Some school leaders are recruiting educators from abroad to address teacher shortages and add international perspectives. Mukul Bakhshi, director of the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices, says the practice can come with some potential drawbacks.
Teachers can end the school year strong with year mapping, in which students recall learning experiences that stand out to them, suggest authors Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers. In this blog post, they share tips to help students reflect on and celebrate what they have learned and prepare for the next school year.
Teachers can support Muslim students during Ramadan by learning about the holy month, suggests Rusul Alrubail, executive director of The Writing Project. In this blog post, she suggests accommodations for fasting students such as providing an alternate space where students can go during lunch and assigning nonstrenuous tasks for physical-education classes.
Teachers and students at an Idaho high school say that a focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math has improved writing skills and standardized test scores. Writing is incorporated heavily throughout the inquiry-based STEAM curriculum, with students showcasing and evaluating their work through writing prompts.
Three teachers in this commentary share classroom practices that have won them recognition and honors as well as tips about awards. Among them, Alison Alowonle, a teacher of gifted fourth- and fifth-graders in Minnesota, suggests connecting with students' families through emails that focus on the positive.
Nikolai Vitti, who this week became superintendent of Detroit Public Schools, says among his top priorities is the district's teacher shortage of 260 vacancies. He spent his first day meeting with the teachers union, visiting schools and attending a recruitment fair.
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