Nebraska’s more flexible approach to helping struggling K12 schools improve gives them a chance to make improvements. The state might still require them to replace principals and teachers, but there’s optimism that the schools can improve by working with staff who students already know and that less drastic measures can be avoided.
The state’s new superintendent of education couldn’t have been hired under a lawmaker’s proposed requirements for the job. A new proposal for the 2017 legislative session that would require the state’s top educator to have recent classroom or school administration experience.
Classrooms often focus most attention on literacy and math, largely because those skills are considered foundational and are tested. However most people will also need to communicate their thoughts and ideas to other people. And yet effective communication strategies are often not taught with the same precision and structure as other parts of the curriculum.
Californians will decide whether the state’s “English-only” system should stay or go. Advocates for this year’s ballot measure say the old rules are outdated, and are pushing the state to try out some of the many new approaches to bilingual education that have been developed over the past two decades.
Last year, the student body of Madison West High School garnered national attention for banishing the longstanding tradition of selecting a homecoming king and queen in favor of a gender-neutral homecoming court. Since then, Madison West implemented gender-neutral courts for their midwinter dance and prom, too.
Tim Shumway teaches high school classes from the second floor of his Anchorage home, where he has three computer screens set up on his desk so he can talk to his students, who sit in three separate classrooms, all more than 100 miles away.
Because Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act last December, states are revamping their federally required systems to measure school quality and hold schools accountable for performance. But most are doing so using outdated assumptions.
Across the country, dozens of schools have had to cope with threats posted on social media accounts promising violence—with pictures of terrifying clowns attached. In some jurisdictions, the threats are being investigated. In others, a child or teenager has been arrested.
Though black males represent less than 5 percent of students enrolled in the Duluth district, that group made up 20 percent of out-of-school suspensions between 2008 and 2014.
After using the STEMscopes California digital STEM curriculum at the middle school level last school year, Greenfield USD will now expand its implementation to all schools in grades K8. As part of a Teacher Quality Partnership grant, Greenfield is also partnering with CSU Monterey Bay for professional development.
The dream of educational equality is far from realized, and sadly the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, by considering a moratorium against charter schools, is now playing the role of obstructionist.
Hinsdale High School District 86 believes students need a break to accomplish other tasks important to their academic futures. It offers seniors a homework-free weekend once a year. At York High School in Elmhurst, students can get help with math homework at Math Labs throughout the day.
Yet rural schools face a host of unique obstacles, including the difficulty of attracting and retaining teachers in remote locations; student bodies that are often too small to justify amenities like Advanced Placement classes; and inconsistent internet access.
PBS KIDS's website, Design Squad Global, is set to launch its global Clubs initiative, where students ages 10-13 in after-school programs around the world engage in a multi-week program designed to increase their understanding of engineering and expand cross-cultural engagement.
Parents, teachers and students came together for “walk-ins” at schools across the country, rallying for more funding for public education and against harsh discipline policies, overtesting and the expansion of charter schools.