Ensuring equitable access for all students to STEAM learning and career preparation is everyone's job: At home, parents should encourage their children to participate in what they like, disregarding what marketing executives decided was “appropriate” for girls or boys; and at school, teachers must encourage both girls and boys in their formative processes, wherever that might lead them. Technology (or any career) has no gender; it should be open to everyone who takes an interest in it.
- By Claudia Marroquin
What teachers most need is not another app, it’s student goal setting—the process of working with students to set a short-term learning goal, track progress toward that goal, and celebrate success. Senior education researcher and author Chase Nordengren lays out the five steps to start revolutionizing student learning with student goal setting in a workshop-style classroom.
- By Chase Nordengren
As K–12 schools work to recover from widespread learning loss resulting from pandemic disruptions, implementing the tools, policies, and practices necessary to capture and leverage actionable data will be critical; here's how to identify, measure, and act on student and school data to maximize efforts at closing the learning gap.
Data security and privacy are inseparable. With today kicking off Data Privacy Week, it’s a good time to take a step back and look at the efforts being made to ensure the privacy of our student’s data is being protected, and understand why schools must take data security more seriously.
- By Charlie Sander
Social-emotional learning (SEL) remains a top priority in K–12 education. One recent survey found that teachers believe in the value of SEL for academic success and well-being, and see it as a tool that’s helpful for the transition back to in-person instruction.
- By Amy Jackson, Sarah Brown
Kids are ready for more self-direction. A fear of "messing up" may be holding them back.
- By Lenore Skenazy
Some of the most striking findings from the surveys relate to how teachers are handling the current challenges in this post-lockdown environment. In many ways, their roles seem unsustainable. Is it time to rethink some of the core approaches to K–12 schooling?
Teachers make an estimated 1,500 decisions per day — just part of an already intensive workday. Without additional support, this leaves little time for self-reflection and professional growth to occur.
- By Allyson Burnett
Social media is intentionally designed to hijack our emotions. But, there is a way to break the cycle.
Schools can be noisier than many think, but for those who struggle to hear, technology can help teachers communicate better and live healthier lives.