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Moving teachers from isolation to elevation

Sarah Brown Wessling
August, 2016
Sarah Brown Wessling is an author and laureate emeritus for the nonprofit Teaching Channel.

Many teachers find themselves isolated in classrooms without the right training or support. Others receive only one or two afternoons of PD per year. The need for more effective professional development for teachers is especially important right now, with new academic standards being introduced across the country.

Strong financial skills a new must for U.S. students

Alison DeNisco
August, 2016
Never too young to learn money: A young student from P.S. 175 in Queens, New York gets a lesson on coin amounts at a Family Financial Literacy Night event sponsored by the Council for Economic Education.

More than 51 percent of young adults say a high school money management class would have benefited their lives, according to a study. While 45 states include personal finance in state standards, only 17 states require high school students to take a personal finance course.

Keyboarding in today’s classrooms

Ray Bendici
August, 2016

Many districts teach formal keyboarding instruction as early as second grade—a shift that requires new approaches to a skill that was once taught only in high school. Today's software feature gamification, captivating graphics and extensive reporting components.

Schools ride new wave in writing

Jennifer Fink
August, 2016
Teachers and software help students in Pittsburgh Public Schools revise their work based on constructive feedback while they write.

Schools nationwide are under pressure from new state standards to increase students’ writing proficiency. Here's a look at some of the strategies and tools innovative districts have deployed.

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