In the United States, around 3 million students graduate from high school each year. About 67% of them, or around 2 million students, enroll in college the following fall. Whether a student is one in over 2 million applying to colleges or one in over a million applying for jobs, life beyond high school is incredibly competitive. Throughout the application process students often feel an immense amount of pressure and stress. Here are several ways you can help students explore their interests and stand out from the crowd throughout high school and thus reduce their overall anxiety when considering their future college or career.
State testing season causes many emotions for teachers and students alike. For teachers—it can feel like the measure of one’s success comes down to the state assessment. For students—it can feel like the decision regarding promotion or retention hinges on the results of the state assessment.
Education is meant to be the great equalizer for society, but reality shows continued disparity in terms of educational outcomes along the lines of race and income. The achievement gap, the opportunity gap, the academic gap—these all refer to a systemic difference in educational performance for students of color compared to their white peers or for students in poverty compared to students in more affluent communities. There is something wrong with a system that continues to replicate an outcome of inequity.
At any moment of the day, a variety of stimuli are vying for our students’ attention. Video games. Instagram. Snapchat. Twitter. Texting. Facetime. The list goes on and on. Thus, in order for a kid to choose a book over all the other competing options, we must cultivate a culture of reading. Reading must be equally as “cool” as Fortnite. Period. Here are three tips for cultivating a culture of reading in your classrooms and schools.
With the start of 2019 comes New Year’s Resolutions, the annual January hashtags (i.e., #NewYearNewMe), and a searching for what will bring about the change that so many seek. For leaders in education, we often find ourselves asking, “What platform, curriculum, or teaching strategy will revolutionize our school’s data or our day-to-day operations?”
Every May the U.S. celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week. At Edcite we appreciate teachers every day, but we use this week to shout it from the