The SmartBrief Education team each year celebrates educator voice with the annual Educator's Choice Content Award. Meet this year's winners, Kerry Gallagher and Brian Sztabnik. Read more.
An Illinois school district is opening to the public its middle-schoolers' Socratic seminars to provide an understanding of the "student voice" on such topics as violence in schools, Assistant Superintendent Ron Raglin said. The first one featured three classes discussing Martin Luther King Jr.'s nonviolent philosophy of the "Beloved Community."
New York elementary-school principal Suzanne Gray says she wants to get to know her students so they will look forward to coming to her office. Gray, who has been named the state's principal of the year, has enacted initiatives such as "Mindful Mondays" to teach students to care about their own well-being.
Larger school districts need a high-density network design instead of a coverage-based network to provide service to all students working online during the day, says Jim Vajda, a former educational IT director. He offers four tips for IT leaders to maximize seamless access to a school's network.
Students at some Missouri schools can learn about the teaching profession through a partnership between schools and the Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies. The program will allow students to shadow teachers in their school districts to learn more about the profession.
A marathon runner has a support team of coaches to help achieve goals, a model that offers insight into what can be done to help students succeed, suggests Ben Johnson, an administrator, author and educator. In this blog post, he shares three lessons for the classroom from a team working to complete a marathon in less than two hours.
Despite the growth in data technology, only 12% of college and university presidents in 2017 said evidence and institutional research are among their top five priorities, according to the American Council on Education's Center for Policy Research and Strategy. The report's authors say data and analytics have helped some institutions improve student outcomes and business models.
Sixth-graders from three middle schools in an Ohio district presented short films they created through their schools' community partnerships that enabled them to work with a professional filmmaker. Students wrote scripts, gathered images and used video-editing tools to make the final product.
More college and university departments are using video technology such as Skype to conduct first-round interviews of doctoral graduates for faculty jobs. Some associations, such as the Modern Language Association, are encouraging more video interviews, recognizing that travel expenses could be a disadvantage for some qualified candidates.
Integrating social media into classroom lessons can help to support authentic learning, says fourth-grade teacher Chrissy Romano-Arrabito. In a recent interview, she shared her advice for teachers interested in experimenting with social media and authentic learning.
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