English-language learners benefit from public prekindergarten programs, especially if given access to bilingual instruction, some research shows. However, such access may be limited, according to a report from the National Institute for Early Education Research.
Teachers should strike the right balance and tone when talking in class, according to Neil Mercer, emeritus professor of education at the University of Cambridge in England. In this podcast, he discusses the research behind talk in the classroom and offers strategies to improve the spoken language skills of teachers and students.
It may be time for schools to replace traditional science fairs with a science, technology, engineering and math fair, writes Liza Rickey, a science and STEM curriculum specialist at Issaquah School District in Washington. In this blog post, Rickey shares how her district made the transition to STEM fairs.
Language arts teachers Macarena Dunn and Maddie Armstrong have organized a poetry cafe at their Ohio intermediate school to provide an authentic audience and teach presentation and life skills. Students take turns serving customers and performing poetry they wrote during class.
Learning about failure could help boost student performance, asserts Columbia University researcher Xiaodong Lin-Siegler. The university has launched the Education for Persistence and Innovation Center to learn more about the role failure plays in learning.
Four US senators have introduced legislation that would establish a residency program for people interested in becoming career and technical education teachers. Teachers who sign onto the program would agree to work with a mentor teacher for two years.
A Pennsylvania middle school has adopted an algebra-readiness model and a critical-writing curriculum based on journal writing to prepare students for high school. The algebra-readiness model uses a blended curriculum to teach algebraic concepts alongside eighth-grade math, and the writing program has students sharing personal stories to develop their voices and become better writers.
Educators, school leaders and members of the school community play important roles in encouraging social and emotional learning, writes Tamara Fyke, an entrepreneur and educator. In this blog post, she shares several suggestions to help create and sustain SEL in schools.
Following the 2016 election, as many as 71% of young people ages 14 to 24 surveyed by researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor reported feeling stressed. The survey included data from more than 1,000 teenagers.
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