Students in an Oregon district are learning that failure sometimes is a necessary part of the learning process. The district has added lessons on using a growth-mindset philosophy in the classroom to its teacher-training program in hopes of teaching students skills that can help them overcome challenges.
Thoughts?? Some schools in four states and Washington, D.C., are expanding on the blended-learning model by using technology to develop customized math lessons for students. One such school in New York City -- profiled in this article -- holds math lessons in an open classroom with as many as 150 students.
"Our role as teachers is not to do the learning for our students; our role is to find ways to help our students learn on their own," writes ASCD author and ASCD EDge community member Robyn Jackson. In a recent blog post, Jackson explains why it's important for teachers not to work harder than their students and instead help students to learn to do things for themselves.
Teachers should strive to find "giftedness" in all students, educator Cheryl Mizerny writes in this blog post. She calls for the use of instructional strategies often used in gifted-education classrooms to be used with all students, especially those who may be struggling.
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PovertyUSA is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. An initiative of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), PovertyUSA seeks to educate and promote understanding about poverty and its root causes.
National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) Established at Johns Hopkins University in 1996, NNPS invites schools, districts, states, and organizations to join together and use research-based approaches to organize and sustain excellent programs of family and community involvement that will increase student success in school.
Census Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) The U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program produces single-year estimates of income and poverty for all U.S. states and counties as well as estimates of school-age children in poverty for all 13,000+ school districts.