Aug 8, 2017 6:07 PM
A recent article in The Eagle-Tribune discussed a summer program where Haverhill teachers participated in an AP course "Summer Institute."
"Five teachers from Haverhill High School ... spent the last few days at a weeklong program at Bridgewater State University, where they spent time with instructors and hundreds of fellow teachers from various states and foreign countries, honing their teaching skills specifically for Advanced Placement courses.
"The Summer Institute program is put on each year by Mass Insight Education, a national nonprofit that aims to improve school systems and student achievement through district restructuring and academic rigor. It runs two sessions, one week long each, and this year will see a total of 520 participants from 39 states and 10 foreign countries. "
The article continued, "Teaching an AP course requires different skills from teachers than an average high school course. Darshan Thakkar, the chief academic officer for Haverhill schools, said teachers need to impart more than the course material — they must teach students to synthesize information from various sources, then analyze that information and articulate their own argument about that information. "
Jul 24, 2017 10:05 AM
An article by eSchool News discusses the importance of writing to improve student learning in all disciplines, not just to prove students are learning.
"Simply put, writing is our critical thinking made visible.
"Through the process of writing, writers put nascent thoughts into comprehensible language for others to read. In their pursuit of self-expression, they often find themselves challenged to find new words or motivated to develop academic vocabulary.
"Because it is a critical thinking process, writing isn’t merely an act of jotting down what you have in your head. Once the initial thoughts in your head start to flow, you naturally begin iterating on them."
Jun 15, 2017 6:11 PM
The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University offers a free webcast, Solutions to the Dropout Crisis. The free program does not require any registration, and it airs the second Tuesday of every month at 3:30 PM EST. The show covers a variety of topics related to dropout prevention. As of the date of this post, there are 87 past episodes available for viewing on demand. The most recent episode discusses student engagement.