Elementary-school students need ample time for recess and scheduled "brain breaks," asserts Lori Koerner, a principal at Tremont Elementary School in New York state. In this commentary, she shares that students in her own school balance academics with 50 minutes of recess daily, formal yoga instruction and more breaks to help students refocus -- all while increasing instructional time.
Matthew Utterback, the 2017 National School Superintendent of the Year, credits a professional development program for helping to bridge the racial achievement gap in his Oregon school district. Utterback says he made the Coaching for Education Equity training program mandatory for all district leaders six years ago, which focuses on equity and dialogue.
Some schools are tracking the words students type on school computers using safety management platforms, including Gaggle, Securly, and GoGuardian. The use of platforms, however, has raised questions about how to balance school safety and students' privacy.
Routine practice and drilling can help improve student achievement in math, according to Paul Morgan, the director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research at Pennsylvania State University. In this commentary, he shares his research that shows how teacher-directed instruction can help students learn more.
The school nutrition and transportation departments in a Georgia district are piloting a new literacy program. Words will be posted on school buses and in cafeterias to help students identify hundreds of words by sight by the end of the third grade.
Software.org and Girls Who Code taught 23 high school girls HTML, CSS and other coding skills this summer during a seven-week program. "Most of these young women have little to no experience in coding when they first start the class, but they come away feeling confident enough to call themselves 'coders' and 'programmers,' and see a future in tech," says Software.org's executive director Chris Hopfensperger.
Remind, a free school communications platform, is the most popular free mobile application, according to Apple and App Annie. Brian Grey, CEO of Remind, says that the app -- used by students, teachers and parents to communicate -- also topped the charts last August as teachers and families prepared for the start of the new school year.
In an Oakland, Calif., high school that has one of the worst retention rates for new teachers in the district, teacher LuPaulette Taylor has been holding strong for nearly 50 years. Taylor reveals what keeps her in the classroom and says that she still continues to learn new things.
Teachers learned to develop a mathematics culture among students during a recent workshop at the University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene. Julie Amador, associate professor of mathematics education and director of the Idaho Regional Mathematics Center, says teachers learned four approaches to teaching mathematical reasoning.
A Pennsylvania school district is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to offer a new artificial intelligence curriculum to middle-school students. The curriculum will teach students how to think about solutions to big problems and will prepare them for future careers.
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