way for districts in FCC bandwidth race
Online tool lights the way for districts in FCC bandwidth race
How does your school district's bandwidth spending compare with its neighbors? A new online tool offers a transparent view of public-school Internet usage and how much district leaders are spending. EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit dedicated to helpi...
Schools get clarity on transgender student restroom access
Schools get clarity on transgender student restroom access
A federal appeals court's decision to side with a transgender student who sued after his school restricted his restroom access could have far-reaching implications for schools around the country that have lacked legal clarity on this divisive issue. Th...
What if America's teachers made more money?
What if America's teachers made more money?
As districts in certain parts of the country battle staffing shortages and schools nationwide seek to overcome a general sense of dissatisfaction among faculty, several states are considering proposals to pay their public-school teachers more money. Th...
A virtual start can mean real sleep for students
A virtual start can mean real sleep for students
Every year, 7:30 a.m. seems to come earlier. If that sentiment seems familiar, perhaps you are the parent of a teenager. With three teenagers, the daily gauntlet to get them out the door and to school on time has gotten tougher as they reached middle a...
'Get to green:' California wants to grade school performance with colors instead of a single number
'Get to green:' California wants to grade school performance with colors instead of a single number
For the last 15 years, a number between 200 and 1,000 told parents in California how good their child's school was.
Kids more active, less depressed when playgrounds include natural elements
Kids more active, less depressed when playgrounds include natural elements
Adding natural elements like sand, bricks and bamboo can transform a dull outdoor play space into an imaginative playground for children and even reduce depression signs, according to a new UBC study. The study, conducted over six months in 2014, invol...
You can't learn what you can't see
You can't learn what you can't see
It's one of the most basic things in education: seeing the board. Research has shown, over and over again, that if you can't see, you're going to have an awfully hard time in school. And yet too often this simple issue gets overlooked. Just this year, ...
Simply punishing students for bullying will not address the problem
Simply punishing students for bullying will not address the problem
The spring legislative season is well underway, and, as has been the case for the last several years, a number of states are again considering and passing amendments to their anti-bullying laws. This year, Florida and Kentucky, for example, saw amendme...
'Get children playing outdoors' to improve academic success and reduce obesity
'Get children playing outdoors' to improve academic success and reduce obesity
Campaigns to promote physical activity and reduce obesity among children should focus more on active outdoor play, according to a study led at the University of Strathclyde. The Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card 2016 has found that children's ph...
Does school climate influence, even determine teacher effectiveness?
Does school climate influence, even determine teacher effectiveness?
The Seventy-Four took a look at research over the years that has indicated that good schools help good teachers be effective - but a school with a negative school climate can leave even the best of teachers with their hands tied.
Will 3-D technology break through to the educational mainstream?
Will 3-D technology break through to the educational mainstream?
Picture this: A student wears a set of goggles that transport her from a classroom in Athens, Georgia, to the Parthenon, 5,600 miles away in Athens, Greece. In an interactive, 3-D world, she peers up and down each of the 17 columns on the temple's side...
Attention, students: Put your laptops away
Attention, students: Put your laptops away
As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. Typing your notes is faster — which comes in handy when there's a lot of information ...
Professional development should make teachers feel urgent, not small and isolated
Professional development should make teachers feel urgent, not small and isolated
Technology, collaboration, and new standards are changing the classroom at a rapid pace. Every teacher's professional development must keep up.
The superintendent struggles: What hinders them from getting the job done
The superintendent struggles: What hinders them from getting the job done
District superintendents have a lot of responsibilities. But when do those responsibilities — working with a board, managing relationships — hinder them from moving their schools forward for the betterment of student learning? Superintenden...
When celebrating learning differences is at the heart of school culture
When celebrating learning differences is at the heart of school culture
Teachers and parents have long known that every child learns differently, excelling in some areas and struggling in others. And yet many schools still struggle to help students learn a set of standards, while allowing who they are as learners to determ...
State offers laptops as trade-in for school iPads
State offers laptops as trade-in for school iPads
After hearing students and teachers overwhelmingly say iPad computers are used to play games in class, while laptops are better for schoolwork, Auburn and other Maine districts are sending iPads packing and returning to laptops. The Maine Department of...
