LSU School of Education's Kerri Tobin, PhD, discusses homelessness and schools in November's Best Practices. Did you know that nearly 1.3 million schoolchildren in the United States do not have stable housing? This number has increased by 70% over the last ten years. And although there's been a federal law in place since 1987 - the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act - that lays out the responsibilities of schools and educators to protect these students, many educators have not heard of it. Here's what you need to know.
Bullying is real and has become an issue in schools and even in the workplace. What started out with just one school five years ago has grown to numerous schools across East Baton Rouge Parish. Dr. Susan Thornton believes, "With the efforts and exposure to what bullying is as well as some of the ways to combat this ever-growing issue in our schools and community, the assistance from the LSU School of Education and its students will help to address bullying and impact many." This is why it's important that we make students aware early so if they see something, they will say something.
Welcome to a New "School" Year! I consider myself as an eternally optimistic individual. A new school year always has been for me a new start for as long as I can remember. If our work is educating students, no matter the setting, then optimism has to a part of our DNA, if we call ourselves educators. The opportunity to join with and engage others in the learning process has a special place in our society. I make the same resolutions that everyone else makes at the beginning of a new calendar year, and I, hopefully, will keep mine throughout this school year, especially associated with the education of our students in service to Louisiana. Therefore, I wish you and your students well in your new school year.
Freedom of speech and expression are among the most cherished and preferred freedoms of the U.S. Constitution and American society. With little exception, those who study at, work for, or visit public educational institutions are afforded those rights. In March 2019, President Trump issued an executive order that would take away funding from colleges and universities that do no protect free speech. The U.S. Constitution already requires that of public institutions, but this executive order would expand the requirement to private institutions. (The requirements as well as the enforcement mechanisms of that order remain amorphous.)
Experiential learning is a well-established pedagogical framework that provides students opportunities to experience, observe, conceptualize, reflect, and act in real world settings and contexts. It has been implemented widely in education and training as an effective strategy to engage and challenge learners to acquire and practice higher levels of learning (e.g., problem solving, creativity, teamwork), and apply what they learned in a real-world project. Many higher education institutions use experiential learning or variations of it, such as service learning and community-based learning, at the undergraduate level. However, its implementation in online graduate education is still in its infancy. Some people may wonder what "real life" or "real world" looks like in a virtual learning environment and how experiential learning cycles and strategies work in an online graduate program.
The Louisiana administrative code stipulates an arts education licensure requirement for all elementary preservice teachers. The compulsory 'arts' class totaling three semester hours takes on different forms at different colleges and universities across the state. All preservice arts classes for elementary candidates in Louisiana focused around visual arts and/or music, until recently.
You might be wondering why do we need a National Poetry Month? Perhaps it's because most people leave high school hating poetry, having experienced it through English classes and textbooks as a set of riddles to be solved, often with hidden, seemingly inaccessible meanings. Jackie has done research with teachers who struggle with poetry themselves, and Sue has long worked with students and communities in which some are alienated from poetry while others are deeply engaged with the genre. We both believe that engaging with poetry in ways other than just searching for a hidden meaning brings about a life-long love with poetry.
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