Articles: Teaching & Learning

10/13/2014
Students from District of Columbia Public Schools learn photography skills to draw attention to changes needed in their community.

Critical Exposure is a nonprofit after-school program that trains District of Columbia Public Schools students to use photography and advocacy to make real changes in their schools and community.

10/13/2014
Social studies teachers are using controversial news events to drive part of the curriculum in today’s classrooms. Above, an educator at last year’s annual conference discusses the importance of primary sources, such as artifacts, diaries and newspapers, to bring history alive in elementary schools.

The Ferguson, Missouri police shooting. Illegal immigrant children seeking refuge across the U.S. border. Hobby Lobby’s exclusion of certain areas of healthcare coverage.

10/13/2014
An image from  Rourke Educational Media's "Symbols of Freedom."

Administrators striving to align instruction with the Common Core have an ever increasing range of curriculum programs from which to choose.

10/10/2014
Foreign language teachers are cultivating global competence in today's classrooms. Above, educators interact at last year’s conference of the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Foreign language has become a necessity for “global competence”—the ability to use a language beyond the classroom, in the workforce and in social settings.

10/10/2014

Students following a project-based, inquiry curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) outperformed their peers who received traditional instruction, accord

10/9/2014
Louisiana students will be learning more about the Battle of New Orleans, the final major battle in the War of 1812, this school year.

Students in Louisiana will commemorate the upcoming 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans with a new curriculum created by the education team at the state’s Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

10/8/2014
In The Power of Teacher Leaders, top educational researchers describe the many ways teachers are leading.

The Power of Teacher Leaders: Their Roles, Influence, and Impact

Routledge Education

10/5/2014
A Grand Rapids Public Schools interventionist sits with students on an academic assignment while also discussing cooperation and working together—illustrating the teaching component to the restorative justice discipline method.

There are certain “points” that Kings Junior High School students don’t want to get.

10/5/2014
At Raymond LaPerche Elementary School in Smithfield, R.I., Amy O’Hara, school data leadershp team member, far left, works with first-grade teachers Lena Martel and Laura Zucker to analyze reading test results and to determine specific skills to target.

A new bounty of academic data is guiding teachers as they adjust instruction in the hopes of boosting student achievement.

9/24/2014
City of Fairfax Schools Superintendent Peter Noonan says PLCs take leadership from both teachers and administrators.

Peter Noonan, superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools in Virginia, first implemented the professional learning communities (PLC) concept a few years ago.

9/18/2014
Donna Schulze, above, is a paraeducator at Phelps Luck School in the Howard County Public Schools in Maryland.

Paraeducators are no longer on the periphery of the classroom. Now a significant part of the learning process, they are facilitating one-on-one and small-group instruction among special needs students.

9/18/2014
During the ceremony, students held banners that read “Thank you” in English, Spanish and French.

San Diego USD’s Language Academy dedicated its newly revitalized campus in July, complete with new environmentally-friendly classrooms and schoolwide air conditioning.

9/17/2014
High school students work to defend their computer network at this spring’s CyberPatriot cybersecurity competition in Washington, D.C.

CyberPatriot might sound like a summer blockbuster about a Rambo-style robot who battles heavily-armed evildoers attacking the homeland.

9/16/2014
Anton Inglese, CIO at Batavia Public School District in Illinois, helps a student practice a math lesson on his tablet. He says he gained more insight into classroom practices while studying for the CETL test, and now considers the big picture when upgrading technology.

Given the need for qualified school technologists, there are a few training programs that specifically address the unique combination of technical and pedagogical skills needed for leaders and their staff.

9/15/2014

U.S. graduation rates reached a historic high of over 80 percent in 2012—an increase of about 8 percent over the past decade, says America’s Promise Alliance.

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