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Washington state asks court to halt huge fines over education funding
Washington state asks court to halt huge fines over education funding
The state of Washington says it is making progress complying with a court order to change the way it pays for K-12 schools and is urging the Supreme Court to cease daily fines of $100,000 after it found the state in contempt. In a brief filed in co...
Should children with disabilities be exempted to take the Common Core test?
Should children with disabilities be exempted to take the Common Core test?
Student all throughout the United States are subjected to take the Common Core test, even the children who are under the special needs class. It is still an ongoing debate as most children with special needs understand things differently compared to th...
Struggling with school policy implementation? Some scenarios may help
Struggling with school policy implementation? Some scenarios may help
Like it or not, school do need policies and guidelines, whether it be for how we go about assessment, giving homework, dealing with academic dishonesty, or matters pertaining to the safeguarding of children. Writing the policy, guidelines or procedures...
State-by-state look at chronic absenteeism across America
State-by-state look at chronic absenteeism across America
It's a challenge to teach children who aren't in class — and new government numbers show more than 6.5 million students were absent for at least three weeks of the school year. The problem was particularly acute in Washington, D.C., where nearly ...
Study: Moms are most stressed when their children start middle school
Study: Moms are most stressed when their children start middle school
Raising an infant can be challenging, but raising an early adolescent may be even harder. According to a recent study from researchers at Arizona State University, mothers are the most stressed when their children start middle school. For the study, re...
What one district's data mining did for chronic absence
What one district's data mining did for chronic absence
Mel Atkins has spent most of his life with Grand Rapids Public Schools in Michigan. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High, where he played baseball. But his real love was bowling. He says he's bowled 22 perfect games. He's been a teacher and principal in...
Will 3-D technology break through to the educational mainstream?
Will 3-D technology break through to the educational mainstream?
Picture this: A student wears a set of goggles that transport her from a classroom in Athens, Georgia, to the Parthenon, 5,600 miles away in Athens, Greece. In an interactive, 3-D world, she peers up and down each of the 17 columns on the temple's side...
As the number of homeless students soars, how schools can serve them better
As the number of homeless students soars, how schools can serve them better
When Caitlin Cheney was living at a campground in Washington state with her mother and younger sister, she would do her homework by the light of the portable toilets, sitting on the concrete. She maintained nearly straight A's even though she had to hi...
Classroom rules that keep students' attention on learning
Classroom rules that keep students' attention on learning
Karen Sunderhaft, a contributor for ADDitude Magazine, writes: "Each year my fourth-grade class includes children who have trouble staying focused, following directions, and observing rules. I could use individual interventions to help them improve beh...
5 ways music and tech are adding a little STEAM to our lessons
5 ways music and tech are adding a little STEAM to our lessons
Jilian Reynolds, a contributor for eSchool News, writes: "The holy grail for those of us in education is a method that imbues students with higher-level thinking skills that stick, preparing them for what comes next in their lives. This means not just ...
Tablets: Tools for learning or distracting toys?
Tablets: Tools for learning or distracting toys?
Classrooms have come a long way since the days of pencils, paper and textbooks. Now many school districts are trading those tools in for new ones — the latest tablets and laptops, to be exact. So what kind of impact is all this technology having ...
Action video gameplay: Benefits and dangers
Action video gameplay: Benefits and dangers
Melina Uncapher, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "A growing body of behavioral and neuroscientific evidence is revealing the positive benefits of action video gameplay for improving a wide range of abilities, from simple perceptual and motor skills...
National data shows kids with disabilities face deep disparities
National data shows kids with disabilities face deep disparities
Students with disabilities are more frequently absent from school and continue to be disciplined at far higher rates than their typically-developing peers, federal officials say. New data from the U.S. Department of Education indicates that kids with d...
3 ways the flipped classroom leads to better subject mastery
3 ways the flipped classroom leads to better subject mastery
Now that the buzz about flipped learning is calming and the novelty is wearing off, the time has come to dig a little deeper into the natural outcomes of flipping. Specifically, flipping can change the type of work students complete and the way in whic...
More testing, less play: Study finds higher expectations for kindergartners
More testing, less play: Study finds higher expectations for kindergartners
This summer, millions of excited 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds will be getting ready for their first real year of school. But some of them may be in for a wake-up call when that first bell rings. If you have young kids in school, or talk with teachers of youn...
