Puerto Rico’s First Charter School
School Shooting Simulator
Puerto Rico, The Forgotten School System
Gender - Definitions and Terminology
'A Symbol of Emotional Healing' for School Shooting Survivors
What Is Formative Assessment?
Social-Emotional Learning, Explained
As Puerto Rico's Schools Continue Recovery, Controversy Ramps Up
Puerto Rico’s First Charter SchoolCharter schools were illegal in Puerto Rico, until now. ‘Vimenti’ is run by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico and has a comprehensive approach to education. In addition to rigorous academics, the school also does health screenings and even trains students’ parents for jobs. Teachers in this school make more than other public school teachers in Puerto Rico. But the government has faced a lot of opposition in allowing charter schools to operate on the island. Both teachers’ unions and many residents say this “privatizes” public education.
School Shooting SimulatorThe computer simulation—which looks similar to a video game—allows teachers, administrators, and police to train for crisis events in schools, including shootings. The simulation—which puts users in a virtual setting that is modeled on a middle school building—is designed to help educators and first responders test their in-person training for how to respond to shootings and other emergencies. The Department of Homeland Security will offer the program free to schools starting Nov. 1
Puerto Rico, The Forgotten School SystemIn the year since Hurricane Maria, Education Week has been following the story of Puerto Rico’s devastation and the island’s slow rebuilding as seen through the eyes of educators and students. The school system was until recently the third-largest in the U.S. and just this year closed more than 250 schools. But that’s only part of the story. To understand the current context, it’s important to understand Puerto Rico’s history. Correspondent Kavitha Cardoza visited some of the hardest-hit schools and shares what she learned.
Gender - Definitions and TerminologyThis video provides a brief introduction to the basic terms and concepts related to the construct of gender.
'A Symbol of Emotional Healing' for School Shooting SurvivorsNational Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kan., where there is also a national memorial to honor educators who have died on the job. The dream catcher was made by Debra Gutowski, a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, to help survivors of the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. heal. It was never supposed to travel. (July 17, 2018)
What Is Formative Assessment?Ask five teachers what formative assessment is and you’re likely to get five different explanations. Confusion abounds around this teaching technique even though it’s widely used in classrooms nationwide. To bring some clarity to the topic, Education Week Associate Editor Catherine Gewertz interviews Meghan Pazmino, a math coach at Ross Elementary School in Washington, who explains what formative assessment is and how it differs from interim or summative assessments.
Social-Emotional Learning, ExplainedWhat is social-emotional learning? How can schools get teachers to understand the concepts and weave them into everyday classroom instruction? And can educators know whether their social-emotional learning strategies are working? Education Week staff writer Evie Blad explains some of the core ideas behind an SEL approach that focuses on essential nonacademic skills such as responsible decisionmaking and relating well to others.
As Puerto Rico's Schools Continue Recovery, Controversy Ramps UpNearly a year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s schools still basic repairs as the 2018-19 school year gets underway . But a policy overhaul championed by Secretary of Education Julia Keleher, focused on school choice and new labor and academic policies, is sharply dividing opinion. (August 22, 2018)
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