Educators must account for "learner variability" among students, according to a report published by the nonprofit Digital Promise, an organization that offers free, open-sourced materials through its Learner Positioning System. LPS helps educators tailor lessons to students' individual needs by suggesting adaptations, including new classroom arrangements and different ways for students to show what they have learned.
Ready Mathematics: Highest-Rated K–8 Program EdReports is an independent nonprofit that delivers evidence-based reviews of instructional materials. Ready Mathematics met all criteria during the review and is the highest-rated K–8 program across all three categories: Focus and Coherence, Rigor and Mathematical Practices, and Usability.
Teachers at the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Bronx, N.Y., work together to plan lessons. The school's "lesson study" system allows for teachers to collaborate and observe how their colleagues are implementing the lessons in their classrooms.
School leaders can help turn the hopes of their students and staff into actions, writes Matthew Joseph, director of digital learning, informational technology and innovation for Milford Public Schools in Massachusetts. In this commentary, he shares five tips to make the most of hope, including developing personal connections and celebrating successes.
Code.org is used by about 25% of US students, according to the nonprofit, which is seeking to expand computer science education to younger students. However, some are worried about the influence of screen time, particularly among the younger children.
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When researchers conducted a more recent marshmallow test study on self-control, they found that children from the 2000s were able to wait two minutes longer on average to delay gratification than children in the 1960s, according to a study published in the journal Developmental Psychology. Researchers say that higher IQ scores, increasing abstract thought and the growing emphasis on early education may have had an effect on the ability of children to wait longer.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who has cast key votes in many high-profile cases, including those affecting areas of public education, said in a letter to President Donald Trump that he is retiring from the court effective July 31. His departure gives Trump a second opportunity to steer the course of the court by nominating a justice who will strengthen the court's conservative bloc.
The US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The US Supreme Court has issued a 5-4 decision stating that public-sector unions cannot contractually require nonunion employees to pay fees, a decision that could profoundly affect collective bargaining for teachers' unions. The majority held that mandating payments violates the First Amendment. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said unions "will continue fighting, caring, showing up, and voting, to make possible what is impossible for individuals acting alone."
Educators will have access to professional development focused on teaching with technology through a new hub from the International Society for Technology in Education, called ISTE U. The suite of online courses will be available beginning this summer.
New teachers get a built-in support system when teacher education programs and hiring administrators collaborate to place new teachers from the same prep programs together in a school or on a grade-level team. A teacher educator describes the steps to facilitating group hires and explains why the extra effort is worthwhile.