An Indiana elementary school is teaching English-language learners in class with their peers, instead of pulling ELL students out of class for separate English lessons. The school district recruited licensed teachers and helped current educators obtain certification to teach ELLs, so classes would be taught by dual-certified teachers or staffed with an ELL co-teacher.
Teachers can use classic literature to help facilitate discussions about racism and social justice in the present day, high-school teacher Adam Mackie writes. Mackie shares his approach, including one activity in which students identify themselves using "culture cards."
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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says she would support a move to lower the age to vote in elections from 18 years old to 16. She said lowering the minimum voting age would help to engage high-schoolers to vote when they are learning about government in school.
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Student achievement gaps have not changed in about 50 years, according to a study by researchers at Stanford and Harvard universities. Researchers say the gap remains despite gains in student achievement through eighth grade and increased investments in education.
Inequities in access to technology as well as other factors may affect outcomes for students in rural areas, according to two student surveys conducted by ACT. The ACT researchers make several recommendations to help bridge the equity gap, including using E-rate funding to increase students' access to technology at school and at home.
School leaders must trust and believe in their teams to develop effective delegation and teamwork, writes Naphtali Hoff, an education coach and consultant. In this blog post, Hoff provides suggestions, including establishing clear expectations and deciding what to delegate to others.