Two recent studies link student-teacher relationships to students' academic outcomes. Roland Fryer of Harvard University in one study found that elementary students who were taught by different specialists -- instead of having the same teacher who knew them well across most subjects -- had lower scores in math and reading.
The US Department of Education has launched a "top-to-bottom" review of the TEACH grant program after some teachers' grants have been converted into loans, even though they were in compliance with the program. Federal officials say the review will take time and there are no guarantees that teachers will regain their grant status.
Experiential learning can help engage students, suggests Shawna Stueck, an elementary-school teacher at an online public school. In this article, she writes about three strategies for integrating experiential learning, including letting students lead and make more choices in the classroom.
Primary and secondary students in the UK collectively speak more than 360 languages, but they often are discouraged from using them in class, writes Clare Cunningham, a senior lecturer at York St John University. In this commentary, she highlights the research she conducted about educators' attitudes toward multilingualism and notes benefits of students using their home languages at school.
Students should be allowed to help direct their curriculum, asserts middle-school teacher Hilary Hamilton. In this blog post, she shares how students at her school are doing that by building community and exploring their interests.
The digital tool Slack can help support Socratic seminars, write Zach Seagle, a history instructional coach at KIPP San Francisco College Prep, and Justin Taylor, a high-school social studies teacher. In this commentary, they suggest students use Slack as a companion to in-person discussions by asking questions and linking to relevant resources.
A program in the School District of Philadelphia is intended to help smooth the transition to high school by creating a school-within-a-school model for freshmen. About one-third of the city's high-schoolers do not graduate on time, and one principal said the transition to ninth grade is a key stumbling block.
Digital tools can help seasoned teachers mentor first-year educators, asserts instructional technology coordinator Claudio Zavala Jr. In this blog post, Zavala suggests four digital tools to support new teachers with critiques, communication and demonstrations.
Researchers have found that although black children have a lower suicide rate overall compared with their white peers, black children ages 5 to 12 are nearly twice as likely to commit suicide as white children of the same age, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The findings look at CDC data on suicide prevalence from 2001 to 2015 and "underscore the need to explore potential race-related differences in mechanisms of suicide ..." the researchers wrote.
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