As Cursive Fades, Coding in Schools Gains Momentum
Everyone agrees that coding is a valuable skill, but should it be mandatory for U.S. students?
Protecting ESPs Who Are Threatened for Refusing Unsafe Work
What Association officials can do to keep members healthy, safe and gainfully employed.
At the Fork in the Road for Students, Educators Can Make the Difference, Author Says
Wes Moore talks about how the expectations of teachers and smart policies can affect the "others."
Is Mental Health the Next Focus of the School Safety Debate?
One year after Sandy Hook, experts see encouraging signs at the state level.
Must ReadsThe Future of Shop Class
The 21st century’s information economy demands a new style of career training that helps prepare students for further education rather than diverts them from it, and teaches creative thinking and problem-solving rather than how to perform rote tasks. Think about CTE not only as training relevant to a career but as a way to help students acquire academic skills and think critically in a different way. Source: The Atlantic
Creative Ways to Bring Music to Students — Every Day!
Music education, it seems, is just plain good for you. In addition to recent research that suggests music training improves literacy, increases brain function, and leaves alasting mark on the adult brain, a recent study out of Finland featured in the journal Music Education Research found that, even when controlled for gender, school music lessons for four hours a week, over time, left students feeling good about all aspects of school. Some schools are choosing to make music education a priority, finding creative ways to stretch both time and money to make daily music a reality. Source: KQED MindShift
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Ahead in EdNominate a Teacher for the National Teachers Hall of Fame – January 13
The mission of The National Teachers Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor exceptional career teachers, encourage excellence in teaching, and preserve the rich heritage of the teaching profession in the United States. Each year, five outstanding teachers are inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame after a rigorous nomination/ application process. Do you know an outstanding teacher who should be inducted into the Hall of Fame? Submit a nomination by January 13.
December 9 – National Day of Action for Great Public Schools
On December 9th, educators will join parents, students and community leaders across the country to hold local actions that demand their direct involvement in decisions that impact public schools. In communities across the country, these key stakeholders are demanding more for America’s kids than the current market-driven reforms which proliferate rather than address inequity. For more information, including a National Day of Action Toolkit and event materials, please go to www.edvotes.org/ourschools
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