Why Is Arts Education Important? Here Are 3 Benefits Of Arts Education For Students
Some parents, teachers and students look down on arts education as something unimportant, especially when compared to academic subjects such as language, math and science. However, the value of arts education should not be underestimated because it can actually provide several benefits for the students.

The Education Fund shared some of the benefits of arts education for students. Hopefully, this list can help everyone have a better appreciation and understanding of arts education.

1. Arts Education Improves School Performance
One of the biggest benefits of arts education for students is that it can actually improve their learning skills, school attendance, critical thinking skills and creativity. All of these are essential for a successful academic performance. "In fact, several recent studies have concluded that the creativity and innovation utilized in the artistic process will be highly valued by employers in the United States in the coming years as we continue to shift into a global economy," The Education Fund shares.    >>READ MORE 
School Buses add WiFi to Bring Internet to Homes of Poor Students
Near the shore of the murky Salton Sea in this southern California desert, a bus drives up to West Shores High School each day with a critical connection: A Wi-Fi router mounted behind an interior mirror, providing Internet access for students whose homes aren't wired.

At night, the bus driver parks on a sand driveway in a trailer park. There, the hotspot is available to students as long as the battery lasts. On most nights, it fades after one hour.

"I had kids sitting outside my office yesterday because they want to connect to the Internet at, like, 6 o'clock at night," said Darryl Adams, superintendent of schools of the Coachella Valley Unified District.

Unlike the wired and wealthy Silicon Valley in northern California, many homes in the former resort town, about 65 miles north of the Mexican border do not have high-speed Internet. The school bus Wi-Fi program the district started this fall is one example of how a poor and underserved community is trying to help students get better connected.  >>READ MORE
Nine Greater Cleveland school districts among best in music education
Nine public school districts in Greater Cleveland are among the best in the nation when it comes to music education.

Districts in Avon Lake, Bay Village, Beachwood, Berea, Cuyahoga Heights, Mayfield, Olmsted Falls, Solon and Strongsville earned the designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

The NAMM Foundation recognized more than 470 school districts, including 32 in Ohio, as Best Communities for Music Education in 2016. Click here to see the entire list.

It was the third straight year that the NAMM Foundation honored Strongsville for its music programs.

"I am very proud to be a part of the Strongsville music department," Chris Chidsey, band director and assistant marching band director, respectively, at Center Middle and Strongsville High schools, said in a press release.

"The things I have always loved about teaching here is that all areas of music are equally accomplished, we have great parent and community support, and that music teachers in our district collaborate to help students succeed," Chidsey said.  >>READ MORE
April is national autism awareness month
Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. This year we want to go beyond simply promoting autism awareness to encouraging friends and collaborators to become partners in movement toward acceptance and appreciation.

Let's embrace a new perspective. For over 50 years we have worked in communities (both large and small) to ensure our actions, through our services and programming, supported all individuals living with autism. Let's expand this work to focus on the rest of us - ensuring acceptance and inclusion in schools and communities that results in true appreciation of the unique aspects of all people. We want to get one step closer to a society where those with ASDs are truly valued for their unique talents and gifts.   >>READ MORE
19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies
The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times." That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of my students, most of whom lived in poverty and challenged me daily. That year also afforded me the opportunity to be assaulted with a stone, two chairs, a Rambo knife, a seventh-grade girl's weak jab, and dozens of creative swear words. Fortunately, classroom order improved when I learned that successful classroom management depends on conscientiously executing a few big strategies and a lot of little ones.

Big Strategies: Fundamental Principles of Classroom Management

1. Follow the first step of hypnosis.
A hypnotist's first induction technique often involves directing subjects to focus on something they're already doing. "Feel your eyes getting tired" is a good opening, because everybody's eyes feel tired all the time, but we don't notice until someone points it out.

Teachers, like hypnotists, can string along a series of requests by asking students to do something most are already doing, then waiting for 100-percent compliance, and finally issuing another directive, etc. It's better for teachers to say, "Point your eyes toward me" and wait for compliance, instead of saying, "Stop talking, turn around, turn to page 237, take out a pencil, and head your paper with 'Geology Frame.'"  >>READ MORE
Frivolous fat Frannie fried fresh fish furiously. 

There was a writer called Wright,
he taught his son to write Wright right:
"It's not right to write Wright 'Rite',
please try to write Wright right!" 

While we were walking, we were watching window washers wash Washington's windows with warm washing water.

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Changing times require a change in learning.

"We have to be changing the way that we teach and the way that our students learn and the opportunities that they're being given to ensure that they're not just career and college ready, but also really life-ready," said Beth Sanders, the coordinator of Technology Integration and Innovation for Enterprise City Schools.

Enterprise city schools started an initiative called the Technology Innovation Experience, creating digital leaders throughout the district. A $19,449.00 grant through the Southeast Alabama Gas District's Give Back to Schools initiative will help fund the project. >>READ MORE
Honeywell And NASA Put STEM Education In 'Motion' For Arizona Middle Schools
Honeywell and NASA are proud to support their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program with the award-winning, hip-hop educational experience FMA Live! Forces in Motion. The program made its return to the West Coast this month with plans to visit seven states and perform at 40 public, private and military-connected middle schools.  >>READ MORE 
King Calls for Reauthorization of Perkins Act for Career and Technical Education
Acting U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. today called on Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides more than $1.1 billion for the nation's career and technical education programs in grades 7-12 and also in post-secondary institutions.


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