Students nationwide -- from Pennsylvania to Montana to Florida -- are participating in events to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Events include a Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit, a "Read for Peace" day and a Dreamers and Doers breakfast.
Now is a good time for teachers to take stock of their physical learning space, writes mentor teacher and author Regie Routman. In this commentary, she shares ways teachers can improve learning spaces, including being selective about what to post on the walls and by ensuring the relevance of the classroom library.
Video can be a useful teaching tool in the classroom, educators suggest in this blog post. Among them is National Board Certified Teacher Jason Griffith, who says he uses films based on books to have students compare and contrast the two formats.
Researchers from Purdue University are training and working with teachers across the US to examine how the dramatic arts -- from watching performances to acting out a story -- affects reading comprehension and language of young students. Arizona preschool teacher Nicole Ainsa said the training has helped her support her students to increase their vocabulary and problem-solving skills.
Fifth-graders from a Connecticut school recently visited UN headquarters in New York City during a grant-funded field trip that Spanish teacher Montse Rich says fits perfectly with the school's international mission. Rich said she stresses to students the importance of learning more languages and how the UN helps with peacekeeping and human rights around the world.
Spending on public education in the US rose by 2.8% during the 2014-15 school year, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. This marked the second consecutive year of spending increases following the national 2008 recession.
Students and educators at some elementary schools in Alaska are learning how trauma can affect teaching and learning. The Collaborative Learning for Educational Achievement and Resilience program seeks to develop a common language, so students and staff can better communicate about emotions.
Helping, sharing and comforting others may boost students' self-esteem, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescence. Researchers also found that helping strangers versus family and friends yielded more long-term benefits for teens.
School leaders in a Texas district piloted the Inspired Classroom project, which uses technology, classroom furniture and teacher creativity to overhaul a traditional "sit-and-get" learning model. In this commentary, Superintendent Keith McBurnett describes the approach.
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, and his wife have donated $33 million in scholarships for students who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The scholarship program, through the nonprofit TheDream, allows undocumented students to receive funds to help pay for college.
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