School readiness eroded by chronic illness
School readiness eroded by chronic illness
Kids who are constantly sick early in childhood may have a much harder time in school than their peers who don't have a history of chronic illness, a recent study suggests. Researchers assessed school readiness in almost 23,000 children in Western Aus...
Sensory room designed for calming effect on special needs students
Sensory room designed for calming effect on special needs students
It's been estimated that one in every 68 children in the United States has autism or falls into the autism spectrum. It has been reported that boys are more likely than girls to be autistic, and it often occurs with other disorders. Children do not hav...
Survey: Common Core stress down
Survey: Common Core stress down
Teachers are less stressed about the Common Core or about teacher accountability requirements this year than they were last year. And roughly the same high number of educators who were using some kind of digital material in their work last year are con...
Sparking curiosity for fractions with tasks that feel real to students
Sparking curiosity for fractions with tasks that feel real to students
Fractions come up all the time in everyday life, and yet, they are often a difficult concept for elementary school-aged children to grasp. One way to help kids understand fractions as concrete things is to give them real world examples. In this Teachin...
Overdoses force administrators to shift tactics, stock emergency medicine
Overdoses force administrators to shift tactics, stock emergency medicine
The number of districts and states rushing to stock an emergency antidote that can revive students suffering heroin overdoses shows the severe degree to which the nation's latest drug epidemic has disrupted schools. Students who in the past might have ...
For children to be independent thinkers, we must teach autonomy
For children to be independent thinkers, we must teach autonomy
When I asked junior high students to look back on their school career and describe the assignment that stood out most for them, most named activities where they were in the driver's seat. They claimed having the opportunity to take responsibility for t...
Study: Schools in most states skimp on physical education
Study: Schools in most states skimp on physical education
Most states don't provide students with enough physical education, a new report finds. Just 19 states require elementary school students to take physical education classes for a set amount of time, and only 15 set minimum rules for middle school studen...
Why schools should provide one laptop per child
Why schools should provide one laptop per child
A recent international study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found no positive evidence of impact of educational technology on student performance. It did not find any significant improvement in reading, math or science in ...
8 things you need to know about lead exposure in water
8 things you need to know about lead exposure in water
Recent news reports about lead in water supplies in many U.S. cities raise serious concerns, especially about the well-being of young children. Lead exposure causes significantly greater harm to children than adults. Exposure can lead to developmental ...
Playgrounds for all
Playgrounds for all
On a crisp, sunny Saturday morning in February, the yard surrounding San Francisco's Alvarado Elementary School buzzes with activity. Adept climbers grunt as they swing along three sets of monkey bars, scooters zip across the blacktop, and basketballs ...
School leaders say they need more practical training in education technology. Here's one way that...
School leaders say they need more practical training in education technology. Here's one way that...
Barbara Treacy, a lecturer at Harvard University with expertise in blended learning, has devoted quite a bit of time to talking to school leaders about education technology. A theme developed from these conversations. Over and over she heard from admin...
6 ways to stay connected with your community this summer
6 ways to stay connected with your community this summer
Jennifer Parish, a contributor for Scholastic Administration Magazine, writes: "Like every school district in America, mine — Poquoson City Public Schools in Virginia—is preparing for summer break. While summer is a great excuse to recharge...
Is discipline reform really helping decrease school violence?
Is discipline reform really helping decrease school violence?
The allegations sound like a parent's nightmare. Roughly two dozen children at New York City schools were hit, kicked and bullied by fellow students while administrators stood by, according to a recent class-action lawsuit. "The data we have seen shows...
Physical education in American schools is getting lapped
Physical education in American schools is getting lapped
Every week, it seems, we see another article about the greatness of Finland's schools: sky-high test scores, no formal schooling until age 7 (when our kids are already taking their practice PARCCs), and a "mandatory 15-minute outdoor free-play break ev...
10 realities about bullying at school and online
10 realities about bullying at school and online
In spite of national campaigns against bullying, including legislation in some states that punishes offenders and imposes strict reporting standards on schools, as many kids as ever report being victimized by their peers. The most recent survey by the ...
