Students at a Wisconsin school have access to physical activity throughout the day, and the trend may be catching on in other states. Northeastern University kinesiology professor Charles Hillman, who is taking part in the US Department of Health and Human Services revised recommendations for physical fitness, says research shows there's a strong connection between fitness and brain function.
National Board Certified Teacher Sydney Chaffee says she loves teaching because of the opportunity to witness "small acts of brilliant humanity" by her students. Chaffee, the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, writes in this blog post about an experience in which her students demonstrated "compassionate collaboration."
An elementary school is offering an after-school writing club to students as part of a Washington, D.C., "Excellence in Equity" program. Through a partnership with the Anthology Project, the club engages students in learning literacy and social and emotional learning through creative writing about their lives and experiences that will be collected in anthologies.
It's not always clear what being a teacher leader means, asserts high-school teacher Andrea Marshbank. In this blog post, she highlights supportive roles -- such as showing interest in other classrooms and helping out when needed -- that teacher leaders can play in the school setting.
Timing and access to data about student performance on high-stakes tests vary by state, according to 45 state deputy superintendents of education in a survey issued by the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University. Data show most of those surveyed provide test data during the summer after students take such tests.
Project-based-learning assignments should include six basic qualities -- intellectual challenge and accomplishment, authenticity, public product, collaboration, project management and reflection -- according to a framework released by the Buck Institute for Education. Executive Director Bob Lenz says "intellectual challenge" often is a missing element in PBL projects.
Students in seven elementary and middle schools in a Rhode Island district will have access to the "No Bullying" program. Under the program, teachers will receive training on how to recognize and intervene in student bullying.
A high school in Illinois is working to prepare students for jobs at Amazon, if Chicago is chosen as the location for the company's second headquarters. The school has doubled the size of its manufacturing and engineering lab, in part, because of Amazon's use of robots.
Sixth-graders at a Pennsylvania school are learning about civics by acting out roles of congressional leaders, as well as writing and voting on bills. Teacher Eleanor Pigford said her students weren't understanding how a bill becomes law through a more traditional lesson, so she organized the exercises to allow them to experience the process.
Members of the Council of Chief State School Officers at a recent Aspen Institute gathering outlined how they're using their Every Student Succeeds Act plans to provide equitable educational opportunities to disadvantaged students. A new report from the group highlights how states are working to close achievement gaps and boost test scores.
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