A class of Tennessee fifth-grade students are creating "Art Acts of Kindness" by writing inspirational quotes or drawing art on ceramic tiles. Teacher Lisa Redditt places the tiles in various locations around the community along with instructions for how those who find them can use social media to send messages to students and pass the tile to others.
An Oklahoma task force is focusing on initiatives to retain teachers and principals as school districts face a shortage of both. The state's board of education has, so far, received 2,153 requests for emergency certification for teachers, state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said.
School districts nationwide are facing increasing cyberattacks, but many are working to increase their digital security. In one North Carolina school district, officials have begun requiring vendors to sign user data agreements, and in Indianapolis, the district launched an anti-phishing campaign following a ransomware attack.
Generating a buzz with activities or events to introduce a new unit can ignite students' curiosity and passion for learning, middle-grades teacher and author Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes in this blog post. She shares ideas for topic introductions throughout the school year, such as showing a movie clip or having a guest speaker.
Minnesota high-school principal Dan Pickens says he believes in building "perseverance and grit" in students to prepare them for challenges after graduation. Pickens, a former math teacher, says he will be open and authentic with students and encourage them to take risks and advocate for themselves.
Teachers are motivated by four key considerations when they look to make changes to instruction, according to a report from the Christensen Institute. The study found that teacher's top motivation was the promise of making things more manageable.
One Illinois school district hires teachers year-round, sometimes hiring educators up to a year in advance, to stem a growing teacher shortage. The district also has begun a course in special education to encourage current students to pursue a teaching career.
A vote to approve changes to New Jersey's Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy, has been delayed by the state board of education as members seek more information. The changes, which could end exams in algebra, geometry and some language arts, will be up for another vote in October.
Florida officials are still awaiting final approval of their Every Student Succeeds Act accountability plan after three rejections from the US Education Department. At issue, Gov. Rick Scott says, is the state's desire to exempt students from math requirements in high school if they successfully complete them in middle school.
The majority of workers say the office perks they most want are a view of the outdoors and natural light, according to a survey by the HR advisory firm Future Workplace. Data show those perks were more popular than on-site child care, fitness centers or cafeterias.