Bringing the ‘Why’ To Life: How to Enlist Teachers Behind a Challenging New Curriculum
Jana Beth Francis, the assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for Daviess County Schools in Owensboro, Ky, has helped teachers to embrace a new, more challenging curriculum that systematically builds students’ content knowledge.
Building Social-Emotional Resilience Among Students and Staff
In the Cleveland County school district in Shelby, N.C., Nellie Aspel, the director of exceptional children, has ensured that the system is responsive to the social-emotional needs of both students and staff. March 25, 2020
On a Mission to Help Student-Teachers Thrive—and Stay in the Profession
Marsha Francis, the program director of GO First Step in Fulton County, Ga., has rethought from top to bottom how the district handles student teaching. March 18, 2020
Increasing District Capacity to Support Student and Staff Mental Health Needs
Jeff Wellington, the supervisor of special projects in the Hamilton Township, N.J., school district has drawn on his breadth of experience as a special education teacher, school counselor, psychologist, and mental health counselor. March 11, 2020
The World of Careers Is Changing. This Superintendent Aims to Get His Students ‘Future Ready’
Students get a postsecondary jump-start through Hamilton County, Tenn.’s Future-Ready Institutes. Superintendent Bryan Johnson has led the initiative, which couples exploration of real-world careers with project-based learning. Feb. 26, 2020
Making Tech Work for Schools—And Students
Technology Director Mark Breen wants all students in the Vail, Ariz. district to be comfortable with technology – both its conceptual applications and specific skills like coding. Feb. 26, 2020
Helping Put Homeless Students on Solid Footing
Johnnye Waller, a 2020 Leader To Learn From, describes the components of Lee County, N.C.’s innovative Project Lift-Off, a summer program that nurtures homeless students’ social and academic skills. Feb. 19, 2020
Careers, Competitions, Creativity: New Courses Help Students Explore the Future
Students can explore different career industries and internships in Baldwin, N.Y., where Superintendent Shari Camhi has created a series of rigorous academies giving students a hands-on chance to explore. Feb. 19, 2020
Fighting for School Buses in One of the Nation’s Most Dangerous Cities
Concerned for her daughters' safety, an East St. Louis, Ill., mother battled for expanded bus service. State lawmakers listened.
Student Motivation: Why Autonomy Matters
Studies show that giving students a role in deciding what their educational experience looks like can help motivate them.
Student Motivation: Making Students’ Work Relevant
For students to feel motivated, they must see the work they are doing in the classroom as interesting, valuable, and useful to their present lives.
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