Case study: Giving students more personalized choices takes ‘great teaching’

Eighth-grader Mercedes Gay loves having choices at school. But those choices are more meaningful than deciding between a “fishwich” sandwich or an Asian chicken salad in the cafeteria at DelSesto Middle School in the Providence, RI, district. Education Week, Nov. 27, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Teacher pay: How Pennsylvania ranks

Nationally, teachers were paid an average annual salary $60,483 in the 2017- 18 school year, according to the most recent data available from the National Education Association. In Pennsylvania average salary was $67,398, ranking ninth among U.S. states. Patch.com, Nov… More

How election results will shake up state education policy

There will be a new cast of characters overseeing state education policy in 2019 — and many of them will be looking to shake things up to deliver on the many promises they made on the campaign trail in this year's midterm elections. Education Week, Nov. 27, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Podcast: The diverse benefits of online learning

In this podcast recorded recently at the 2018 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference, host Annette Gray covers online learning and the way it can further in and out of classroom learning for customized, maximized instructional support… More

Commentary: What has this Congress actually gotten done on education?

When the current Congress kicked off at the start of last year, there were a lot of education issues to tackle. So as the first two years of Congress during the Trump administration come to a close, what did the lawmakers accomplish and where did they come up empty? Education Week, Nov… More

Smart Talk: Area superintendent salaries and fixing broken instruments

The online PA Post researched and reported on Pennsylvania school superintendents and reporter Ed Mahon joins us on Tuesday's Smart Talk with more of what he found. Also, the number of schools offering music education in Pennsylvania, and the nation, is in a steady decline and has been for more than a decade… More

What educators need to know about teaching Thanksgiving

Part of the difficulty in teaching Thanksgiving is that the story of the first Thanksgiving is incomplete, according to Edwin Schupman, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma who helps educators talk about Native American history and culture. NPR, Nov… More

Report shows deportation fear grips immigrant and refugee students in U.S. schools

The educational needs of refugee and immigrant students are frequently unmet in the United States and other nations across the globe, a new United Nations report concludes. Education Week, Nov. 21, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Raising student ‘voice and choice’ is the mantra. But is it a good idea?

Giving students more choice over what they learn and how they demonstrate mastery is a tricky task for educators. Education Week, Nov. 21, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Editorial: Decreased emphasis on standardized testing a positive step

It’s good to be able to monitor progress. To have accountability and a measuring stick. It’s also good when we aren’t restricted or defined by those assessment methods. LancasterOnline, Nov… More