A Michigan school district plans to offer a more diverse book selection in its second- and third-grade classroom libraries by April. The Kalamazoo Public Schools launched an initiative to better engage more students of color in reading by having books with characters that look like them, said Angela Justice, coordinator for English-language arts, social studies and library services.
Fifth-graders at an Ohio school are improving their literacy skills by writing in daily journals about gratitude as part of the New York-based nonprofit Grateful Peoples Project. The school started the initiative with an assembly that included a FaceTime call with musical actor Lexi Garcia, who spoke to students about how to show more gratitude in their lives.
Students can be intimidated if asked to respond to or analyze visual texts, such as a painting or photograph, writes teacher Marilyn Pryle. In this article, she shares that she encourages students to find the focus, consider colors and point out the perspective.
Free group activities to use in the new year! With new students, icebreakers might be tough but with lessons like this from Julie Wright and Barry Hoonan's What Are You Grouping For? teachers can learn five moves that work together to support students' reading independence through small group learning.
The Colorado Department of Education has unveiled an alternative history curriculum on indigenous peoples for fourth-grade students. The lessons -- written and approved by the Southern Ute and the Ute Mountain Ute tribes -- cover areas such as tribal governance, language and arts.
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Black students who were taught by at least two black teachers by third grade were 32% more likely to go to college than peers who did not encounter black teachers, according to a Johns Hopkins University study. A second study by many of the same researchers also showed black teachers often have higher expectations of black students, especially in subjects such as math and reading, than their white counterparts.
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A county education office in Arizona has developed a training program called EDvance that tailors professional development for special-education teachers and support professionals to the needs of each individual school district. The office recently trained a group of speech-language pathologists for a school district.