Educators at a high school in Virginia have adopted a comprehensive approach to helping students with cognitive delays prepare for jobs and to live independently. In this commentary, Amy Schuiteboer, one of the district's school improvement specialists, shares seven ways to make the approach successful, including using a holistic strategy, engaging the community and using data.
Higher-education leaders must adopt "demand-driven education" to equip students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly technological workforce, say the authors of a report from Pearson and JFF. Joe Deegan, a co-author of the report and senior program manager at JFF, says institutions need to "meet learners where they are," including adult students who may be changing careers.
It can be difficult to navigate classroom civics lessons during a time of political division, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Heather Van Benthuysen. In this blog post, she shares resources and ideas for teaching civics and suggests seeking examples of civics lessons within the community.
A stranger recently told Los Angeles Times reporter Esmeralda Bermudez to "speak English" to her 4-year-old daughter. Bermudez writes in this commentary about the choices her family has made to benefit her daughter -- she communicates with the child in Spanish, Bermudez's first language, while her husband speaks in Armenian as they raise their multilingual daughter, who also speaks English and is learning French.
High-school students across Vermont are gaining real-life experiences and learning about local careers as part of a work-based learning initiative that aims to keep students in the state after graduation. At one area high school, students learned lessons in math and science by visiting a goat farm.
Most school districts don't have a policy about what personal information teachers should share with their students, says Julie Underwood, a professor of education law, policy and practice at the University of Wisconsin, but she suggests teachers share age-appropriate information with a pedagogical purpose. This issue has come under scrutiny since a Texas teacher was fired after parents complained it was inappropriate for her to share a photo of her same-sex partner.
Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a video-sharing platform used as a social and emotional learning system by more than 20 million educators, students and their families worldwide. Microsoft has announced the program will continue to work across all platforms and now will be free to schools.
Computational thinking skills, such as abstraction and pattern recognition, can be used in project-based lessons to boost student learning across the curriculum, writes computational thinking program manager Eli Sheldon. In this blog post, he gives examples of how such thinking can be applied to English and social studies classes.
Goodwin College in Connecticut is seeking to get middle-school students interested in careers in manufacturing using an advanced manufacturing mobile lab. The classroom on wheels, filled with high-tech equipment, makes stops at schools and at manufacturing companies.
Maryland is preparing to roll out a statewide youth apprenticeship program after a successful pilot in two school districts. The Apprenticeship Maryland Program will allow high-school students to earn workplace credentials while in school.
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