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.
Students of color at an elementary school in Washington, D.C., have access to a book club that seeks to connect them with books featuring characters who look like them and experience real challenges. School leaders say the club has become one of the most popular on campus.
School leaders should work to personalize learning for adults and students, asserts principal Nicholas Bruski. In this blog post, he describes how his school's Teaching & Learning Collaborative has helped shape a culture in which teachers play a leading role in "personalizing the teacher experience."
Some schools in the Upper Cumberland area in Tennessee are working to better prepare students for the workforce through special designations on their diplomas or enrollment in early-college programs. The work ethic diploma designation would reflect mastery of "soft skills," and successful completion of the requirement would guarantee job interviews with partner companies.