Policymakers should consider allowing easier ways for teachers to cross state borders and maintain their credentials, write Dan Goldhaber, director of the Center for Education Data and Research at the University of Washington, and Cyrus Grout, a research consultant at CEDR. In this commentary, they suggest that making teaching credentials more portable could help curb teacher shortages in some areas.
There are 747 public charter schools in the US where the percentage of white students is higher than that of any public school in the district, according to an analysis by The Hechinger Report, the Investigative Fund and NBC News. At 115 charter schools, the percentage of white students was 20 percentage points higher than at local traditional schools.
One New York school district, to recruit novice teachers, held a job fair that featured a panel of teachers talking about the rewards of the career. Elizabeth Wood, assistant superintendent for instruction for the district, says they're facing shortages of applicants in areas such as math, special education and computer sciences.
Sixth-graders at a Massachusetts middle school recently helped celebrate their city's 350th birthday by researching and writing the history of key locations in the community. Student teams took field trips to sites, interviewed sources and presented their findings through writing and at a research fair.
Guided interventions that include using building blocks with young children can improve their math skills and executive functioning, according to a study. Purdue University researchers found that block play was helpful at building numeracy skills for children whose parents had low education levels.
High-school students with the Youth Advocacy Council in Delaware recently urged state and local lawmakers to adopt five policies to improve minority representation among classroom teachers. The students recommended requiring districts to set goals for increasing diversity and placing emphasis on recruiting students and teachers of color into a teacher-preparation program.
Research shows that students with special needs who learn self-advocacy skills have improved educational and life outcomes, writes Ace Parsi, personalized learning partnership manager at the National Center for Learning Disabilities. In this blog post, Parsi shares insights from a NCLD report that offers guidance for schools on teaching self-advocacy skills.
Individuals with autism drive as well as motorists without autism, although they appear to have more difficulty learning the skill, according to a study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The study examined the performance of 100 drivers, half of whom had autism, on a virtual-reality driving simulator.
People remember information better if they learn it in a virtual environment -- rather than on a desktop computer -- according to a study by researchers at the University of Maryland. Co-author Amitabh Varshney, dean of UMD's College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, noted, "This data is exciting in that it suggests that immersive environments could offer new pathways for improved outcomes in education and high-proficiency training."
Students are less likely to offer negative evaluations of their teachers if they perceive classroom practices to be fair, according to a study of undergraduate students by researchers at Washington State University. Researchers found students considered four things when evaluating fairness: obtaining student feedback, using grading rubrics, having a policy that allows students to make up for missed assignments and avoiding grading bias.