An economic relief plan announced Thursday by President-elect Joe Biden will steer $130 billion toward public K-12 schools. The funding is intended to help schools return to in-person learning, including by reducing class sizes, hiring more nurses and counselors, and providing protective gear.
Grammar Instruction Using Real Texts Patterns of Power Plus, Grades 1–5 by Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca shows us that teaching grammar doesn't have to be about correcting worksheets. Instead, it is about developing the craft of writing—using real texts to teach real writing.
The science behind engaging students via instructional videos is complicated, according to findings by researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Their findings show that when these visuals are used effectively, it can drive student engagement, but in some cases it could be distracting.
Games are an ideal tool for learning, according to Jennifer Ingold, an eighth-grade social studies teacher in New York. Ingold, who created a board game for her students, shares in this article how her game works and how the concept can be applied across the curriculum.
Dallas Independent School District is considering several potential school calendars, including one designed for students who need additional school days to make up for learning loss during the coronavirus pandemic. The intersession model offers five weeks of extra instruction for K-8 students who need additional help with their learning.
Jake Kohut, an elementary-school band teacher in a Virginia district outside Washington, D.C., has been deployed with the District of Columbia's National Guard to help protect the US Capitol and other sites ahead of Wednesday's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Kohut says he is honored to defend the US Constitution.
School districts in Florida report serving fewer meals this school year due to the coronavirus -- a trend that is affecting the bottom line and causing some to eat into their reserves, said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. At the same time, food costs are higher, and food service departments have adopted pricier pre-packaged and "shelf-stable" food that students can eat at home.
3,000 NBCTs share how teaching has changed during COVID-19
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards released survey data detailing the views of National Board Certified Teachers on teaching during the pandemic. More than 3,000 NBCTs across the country completed the survey. NBCTs are teachers who have demonstrated they meet the profession's standards for accomplished teaching practice by successfully completing the National Board's advanced, voluntary, professional certification. Read more.
NBCT: Sustaining excellent teaching during a global pandemic
Tonia Holmes-Sutton, NBCT, writes in this blog post about the new relationships that teachers, parents and students have worked through during the pandemic. Holmes-Sutton writes that the National Board's Five Core Propositions, the "tenets of excellent teaching," have remained the same. Read on.