The new school year is just about to take off for most of you and many of you will start to hear from your peers more about some of the hot topics and strategies in education this year. We here at SEEN also chose to delve into some of the trending education topics and we always came back to one of the most prevalent issues everyone is chatting about: equity.
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There are many educators who have developed a passion for the concept of personalized learning. I am one of those educators. Who can argue with an approach to learning that embraces customization of learning based on the strengths, needs, skills and interests of each student?
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I want to talk about a whole new challenge for teachers: making sure they handle transgender students with sensitivity and understanding. According to a CDC study that was released in January 2019, nearly two percent of high school students identify as transgender, and 35 percent of these trans students have attempted suicide in the past year.
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Exclusion and Inclusion
Education for all has a short history. Just a couple hundred years ago — a blink of an eye in the human story — education was strictly limited to the privileged. Even today, equality is still taking root in education. If you visit different schools and different districts, you know that it’s a work in progress. We still have huge gaps in learning opportunity. After all, Title IX only became law in 1972.
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Twice-exceptional students, often abbreviated as “2e,” are high ability children with varying learning disabilities. They are exceptional both because of their intellectual gifts and because of their special needs.
When we examine student performance data in education, we see drastic ranges that correlate to a variety of factors which include, but are not limited to, class sizes, average funding per student, percent of students with disabilities, and use of evidence-based practices (EBPs; Fowler & Walberg, 1991).
Who are Gifted English Language Learners and are we fulfilling their educational needs? There is often a stereotypical definition of gifted students, but does this view include gifted learners at risk; gifted students of poverty; bilingual and immigrant gifted learners?
Last week, as I was preparing for a session with teachers concerning strategies for vocabulary instruction, I had dual objectives. I wanted to share the latest in education research about how vocabulary instruction can change student achievement, but I also wanted to model the instructional strategies that would meet the teachers’ needs as learners and the needs of their students.
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One of the greatest decisions I made in college was to become part of Urban Teacher Residency Partnership Program (UTRPP) — a collaboration between University of South Florida and Hillsborough County Schools. In this program, future educators are given the opportunity to see what outstanding pedagogy looks like through college courses.
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Winter Mansion of Thomas Edison in Ft Meyers, Florida. Not only was I impressed with the myriad of projects he was involved in but also the number of his devices and inventions that started out as ideas, became failures, but with later modifications and changes become highly successful and indispensible innovations for the world.
Enrolled in a graduate program? Thinking about getting that post-master’s certificate? You’re not alone. Every year educators from all fields look for new graduate programs, certificates or endorsements to improve their career status — and for good reason. Obtaining a master’s degree can move you into different roles in education, better teaching practices — all while increasing your income along the way.
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Equity: Equity has been the buzzword on the lips of educators for some years now, but that does not make it any less significant. It’s hardly a trend, it’s a necessity, but it is one topic that will continue to get more and more coverage in the 2019-2020 school year as more school districts are tasked to focus on improving school climate and culture.
Taking a step back and really looking at what schools are offering students can be extremely eye-opening for district leaders.
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For the past five years, PEG Writing - an award-winning automated scoring software by Measurement Incorporated - became a trusted name in formative writing assessment. Last year, over 10,000 teachers and 350,000 students across the country used PEG Writing to improve writing fundamentals and engage in the writing process. With over 6.8 million drafts and 1.4 million scored essays, school districts saw significant growth in writing skills and improvements on yearly assessments.
3D Printing Facilitates Experiential Learning in K-20 Classrooms
The 21st-century is proving to be a pivotal point in human history as technology permeates every facet of our lives. In order to prepare students for life and work in the age of technology, educators are looking to 3D printing to help expand their curricula for a more hands-on approach.
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It goes without saying that in the world of STEM education, games are a huge part of the curriculum. Many people don’t realize just how educational games can be and how to repurpose these activities into lessons students’ can use in life. Here’s one game inventor’s perspective on the value of games, learning and having fun in our schools.
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Many of us recall the old Victorian era stereoscopes and View Masters of prior decades. Still images right before our eyes literally provided us with an up-close examination of an old cowboy sitting on his horse or zoo animals feeding in captivity. The images caught our attention and gave us reason to explore every detail of the pictures before us.
Keeping staff and students safe can be like a gray cloud always looming. As an administrator, certain questions might start to stack up as you think about this school year: How can I train staff and educate students effectively while checking all the boxes of state-mandated compliance? How can I track student behavior closely enough to see patterns and respond to warning signs? How can I handle the inevitable incidents that may happen — and avoid as many as possible?
