Saying that girls are as good at math as boys may be well-meaning, but researchers at Stanford University say such statements may simply perpetuate gender stereotypes. Researchers found that 71% of respondents said boys had a natural math ability when told girls were as good as boys, but only 32% said they felt that girls had natural math ability when told that boys were just as good as girls.
School leaders should ensure that all students have an opportunity to engage in science, technology, engineering and math, asserts Marcia Reed, a recently retired elementary-school principal. In this blog post, Reed shares five ways to engage students in STEM, including showing them how lessons apply to life outside of school.
"You'll find this book incredibly helpful." —Mike Flynn. Why Write in Math Class? K-5 by Linda Dacey helps you build on the success of math talk to get a window into students' thinking and help them construct, explore, represent, refine, connect, and reflect on mathematical ideas. Preview the entire book!
Students are learning to view themselves as school leaders through the Bonstingl Leaders for the Future program, designed by a former teacher. Timothy Van Tasel, superintendent of a Connecticut school district using the program, says it helped empower his students to develop a peer-mediation program.
More educators are regularly using video in their lessons, according to an online survey by video-services company Kaltura. Results also show that about 21% of the surveyed educators said more than half the number of their students also are creating videos.
The Department of Education would receive about $71 billion in fiscal 2019 -- a $100 million increase from fiscal 2018 -- under a federal spending bill approved Wednesday by the US House appropriations committee. Several programs, including Title IV, would get increased funding under the proposal, which also restores the funds for school safety that were eliminated in an earlier version.
Support is building for California to adopt a growth-focused model of determining student growth on state exams, a model used in 40 states. Critics say the state's current approach, which centers on schoolwide averages, may not accurately reflect what students have learned in classes.
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