Why testing prevails in K-12 education
Why testing prevails in K-12 education
The Obama administration announced new priorities surrounding the Enhancement Assessment Grant program, designed to help states and districts get smarter about standardized testing. The new efforts build upon an October 2015 announcement of President B...
4 apps to foster parent-teacher communication
4 apps to foster parent-teacher communication
Technology, particularly smartphones, has changed the way we sleep, eat, read and watch TV. So why should teachers still regularly relay information to parents by sending a piece of paper home with their child? A Gallup poll found that only 20 percent ...
Decaying school buildings have physical, psychological consequences
Decaying school buildings have physical, psychological consequences
Crumbling infrastructure in American K-12 classrooms isn't just a political football. It also presents physical and psychological dangers for students and teachers alike. Poor school conditions have an impact on student performance and learning. In the...
4 college application strategies for gap year students
4 college application strategies for gap year students
Taking a gap year before college — as President Barack Obama's daughter, Malia, plans to do — can be an enriching opportunity. Whether traveling, working or volunteering, the year off after high school can open new paths. A gap year, howeve...
Why better STEM programs are the key to creating global citizens
Why better STEM programs are the key to creating global citizens
Overworked teachers and overburdened curriculum makes improving STEM programs a challenge, but there are solutions. Knowledge has become a commodity. We live in a society today were facts are at our fingertips through ready access to the internet and s...
5 myths working against character education in our schools
5 myths working against character education in our schools
Maurice Elias, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "Social and emotional learning and character education make a lot of common sense. We know that students have to be prepared for college, career and life success. We also know that families and communi...
Research suggests students learn more when collaborating in virtual reality games
Research suggests students learn more when collaborating in virtual reality games
With the help of a virtual reality game their professor created, students at Cornell University have gathered evidence that interacting with others in a game-playing atmosphere may help them learn more. Using a language-learning game, "Crystalize," cre...
Rethinking responses to bullying
Rethinking responses to bullying
The results of a national survey of more than 1,500 high school students call into question the effectiveness of staff responses to bullying. The survey conducted last October by our Embrace Civility in the Digital Age project provides helpful insights...
Despite lack of scientific evidence, ban Wi-Fi movement persists
Despite lack of scientific evidence, ban Wi-Fi movement persists
According to proponents of a movement against in-school Wi-Fi, the technology has significant health impacts on some students. Though it's a matter of debate, the answer to whether the movement is grounded in science might not matter for school adminis...
For new teachers, classrooms aren't just blank slates. They're blank, expensive slates
For new teachers, classrooms aren't just blank slates. They're blank, expensive slates
For new teachers, an empty classroom holds a world of possibility. As they are quick to learn, those bare walls can demand major investments in time and money. But part of the problem, experts say, might be that new teachers get little guidance in how ...
Software, classroom management top interests among teachers for online professional learning
Software, classroom management top interests among teachers for online professional learning
Teachers typically take advantage of online professional learning opportunities because they are personally interested in finding out more about subjects; they're most interested in learning about software and digital resources and classroom management...
Is your district future ready?
Is your district future ready?
In November of 2014, President Barack Obama challenged district superintendents to sign the Future Ready Pledge. By signing it, they committed to working with teachers, families and community members to transition their districts to "personalized, digi...
To reduce student suspensions, teachers should try being more empathetic
To reduce student suspensions, teachers should try being more empathetic
School suspension rates have nearly tripled in the United States since the 1970s, rising from just 3.7 percent of all students in 1974 to nearly 11 percent in 2011. That's a big deal because missed class means missed learning, and suspensions can predi...
Survey: Teachers still struggling to use tech to transform instruction
Survey: Teachers still struggling to use tech to transform instruction
A majority of K-12 educators responding to a new survey see themselves as risk takers or early adopters in using technology. But the exclusive survey, conducted by the Education Week Research Center for this year's edition of Technology Counts, found t...
Study: Reducing teachers' stress results in better classrooms
Study: Reducing teachers' stress results in better classrooms
A new study from the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education program found that teachers who practice stress-reducing techniques are able to adjust to the demands of the career better, Phys.org says. Managing a classroom oftentimes relate to...