States could allow students to learn coding instead of foreign languages
States could allow students to learn coding instead of foreign languages
Michigan is the latest state to consider allowing students to replace required foreign language classes with computer coding courses. The state's House of Representatives voted earlier to approve a bill that would allow students to take three credits o...
In elementary education, 'doing science' rather than just memorizing it
In elementary education, 'doing science' rather than just memorizing it
The battle over Common Core education standards is playing out across the country, but a new set of requirements for teaching science is creeping into curricula without the same fanfare. Some states are voluntarily adopting the practices, which emphasi...
Student mobility: How it affects learning
Student mobility: How it affects learning
It's always tough to be the new kid in the middle of the school year: to find new friends, adapt to new teachers and rules.
Is discipline reform really helping decrease school violence?
Is discipline reform really helping decrease school violence?
The allegations sound like a parent's nightmare. Roughly two dozen children at New York City schools were hit, kicked and bullied by fellow students while administrators stood by, according to a recent class-action lawsuit. "The data we have seen shows...
Microcredentials provide highly personalized PD
Microcredentials provide highly personalized PD
Few teachers receive individualized professional development, though many are expected to personalize learning for students. Microcredentials — digital badges that teachers earn by learning a skill and demonstrating mastery through student result...
3 challenges as hands-on, DIY culture moves into schools
3 challenges as hands-on, DIY culture moves into schools
Take a look this summer inside some of America's garages, museums and libraries and you'll see that the "maker movement" is thriving. This hands-on, DIY culture of inventors, tinkerers and hackers is inspiring adults and children alike to design and bu...
Strengthening the memory of struggling learners: Starting points
Strengthening the memory of struggling learners: Starting points
Most struggling learners have a strong propensity to forget, no matter how many times teachers and parents tell them something. This adds tremendous complexity and uncertainty to teaching while frustrating teachers, parents and learners alike. So, how ...
Schools to begin monitoring students from military families
Schools to begin monitoring students from military families
Schools across the country are preparing to formally track students from military families, monitoring their academic progress as they move from military base to military base and state to state, under a new provision in the federal education law. The ...
Does school climate influence, even determine teacher effectiveness?
Does school climate influence, even determine teacher effectiveness?
The Seventy-Four took a look at research over the years that has indicated that good schools help good teachers be effective - but a school with a negative school climate can leave even the best of teachers with their hands tied.
The departure of the 'turnaround principal'
The departure of the 'turnaround principal'
It wasn't long into Damon Holmes's tenure as the new principal of Malcolm X Shabazz High School this fall that Sharon Cook, an administrator at Shabazz, knew the school and students were going to be okay under the new guy. Cook was having a meeting wit...
Puzzling for learning: Quick brown foxes and lazy dogs
Puzzling for learning: Quick brown foxes and lazy dogs
In my previous article, I wrote about the value of Wordsmith.org, a website that offers 22 years (and counting) worth of linguistic goodies in one simple package. Wordsmith.org offers "A Word a Day," a daily email of theme-based words, their defini...
Are young kids losing the brain-boosting benefits of playtime?
Are young kids losing the brain-boosting benefits of playtime?
As kindergarten and pre-K have become more academically rigorous, some worry that the very youngest students may be missing out on crucial development through abundant playtime. But other educators believe setting high expectations for achievement help...
'Get children playing outdoors' to improve academic success and reduce obesity
'Get children playing outdoors' to improve academic success and reduce obesity
Campaigns to promote physical activity and reduce obesity among children should focus more on active outdoor play, according to a study led at the University of Strathclyde. The Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card 2016 has found that children's ph...
Allow your district's IT department to have a relaxing summer: Automate access management
Allow your district's IT department to have a relaxing summer: Automate access management
As summer is upon us, not all school districts employees are looking forward to relaxing for a few months. System administrators often need to prepare during the off-student months for the new school year by making all the appropriate changes to their ...
The best BYOD tech tools for the Common Core classroom
The best BYOD tech tools for the Common Core classroom
Denise Jaffe, a contributor for eSchool News, writes: "I recently had the pleasure of spending a few hours in a friend's classroom where I introduced her students to technology applications that would engage them in 'showing what they know' at differen...
At summer lunch programs, schools see hungry parents, too
At summer lunch programs, schools see hungry parents, too
Schools that provide meals for students during summer months are finding that the adults often need help, as well, to keep from going hungry.
