Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Ken Wagner says students could understand math concepts better if educators were trained in more effective teaching methods. Wagner wants to implement a "professional learning circle" model of professional development that would let teachers share best practices.
A New Mexico school district has hired 33 teachers from the Philippines to fill vacancies and ease a teacher shortage. The district continues to look for candidates who can fill bilingual positions, among others.
A study from RAND Corp. showed that math teachers who used at least one book in line with the Common Core State Standards said they were able to engage their students on key concepts. However, according to survey data of 625 math teachers across the country, few teachers are using such books.
Educators can design project-based-learning lessons based on what concepts they want students to remember 10 years from now, writes educator and teacherpreneur Jennifer Pieratt. In this blog post, she describes how to use "enduring understanding" to ground PBL planning and decide when it is appropriate for the curriculum.
A Massachusetts high school had 100 students participating in its first Advanced Placement summer camp to prepare students -- many of whom are first-time AP students -- for the rigors of the classes. The weeklong program included lessons on time management, reading and writing skills, plus college planning, and concluded with a tour of Brandeis University.
Nearly 30 US states have considered legislation or other recommendations that address how civics education should be taught in schools. This article highlights advice from teachers and others who discuss topics such as when civics lessons should start and how to teach students to think critically about what they see in the media.
An inclusive culture -- along with accessible physical spaces -- are needed to buoy the number of students with special needs completing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields, suggests Ed Stein, director for the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access. Luticha Doucette, who works in science and uses a wheelchair, describes the cultural and physical barriers that delayed her education.
The question of whether boys are better at math than girls isn't an easy one to answer, writes Florida State University assistant professor Colleen Ganley. In this commentary, she writes that boys and girls excel in different areas, such as spatial and numerical skills, and recommends researchers focus more on math attitudes to understand the math gender gap.
More than 90% of school district leaders across the country say their top priority for education technology is to personalize learning for students, according to a survey from the Center for Digital Education. The survey also reveals that about three-quarters of districts offer blended-learning options and more educators are expressing concern about student data and privacy issues.
An Indiana school district has boosted the leadership skills of both faculty and students, writes the district's assistant superintendent, Lynn Simmers. In this commentary, Simmers outlines how they undertook the project by coaching teachers and emphasizing a growth mindset.