Let's get digitally physical: Technology in gym class
Let's get digitally physical: Technology in gym class
It's no secret that childhood obesity is a big problem in the U.S.; according to the CDC, over 17 percent of children ages 2 to 19 are obese. With the nation's obesity rates still alarmingly high, physical education in schools is as important as ever. ...
How can high-poverty schools connect with students?
How can high-poverty schools connect with students?
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5 tech trends reshaping education
5 tech trends reshaping education
Presenting to a packed house at ISTE 2016, educational technology expert Jason Ohler asked educators to dig deep and consider how they want to influence their students' lives. "Be a door-opener," said the professional speaker and author.
Schools to begin monitoring students from military families
Schools to begin monitoring students from military families
Schools across the country are preparing to formally track students from military families, monitoring their academic progress as they move from military base to military base and state to state, under a new provision in the federal education law. The ...
New York releases majority of Common Core test questions
New York releases majority of Common Core test questions
The New York state education department announced it was releasing 75 percent of the multiple-choice items from its 2016 Common Core-aligned math and English/language arts tests, and that it was doing so earlier than usual to give teachers a chance to ...
Report: Virtual charter schools require reform
Report: Virtual charter schools require reform
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 50CAN and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers published a report addressing the underperforming virtual charter school sector, calling on states to overhaul legislation and to close c...
Transgender directive prompts school boards to take action one way or the other
Transgender directive prompts school boards to take action one way or the other
In the month following the Obama administration's directive on the rights of transgendered students in schools, school boards' reactions to the guidance vary. The directive does not carry the weight of law, but it for the first time interprets how Titl...
How marginalized families are pushed out of PTAs
How marginalized families are pushed out of PTAs
When Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park, Maryland, told parents in the fall of 2014 that it would allow students to use Chromebooks as a way to bridge the digital divide between low-income families and affluent families, there were mixed ...
5 questions that promote student success in high-poverty schools
5 questions that promote student success in high-poverty schools
Leaders in high-performing, high-poverty schools know that success requires more than just high-quality teaching and learning. The entire school, as a system, should work together to develop a common instructional framework that provides a vision of wh...
Action video gameplay: Benefits and dangers
Action video gameplay: Benefits and dangers
Melina Uncapher, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "A growing body of behavioral and neuroscientific evidence is revealing the positive benefits of action video gameplay for improving a wide range of abilities, from simple perceptual and motor skills...
At least one full-time nurse per school, pediatric group recommends
At least one full-time nurse per school, pediatric group recommends
Every school should have at least one full-time registered nurse, a new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement says. "School nursing is one of the most effective ways to keep children healthy and in school and to prevent chronic absenteeism," ...
14 surprising facts about educators' social media use
14 surprising facts about educators' social media use
Social media has fast become an educator's dream, with almost immediate responses to questions about teaching strategies, resources, and professional development opportunities. But how are educators really using social media, and is it really as widely...
Districts can expand the lifespan of computer equipment
Districts can expand the lifespan of computer equipment
Old computers may not be trendy, but as school tech budgets shrink or stagnate, many administrators try to squeeze the most life out of their aging devices. Recycling and retrofitting, and hooking up to the cloud, allow districts to delay or even aband...
Taking a systemic approach to access and equity in afterschool
Taking a systemic approach to access and equity in afterschool
Priscilla Little, a contributor for Youth Today, writes: "Quality after-school opportunities benefit children in many ways, but millions of disadvantaged youth don't have access to good programs. Research I did several years ago at Harvard, commissione...
Apps unlock 'a-ha moment'
Apps unlock 'a-ha moment'
Teachers at Southwest High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina, allowed students to bring their smartphones to class to watch short math videos. It was supposed to be a supplement to instruction; instead, the students used the technology to teach th...
Study: Adaptive literacy program could reduce summer slide
Study: Adaptive literacy program could reduce summer slide
An independent study from Johns Hopkins University shows that a program designed to reverse "summer slide" at scale showed real impact on student engagement and Lexile growth for students who read on the adaptive literacy platform LightSail for as litt...