Thirty individuals -- including teachers, STEM advocates and technology specialists -- are recognized in this roundup for their work in helping educators embrace technology to support learning. Among them are Adam Juarez, technology integration coach for a California school district, who helps teachers incorporate technology in lessons; and Sophia Mendoza, director of the Instructional Technology Initiative for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
During remote instruction in the spring, a Colorado school district used technology to support students' social and emotional well-being, writes Carlos Lopez, director of technology. In this commentary, Lopez shares four strategies, including following up on alerts from the district's student safety platform and learning to recognize a potential "cry for help."
Teachers in a Colorado district are working together to provide students with Discovery Duffels -- bags filled with enrichment supplies for K-5 students that include STEM activities such as assembling a solar oven. Teachers across subjects will be refilling the bags throughout the year with supplies to engage students in hands-on activities.
Mustang High School in Oklahoma will purchase a flight simulator using a $5,000 grant received from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Aviation Education Program. Approximately 60 students are expected to utilize the new equipment, which will be used in conjunction with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association high school STEM curriculum.
Math can be a daunting subject to teach for elementary-school teachers who took few courses on the subject in college. Become a confident instructor by showing students several approaches to problem-solving and don't be afraid to keep learning yourself with professional development or other methods, writes Elaine Keeley, a curriculum, instruction, and staff development director in California.
Sixth-grade intensive math teacher Audra Young isn't afraid to dance or create rap songs to coax her students in Bradenton, Fla., to enjoy the subject. She brings real-life examples to most lessons, such as showing how fractions are needed to buy, paint or carpet a house.
To mark Hispanic Heritage Month, Delta Air Lines is highlighting staff member Julieta McCurry, whose family immigrated from Argentina when she was a teenager. McCurry, now managing director for IFS learning and leader development at Delta, credits her heritage for her "resilience and work ethic" as well as her love of soccer and Argentine barbecue.
Engineering combines math and working with people, according to Mireya Spears, an engineer who explains how she became interested in engineering. In this interview, Spears suggests that schools promote math and science to young girls while companies should offer more career opportunities to women.
Leaders who are inclusive seek feedback and are transparent in providing important information, while those who are less inclusive blame others and use "us versus them" terminology, writes Kim Brimhall, an assistant professor of social work who has studied inclusion. Inclusive leaders "treat each employee as a unique individual, recognize each person's strengths and value diverse perspectives," she writes.
Four adjustments to hiring practices can help businesses increase diversity and equity, says Trudi Lebron, a leadership coach specializing in social impact. Lebron explains how to standardize and publish salaries, write job posts and create a workplace and culture conducive to inclusion.
The sun entered a new solar cycle last December that is likely to be about as weak as the cycle preceding it, but a total solar eclipse will occur in April 2024 and the next solar maximum is expected in July 2025, according to the Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel. "We hope that an eclipse close to solar maximum will not only show us an awe-inspiring corona, but also some big, interesting sunspots on the face of the Sun to help us learn about living inside the atmosphere of an active star and the space weather it creates," said Valentin Martinez Pillet, director of the National Solar Observatory.
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