Students in Virginia public schools this fall will learn more about Black history with the implementation of changes brought by the recommendations of the commonwealth's African American History Education Commission. While the effort will incorporate Black history across the curriculum, electives -- like one offered in the spring at Granby High School in Norfolk -- provide students with deeper dives into the contributions of Black Americans.
There are three main factors that make instructional materials high quality, according to a report from the Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia University that includes data from nine school districts and charter organizations. The factors include materials that are tech-enabled, culturally responsive and sustaining, and created to help families support student learning.
Improving Teacher Wellness and Self-Care As teachers prepare to head back to the classroom, many are looking for ways to manage and protect their mental and emotional health, especially after what has been an incredibly taxing past year. Join SmartBrief on August 26th as mental health experts offer practical tips and ideas to help teachers and school leaders. Register Now
ACT has announced plans to automatically permit certain testing accommodations that are already included in the individualized education programs or 504 plans of students with disabilities. ACT also says students who have disabilities but are without school plans can seek exam accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Some schools across the US are considering available options for the upcoming school year as the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in some communities. In this article, district, school and health officials comment on the issues, including Dixie Rae Garrison, a middle-school principal in Utah who says the situation is similar "to where I was last fall, really nervous, the worst."
Technology integrations can support teachers as they prepare for the new year, according to Andrea Lance, a district consultant with Richland County School District One in Columbia, S.C. In this blog post, Lance shares several integrations she has planned, including video, formative assessments and more student-created activities and presentations.
The first Hmong American to compete in an Olympic Games -- 18-year-old gymnast Sunisa "Suni" Lee -- will come home with a gold medal, thrilling the Hmong American community in her hometown of St. Paul, Minn., and prompting the mayor to honor her with Sunisa Lee Day. Members of the Hmong community crowded around televisions in the morning hours of Thursday to watch the women's individual all-around competition and celebrate Lee capturing the gold in Tokyo.
An effort in a Chicago neighborhood to turn neglected buildings and spaces into community spaces has Theaster Gates, activist, artist, urban planner and developer. The current project, Kenwood Gardens, will be a sustainable sanctuary for gardeners, artists, community classes and events, Gates says.
Enhance the school year by applying for a Rho Kappa charter. Rho Kappa is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. Any accredited public or private high school can apply for a local chapter, through which individuals will be inducted into Rho Kappa Honor Society. Rho Kappa provides national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the social studies. Learn more or apply for a charter.