A Tennessee district featured a comprehensive professional development program with its rollout of the Gaggle student safety management platform, according to Dallas Hicks, technology director in the district. In this commentary, Hicks writes about the approach, which included time for teachers to learn for themselves how to use the platform.
Students benefit from assessments designed by their own teachers, according to Brandon Lewis, an analyst at the nonprofit Bellwether Education Partners. In this commentary, Lewis writes about his experience as a teacher and the need for assessment-literate teachers who have access to data coaches and professional development to create assessments and analyze the results.
Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit is displayed at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (Alastair Pike/AFP/Getty Images)
A group of Alabama students became "history detectives" in a local library as they examined the contents of a trunk that belonged to a soldier who was killed in World War II and studied the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong's walk on the Moon. The students, ages 9 to 12, also learned about the role a local company played in mission of the astronauts.
The Michigan Education Research Institute will use a five-year, $4.9 million grant to study the effects of a state law that requires retention in third grade for students who are more than a grade level behind their peers who pass state assessments. Part of the study will focus on the effect on students who are retained or who move on to fourth grade but are identified as needing additional support to read.
John White, Louisiana's superintendent of education, and three other educators testified last week before a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment about efforts to curb high rates of teacher turnover. White pointed to the state's efforts to prepare teachers through mentoring, including a yearlong residency program and pilot programs focused on alternative certification.
Advocates for students in special education said last week that they believed the US Department of Education was considering changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, specifically, to the portion that calls for students to be placed in the "least restrictive environment" that meets their needs. Department spokeswoman Liz Hill said no immediate changes are in the works and "we are not planning to do anything on least restrictive environment."
Can executive function skills be a school-wide focus?
Beckett Haight, NBCT, says that students struggle for a variety of reasons, but working on developing their executive functioning skills could help them excel. Haight writes that schools can and should make this a priority, and there are a number of solutions in order to help them do so. Read on.
Toolkit helps system leaders embed Board certification
National Board Certified Teachers have advocated for ways to bring accomplished teaching -- and by extension, improved student learning -- to scale using National Board Certification as a foundation for job-embedded, relevant and engaging professional learning. Now a toolkit helps make that work easier. Read on.