Software, classroom management top interests among teachers for online professional learning
Software, classroom management top interests among teachers for online professional learning
Teachers typically take advantage of online professional learning opportunities because they are personally interested in finding out more about subjects; they're most interested in learning about software and digital resources and classroom management...
5 ways to use scannable tech in the math classroom
5 ways to use scannable tech in the math classroom
Scannable technology can totally alter the way that you think about teaching and learning in the math classroom. This powerful free and low-cost technology can support students inside and outside the classroom and change the way you think about interac...
The civil rights problem in US schools: 10 new numbers
The civil rights problem in US schools: 10 new numbers
It's a rare and remarkable view into America's public schools and the challenges that continue some 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education: The Civil Rights Data Collection survey. Since 1968, the federal government has been sending it to the natio...
'Islands' that separate education haves from have-nots
'Islands' that separate education haves from have-nots
The school district of Freehold Borough, N.J., has a 32 percent poverty rate. It is fully surrounded by another school district, Freehold Township, which has a 5 percent poverty rate.
Schools, libraries miss out on millions in E-Rate funds
Schools, libraries miss out on millions in E-Rate funds
Schools and libraries nationwide missed out on more than $245 million in E-Rate funds in fiscal year 2014, analysis shows. According to StateScoop, Midwestern states — including Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Okl...
To do better in school, kids should exercise their bodies as well as their brains, experts say
To do better in school, kids should exercise their bodies as well as their brains, experts say
Attention parents: If you'd like to see your kids do better in school, have them close their books, set down their pencils and go outside to play. That's the latest advice from an international group of experts who studied the value of exercise in scho...
Protecting students of all religious backgrounds from unlawful discrimination
Protecting students of all religious backgrounds from unlawful discrimination
All students - regardless of race, national origin, religion, disability or sex - deserve access to a high-quality education, from preschool through college.
Study: Behavior woes hamper boys more than girls in school
Study: Behavior woes hamper boys more than girls in school
Behavior problems are more likely to hold boys back in school than girls, a new study shows.
National survey reveals students want hands-on, real-world STEM education
National survey reveals students want hands-on, real-world STEM education
When it comes to STEM education, high school students in the United States want to see changes made to teaching methods and more access to resources outside of the classroom, according to a national survey conducted by the Amgen Foundation and Change t...
As teachers tackle new student-writing expectations, support is lacking
As teachers tackle new student-writing expectations, support is lacking
Writing instruction may have fallen by the wayside during the No Child Left Behind Act era, as teachers zeroed in on teaching math and reading. But now, with most states using the Common Core State Standards, students are expected to write a lot more &...
How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests
How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests
With testing season starting up again, here’s a reminder of last year's demoralizing news: Every California district and demographic group fared worse on the national Smarter Balanced tests, and the state's already large test score gaps grew. The...
Fast-growth schools struggle to keep pace
Fast-growth schools struggle to keep pace
Everything's bigger in Texas, and we're talking more than cowboy hats, cattle and the 268,820 square miles within our borders.
Playground zoning leads to more active playtime for school-aged children
Playground zoning leads to more active playtime for school-aged children
Most school-aged children would readily admit that their favorite part of the school day isn't math, science or English. Recess has always been a favorite for kids because it gives them a break from academics and allows them to expend pent-up energy in...
How to break into smaller groups in the classroom to focus on writing
How to break into smaller groups in the classroom to focus on writing
Teachers would love to give each student individual attention whenever they need it, but packed classrooms often make that a difficult task. As a result, it's not uncommon for teachers to move on to new concepts even when some are still struggling to i...
4 elements to successful bullying recognition and prevention
4 elements to successful bullying recognition and prevention
Recognizing and preventing bullying in schools is primarily a matter of organized implementation of a few critical themes. Effectively addressing the complex dynamics between a target, a bully and bystanders involves strategies that include reducing is...
Are gifted kids more sensitive to screen violence?
Are gifted kids more sensitive to screen violence?
The past few weeks have been full of several unfortunate violent events: the massacre in Orlando, the killing of black men by police officers, the sniper attack in Dallas, the Bastille Day attack in France, the violent coup attempt in Turkey and the sh...
