Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., did not reach an agreement over the weekend to reopen the federal government. Some experts say a short-term government shutdown likely will not affect education on a broad scale, but a longer shutdown could have implications for Head Start, Impact Aid and some higher-education programs.
Some educators in a Pennsylvania school district are taking lessons and integrating Minecraft: Education Edition into them. The lessons have included using multiplication to build houses and recreating scenes from literature.
New changes by the US Education Department to the gainful employment rule for career-training programs allow schools to withhold some information, including data on median earnings and whether a program is under federal review. Under the rule, failing programs could lose access to federal student aid programs.
Michigan educators are ramping up early-literacy efforts ahead of a state reading law that allows retaining third-graders who are unable to read at grade level. Efforts include getting parents more involved and providing books to students during the summer months.
Cultural mandalas can help link students to peers in other countries, writes Sandra Makielski, a Rhode Island social studies teacher. In this blog post, Makielski explains how a collaborative project helped her seventh-graders learn about students in the Philippines through the artwork that highlights eight attributes of a culture.
Library media specialists in more than a dozen Connecticut districts are reinventing school libraries for the 21st century. Efforts in some libraries include movable furniture, computers and programming opportunities as well as space for tinkering and making with Kinex and Lego bricks.
Leaders who admit their mistakes and take responsibility show self-awareness and strength, notes John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "Leaders accomplish very little by themselves -- they survive or fail on the actions of those they lead," he says.
Two teachers-turned-astronauts plan to carry out four lessons that teacher Christa McAuliffe planned to lead in space before she was killed in the 1986 explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The lessons will be conducted by Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold, filmed and posted online by the Challenger Center, which supports science, technology, engineering and math education.
Teachers can take a play from coaches' playbooks and provide "vital, quality feedback" to students, writes Frank Ward, middle-school language arts teacher. In this blog post, he offers five suggestions to help ensure feedback is effective.
Self-doubt is a common problem among high-school and college students, asserts Patrick Carroll, an assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University. Carroll and others share strategies to help boost students' sense of well-being and address self-doubt.
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