Students who are allowed to pursue personal projects will show increased motivation, enthusiasm and engagement, writes seventh-grade English teacher Brooke Markle. In this article, Markle writes about introducing inquiry-based learning into her classroom as an adapted Genius Hour, in which students used six Friday class periods to research, develop and present projects of their own choice on topics including sports, clean water, web design and sign language.
Students in Canon City, Colo., this summer can earn discounts on haircuts when they read a book aloud to a barber at Phil's Barber Shop. The Read to a Barber program received donations from a library and elementary school to curb "summer slide" through active literacy.
At least 10 states have started microcredential pilot programs for teachers, according to a report sponsored by the nonprofit Digital Promise. Barnett Berry, CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality and co-author of the report, says the pieces are in place for microcredentials to become a potential game changer in education.
The US Department of Education found that only 21 states met the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in the 2017-18 school year. The law covers students ages 3 to 21, and just over half of states met its requirements the same year for children ages 2 and younger.
Archie Moss, an elementary-school principal in Tennessee, reads weekly bedtime stories to students over Facebook Live. In this interview, Moss says the idea for the "Bedtime Stories with Principal Moss" program came from the school's librarian, Monique Howard, who shared it as part of an effort to find innovative ways to reach students and build a culture of reading at the school.
Regular coaching sessions can help school leaders improve their ability to support educators in their schools, according to a study from Australia. In this blog post, instructional leadership coach Peter DeWitt writes about the study, the benefits of a team coaching strategy and the OPEN (Opportunity, Purpose, Expectation and Next steps) perspective.