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Last year was the deadliest on record for school shootings — at least 83 died or were injured in active-shooter incidents, according to USA Today. Since Columbine, at least 228,000 students have been exposed to gun violence at school. State lawmakers and school districts across the country are increasingly focused on student safety, including a number of new laws and policies taking effect this school year. Whether the discussion involves using technology, adding staff, partnering with law enforcement, or developing training programs to address safety at school, states and schools are collectively taking a national responsibility for safer education and putting what they’ve learned to good use through new laws and policies. Let’s have a look at what some of the individual states are doing to support student safety.
Run. Hide. Fight is a popular active shooter preparedness system many schools throughout the United States use to train their students and staff in an active shooter situation.
Run. Hide. Fight, in a slightly modified form, is a highly effective program for K-12 schools.
Here are just a few reasons why the program works so well:
Years ago, my coworker had a child in middle school who rode the bus to and from school. In an era before cell phones were commonplace — especially for kids — she would anticipate the daily landline call from her son reporting that he had arrived home. Then, she would breathe a sigh of relief.
Schools rooted in STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) instruction are sprouting up across the Southeast. To provide students with the comprehensive education needed to excel in these growing disciplines, these schools not only require specific curriculums and tools, but also environments designed to foster students’ success.
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Today educational facilities are re-vamped with wonderful aesthetics and state-of-the-art technology, but oftentimes the basic facility needs can be initially overlooked. The need to equip your facility with safety protection systems is key to creating a safe environment for staff and students. Fire safety is one of those pertinent protection systems that should be incorporated in your facility planning and upgrades.
There can be many advantages to reducing outside air. And with the right air cleaners, the investment will pay for itself in energy savings.
In the early 1800s, cigarettes became popular in the United States. It was not until the 1950s and 1960s that medical reports confirmed the dangers of smoking cigarettes. It took almost 200 years to detect the extreme health risks of tobacco smoking.
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For a family to become a “sports family” and for a child to become a “student-athlete,” then two things need to take place. The family unit needs to be physically active and the child/children need to have regular — ideally daily — Physical Education (P.E.) at school. The P.E. component at school is a key, critical and necessary part of the equation. Not only is a P.E. class a great place to be physically active, it’s a venue where children get to learn about the importance of being healthy, have fun with their classmates, develop self-confidence and earn the respect of their peers. But, it’s worth noting that the biggest positive side effect of a P.E. class is the student’s mind. Research confirms that physical activity during the school day actually enhances academic achievement.
“Hangry” is a term that has become increasingly popular. There are books focused on the topic of hangry, t-shirts, posters and even “hangry” kits or care-packages that you can buy for your friends and family. As funny as the term sounds, hangry is a real thing. It’s a phenomenon whereby some people get grumpy and short-tempered when they are overdue for food, or hungry. The emotional state associated with hangry is a result of real biological and hormonal changes taking place in the body that make it harder to focus and control emotions.
We just finished talking about nutrition and the students’ brain. But how does nutrition affect you as a teacher?
When you’re an educator, you’re constantly on the move during the school day. So...you might grab a candy bar from the vending machines to sustain you until lunch. Or you have meetings after school so you reach for chips and a soda to tide you over until you make it home for dinner.
Immersive Exhibits and Activities
Score a touchdown with your students by taking them on a trip to The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame this school year! Our 45-yard indoor playing field and over 50 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits make the top-rated Hall of Fame the perfect place to engage your students and experience the greatness of the game.
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Field trips are a wonderful opportunity for experience and exposure that simply can’t be gained within a classroom. Whether to a park, a zoo, a museum or another destination, field trips are an exciting chance to get the kids out of their usual element and captivate their attention and imaginations.
Are you looking for the perfect place to take your students this fall? The Cook Museum of Natural Science has developed an education department to teach children and adults alike about the natural world around us. Our mission is to have people realize that “life is amazing.” By creating and implementing a curriculum that contains life, earth and physical science, we hope to enhance and encourage scientific learning in our community.
There is no better place to experience STEM than inside the hull of an engineering marvel, all 888 feet and 30,000 tons of it. Commissioned during WWII in 1943, the USS Yorktown sits in Charleston Harbor and is a part of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum located in the town of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Both the ship and its salty setting, alongside overnight accommodations, create a one-of-a-kind opportunity for hands-on learning.
At the end of her workday on Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a seamstress at a downtown department store, boarded a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus for her ride home.
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