Just last month, Kristen Espina, a 6th and 7th grade math teacher at Moundsville Middle School, was named Edmentum’s Educator of the Year for 2018. She was recognized for her creative and effective use of technology in her classroom to encourage her students to strive for success but also for her dedication to helping them learn. Recently, we had the chance to chat with Kristen about how she keeps her students motivated, what she does to be the best teacher she can be, and what matters most to her as a teacher when it comes to her students. But first, we were curious, what made her want to become an educator?
Agnes “Granny” Zhelesnik wasn’t your typical 102-year-old. Every morning, she would get up and head to the Sundance School in New Jersey to teach cooking and sewing lessons to elementary students. You wouldn’t believe how busy Agnes kept herself – between teaching classes and making costumes for the school play, she led a busy and fulfilling life.
Is summer breaking America’s schools? How much of their own money does the average teacher spend on school supplies? Did architects from a century ago affect how students learn in your classroom? Can IT departments combat cheating? Find the answer to all these questions and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up!
Modern classrooms are being transformed by technology. Recent, dramatic increases in student access to technology through bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and 1:1 initiatives have provided teachers with blended and virtual learning opportunities for their students that can fundamentally change how learning occurs. As the traditional classroom evolves into an environment rich in technology, educators are looking for guidance on how to choose the best educational technology (edtech) solutions.
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In today’s job market, jobs that do not require a college degree are on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook, many of the fastest-growing jobs through 2024 will be in CTE fields. In fact, many high-demand careers require certifications instead. This is great news for high school students who want options other than going straight into post-secondary education.
Today, the ACT® exam is one of the nation’s leading college entry exams. Built to determine students’ academic readiness for the next step in their academic careers, it’s often taken by high school juniors and seniors. In recent years, however, the ACT exam has also taken a more prominent role in high school accountability plans in a handful of states (and the list is growing). And, while it’s no secret there are a lot of options when it comes to preparing for this nationally recognized exam, navigating the appropriate plan for preparation can be challenging.
As is true of all niches within education, there’s no shortage of buzzwords, acronyms, and definitions related to Career and Technical Education (CTE) for administrators and instructors to keep straight. In honor of CTE Month, we’ve rounded up the most important terms in the field today to help you stay on top of the latest trends.
Nationally, about 7 million students miss at least 15 days of school per year This equates to about one in every seven students. The reality for these chronically absent students is tough. Missing so many days of school can have negative impacts, such as falling behind, failing classes, and not graduating.