How Making A Podcast Enriched Students’ Lives

English teacher Tim Wasem says he’s still getting his head around it. “I have students coming in this semester … who are asking, like, ‘When are we gonna do the podcast challenge? When’s that gonna happen?’ “ That’s because a year ago, an unlikely team of 11th-graders at Elizabethton High School in east Tennessee won NPR’s first-ever Student Podcast Challenge. Their 11-minute entry told the story of how the nearby town of Erwin is trying Read More

How to Manage Discord Over Student Discipline

The principal-teacher relationship faces a lot of potential stressors, from dealing with parents to disagreements over who has to do lunch duty. But perhaps nothing causes more friction between principals and teachers than how to discipline students. Teachers and principals alike—although to varying degrees—rank student discipline as the biggest source of disagreement between the two groups, according to a survey by the Education Week Research Center. Full story at Education Week

Electronics in the Classroom Lead to Lower Test Scores

USING ELECTRONIC devices in the classroom can be distracting to students and lead to lower grades. A study published in the journal Educational Psychology found that students who had cellphones or laptops present while a lesson was being taught scored five percent, or half a letter grade, lower on exams than students who didn’t use electronics. Researchers separated 118 college students enrolled in the same course into two groups. Each group was taught the same material by Read More

Are We Recreating Segregated Education Online?

Online courses helped kick off a movement promising that your zipcode no longer had to determine the quality of education you received. People in rural Bhutan could take a computer science class from Harvard. Students at a community college could supplement their math class with lectures from MIT. A single mom in middle America could learn to code from Google instructor. However, as more online learning companies raise their Series D funding rounds, and players from Duolingo to Coursera try Read More

The Nation’s Teaching Force Is Still Mostly White and Female

Teachers tend to be white, female, and have nearly a decade and a half of experience in the classroom, according to new data released Monday by the federal government. But there are signs that the nation’s teaching force is gradually growing more diverse. It is also more heterogeneous: The nation’s charter school teachers look significantly different from teachers in traditional public schools. Full story at edweek.org

Meet The 5 New Inductees Of The National Teachers Hall Of Fame

Emporia, Kansas is home to rolling prairies, wheat fields, and the world’s biggest frisbee golf tournament. But the reason we went there: the National Teacher Hall of Fame, which gives the place it’s most revered title, Teacher Town USA. In 1989 the members of the Emporia local school board and Emporia State University asked, ‘Why doesn’t anyone honor teachers?’ To fill the void, they created the museum and hall of fame, where the top five Read More

Big changes are coming to education, and some developed nations could get left behind

For centuries, innovation in education has been led by powerful and influential countries. That could be set to change, however, with today’s developing nations primed to lead the charge. “It is likely that we could see the transformation of education systems occurring first in developing countries,” said William Altman, tech industry analyst at CB Insights. Speaking with CNBC, Altman explained that incumbent educational institutions in the developed world were better equipped to survive the first Read More

Number of Homeschoolers Growing Nationwide

As the dissatisfaction among parents with the U.S. education system grows, so too does the number of homeschoolers in America. Since 1999, the number of children who are being homeschooled has increased by 75%. Although currently the percentage of homeschooled children is only 4% of all school children nationwide, the number of primary school kids whose parents choose to forgo traditional education is growing seven times faster than the number of kids enrolling in K-12 Read More

California programs to entice would-be teachers to the classroom

If you have any desire to be a math or science teacher in California, there is no shortage of programs to help you achieve that goal. In an effort to lure more people to the profession, the California Department of Education, California State University, the University of California and nonprofits such as 100Kin10 have all created programs to entice college students and mid-career professionals – especially those in the math and science fields – to become Read More

Don’t Grade Teachers With a Bad Algorithm

For more than a decade, a glitchy and unaccountable algorithm has been making life difficult for America’s teachers. The good news is that its reign of terror might finally be drawing to a close. I first became acquainted with the Value-Added Model in 2011, when a friend of mine, a high school principal in Brooklyn, told me that a complex mathematical system was being used to assess her teachers — and to help decide such Read More