Teachers can keep a sense of joy in their work by taking a break outside during the day and by doing small acts of kindness for colleagues, writes author and educational coach Shane Safir. In this commentary, she outlines several other "joy hacks," including writing thank-you cards to those who have been helpful and keeping a joy journal.
A recent study has shown that when principals were coached on their leadership skills by supervisors, they became more effective at retaining teachers, the school climate improved and students achieved more. Researchers say districts should shift from a top-down approach to more of a bottom-up way of working with schools to better support principals.
Some of the top math and literacy apps designed for preschool students are not effective, according to a study by researchers from the University of California, Irvine. Researchers looked at 171 mobile applications and found that many lacked adequate instructions and guidance for young children and did not provide constructive feedback to boost learning.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner last week signed a measure that allows high-school students to take an unlimited number of dual-credit courses. Rauner said the program can help students reduce their college costs by earning more credits in advance.
Some Louisiana teachers took part in four-day externships available at 12 businesses through a Baton Rouge Area Chamber program that paid teachers a $1,000 stipend. The goal was to help educators craft lessons to help students learn about potential careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Research indicates that a summer and after-school program in Iowa is helping close the reading achievement gap among elementary- and middle-school students. Researchers from the University of Iowa studied the Kids On Course program and found improvements by students, with the inaugural group of second-graders now entering high school.
The US Civil Rights Trail, which has 100-plus historic sites across 14 states, includes the Robert Russa Moton Museum. The museum, housed in a former high school in Farmville, Va., tells visitors about an April 1951 student walkout that launched a two-week strike, which drew attention to unequal school conditions and is linked to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case.
Students taking part in City University of New York's intensive remedial program performed better in their first semester in college, especially in math, according to a new report. The data also showed that participants enrolled in more credit-bearing courses during their second semester than students who didn't take the program.
An Alabama district recently announced its American Character Program, which will teach more than 650 middle-school students about civic responsibility, financial literacy and more. The program is a part of the district's partnership with the Liberty Learning Foundation and will also teach students about notable figures in American history.