A curriculum created by the Pulitzer Center to complement a series of essays published by the New York Times for the "1619 Project" offers teachers a new way to introduce the history of slavery to their students. The Center also is asking teachers to submit their lessons to be shared with other educators.
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Teachers are more likely to ask other teachers for advice on instruction but turn to administrators and support staff for nonacademic needs, such as challenges with behavior or attendance, according to Rand Corp.'s American Educator Panels. Some teachers report they are building their own resources from information found online and in print materials.
A meditation mobile app is being added to classrooms in an Oklahoma school. Educators at the school said the Calm app, available for free to teachers, will help them introduce nonreligious meditation to students to help them focus and transition into the classroom.
Culture-based education can help Native American students thrive in school while reducing disciplinary actions, writes Katrina Boone, a senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners. Such a curriculum also helps students learn about their culture and history, and preserves cultural vitality, Boone writes in this opinion article.
The Kansas State Department of Education's Civic Advocacy Network has recognized Lawrence West Middle School for its efforts to increase civic engagement among students. The school offers a leadership development program and student instructional class; in addition, students grow fresh produce and donate it to local communities.
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