Online course control in education
Online course control in education
Any public district transitioning to an integrated digital curriculum needs time, patience and support from top leadership. Let's face it, digital content — from the Khan Academy to streaming videos to adaptive learning applications — has e...
1 in 4 teachers miss 10 or more school days, analysis finds
1 in 4 teachers miss 10 or more school days, analysis finds
More than 6.5 million students in 2013-2014 attended a school where at least half of teachers missed 10 days of school or more, according to the most recent estimate from the U.S. Department of Education. Now, a new analysis by the Education Week Resea...
Research Suggests Teachers Want Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Research Suggests Teachers Want Virtual Reality in the Classroom
At ISTE 2016 in Denver, Samsung revealed the findings of a new study it has conducted into the interest in adopting virtual reality technology into the K-12 classroom. This nationwide survey of more than 1,000 U.S. K-12 teachers revealed that 86 percen...
Finding the best tech tools for today's cutting-edge classrooms
Finding the best tech tools for today's cutting-edge classrooms
Providing a consistent education-technology experience district-wide is important for students, teachers, administrators and even parents. Prior to starting the process of standardizing new future-proof technologies, our district's technology was not c...
Social-emotional learning: States collaborate to craft standards, policies
Social-emotional learning: States collaborate to craft standards, policies
Eight states will work collaboratively to create and implement plans to encourage social-emotional learning in their schools, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. The organization, which is also known as CASEL, will assist the...
5 questions that promote student success in high-poverty schools
5 questions that promote student success in high-poverty schools
Leaders in high-performing, high-poverty schools know that success requires more than just high-quality teaching and learning. The entire school, as a system, should work together to develop a common instructional framework that provides a vision of wh...
The case for starting schools later
The case for starting schools later
Yawning students and a starting bells ringing before 7:30 a.m. are not uncommon sights and sounds at schools around the country each day.
Report: 6 million students miss too much school
Report: 6 million students miss too much school
More than 6 million students - representing 13 percent of the K-12 population - missed at least 15 days of school in 2013-2014, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis from the U.S. Department of Education.
When it comes to student achievement, facilities matter
When it comes to student achievement, facilities matter
Yazoo County School District Superintendent Becky Fischer said the lights in the high school in her district were so old, they could not even find bulbs for them when they went out. Electric equipment, decades old, fell repeatedly, meaning constant mai...
Tween online habits, revealed
Tween online habits, revealed
Most toddlers can swipe an iPad, tap an e-book, and call grandma on mom's phone, so you'd think that kids in upper elementary school would be seasoned digital users and experts at navigating the web. As it turns out, a new study published in the Intern...
More than 6 million kids are chronically absent. What gets them back in class?
More than 6 million kids are chronically absent. What gets them back in class?
In schools across the country, teachers have long fretted about the challenges of reaching students who don't come to class. Education researchers echo those concerns, saying that missing 10 percent of the school year — just two days a month R...
How trauma-informed teaching builds a sense of safety and care
How trauma-informed teaching builds a sense of safety and care
Third grade teacher Anita Parameswaran is no stranger to students who have experienced trauma. She has taught kids who have experienced the effects of abuse, neglect and divorce. She had one student experience a huge setback when he learned his father ...
As teachers tackle new student-writing expectations, support is lacking
As teachers tackle new student-writing expectations, support is lacking
Writing instruction may have fallen by the wayside during the No Child Left Behind Act era, as teachers zeroed in on teaching math and reading. But now, with most states using the Common Core State Standards, students are expected to write a lot more -...
Are summer 'camps' the next frontier in helping disadvantaged students catch up?
Are summer 'camps' the next frontier in helping disadvantaged students catch up?
It was July-hot outside of Octavia Wolf's classroom, but inside, 18 children were gathered on a rug around their teacher, who led them through a book about the life of undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau. As Wolf posed questions, hands shot up. Students...
Propane bus fleets gain momentum in US schools
Propane bus fleets gain momentum in US schools
Transitioning to eco-friendly propane school buses may help districts save money and safeguard student health. Nearly every top school bus market now operates propane-fueled vehicles in its fleets, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. "The stro...
Why the metric system hasn't failed in the US
Why the metric system hasn't failed in the US
When Sally Mitchell, a science teacher at East Syracuse Minoa Central High in Syracuse, New York, spoke to a group of students at the recent U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl, she remarked that one of her projects is to "finally metricate...