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.
Integrating the experiences of African-Americans in history lessons throughout the year is a better approach than teaching a few isolated lessons in February, educator Jamilah Pitts writes in this commentary. Pitts also suggests incorporating lessons on slavery and social justice into these lessons.
High-school principal Ryan Maxwell says the best leaders are those who change policies that aren't working and give full support to staff and faculty. Maxwell, who was named Washington state's best high-school principal in 2016, says he believes all problems have solutions, but he tries to avoid quick fixes in favor of systemic change.
A Texas school district is starting to use the literacy software Achieve 3000 to use blended learning to help improve student achievement. The software offers articles written on a student's reading level to keep up with class discussions and has assessment tools to gauge students' progress.
More than half of 25 California school districts surveyed by the Learning Policy Institute report no change in their teacher shortages since last year, while a third say the situation has worsened. The state has implemented measures such as fast-tracking teacher education, but shortages still exist in math, special education and science, data show.
Indianapolis voters in May will be asked to decide on a referendum that would allocate just over $525.7 million over eight years for operations at the school district. The Indianapolis Public Schools' board of commissioners -- which originally had asked for more than $900 million -- says $48.7 million will be used for teacher compensation.
Half of women who work in science, technology, engineering and math say they have experienced discrimination, including being paid less than men and being treated as if they are inept, according to a Pew Research Center study. Women who face the most discrimination include those with postgraduate degrees and those working in male-majority settings, the study finds.
Teachers at an Oregon school are offering weekly exploratory classes based on their interests to engage students in topics ranging from sewing to fishing. Principal Tom Rambo is teaching a hands-on bicycle maintenance class to third- through fifth-graders where students work on bikes in the Maker Lab.
Over 88% of companies were targeted by email phishing scams in 2017, up from 75% in 2016, per a Proofpoint report. Spoofed identities were on the rise in 2017, and social media-themed attacks also were significant, the report shows.
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