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Kankakee, ILKankakee Daily Journal

Board questions teacher resignations from Kankakee High School

KANKAKEE — The volume of recent teacher resignations in Kankakee School District 111 prompted questions from the school board about the reasons they are leaving, particularly from Kankakee High School. Resignations approved during June and July board meetings have included 17 high school teachers and one high school guidance counselor,...
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Clemson, SCSCNow

Middle school teachers to learn about today’s agriculture during Clemson’s SOCIAL Studies Academy

CLEMSON, S.C. – Teachers participating in Clemson’s SOCIAL Studies Academy will learn how drones and other technologies are common tools used in today’s agriculture. Dale Layfield, a Clemson University agricultural education associate professor, has received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) to provide a summer 2022 professional development opportunity for eighth-grade social studies teachers that will introduce them to agricultural occupations, culture and innovations. The teachers can bring what they learn back to their classrooms and train their students to work in the agriculture field.
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Traetow ready for new role

FAIRMONT — Andy Traetow has held several positions at Fairmont Area Schools and is about to take on one more: Superintendent. Traetow officially assumes the new position on Monday. Traetow was born and raised in South Dakota but graduated from Jackson County Central in 1999. From there he went to...

Teachers are feeling burned out. Artificial intelligence can help.

Educators are at the ends of their ropes. So suggests a fall 2020 survey by RAND Corp., which found that a quarter of all teachers were thinking about leaving education. Remote learning and COVID-19 are partly to blame: More than half (57 percent) of teachers said they worked more hours per week during the pandemic than they did before it, according to RAND, and 80 percent reported feelings of burnout as a result. Even before COVID-19, however, former public-school teachers were struggling, and reported finding better pay, better work/life balance, more resources and a more manageable workload in jobs outside of education.
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Montana Free Press

Rural Montana schools are understaffed. Licensing obstacles are making it worse.

Maggie Anderson teaches sixth grade at Greenfield School in Fairfield. Her principal, Paul Wilson, thinks she does a great job and is happy to have her. But just a short time ago Anderson, a Vermont native who found a new home among the windswept grainfields of Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, had been inadvertently costing the school money and potentially harming its reputation.
Chattanooga, TNFrederick News-Post

Forest school community growing, seeing increased interest

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Rachel and Jeremy Thacker’s son Teagan did well in traditional school but had a lot of energy and often fidgeted in class. After switching to the forest school model at Wauhatchie School for his third-grade year, his parents said he thrived. But a new concern arose: Teagan was about to age out of the program at the end of the school year, and the family was nervous about his possible return to traditional school. Nature Kin Farm and Forest School, a new school founded by Wauhatchie’s founder and former director Jean Lomino, will open to children aged 9-11 in August. After hearing about the new school, Rachel Thacker said her son was relieved. The school, along with other outdoor programs, have expanded in locations and enrollment amid the pandemic. Ahead of the new school year, more nature-based education programs are available for families in the Chattanooga region. Growing interest The Farm and Forest School is just one project Lomino is working on this summer. Another project, Nature Kin Pocket Forest Schools, will be an online membership program with a goal of expanding forest school education to parents, groups of families and traditional schools in any location, like a neighborhood or family’s backyard. “Many parents now, for sure last year, stayed home with their children and learned first-hand what it was like for children to be learning online, and I think a lot of them realized how much their children needed the outside. There was much more outdoor experiences with family,” Lomino said. “So what I’m doing is taking that idea and just expanding it a little bit, providing training for parents who want to take their children outside more and helping parents become more confident and helping them understand the benefit for their children.” While the popularity of forest schools has grown recently in the United States, Lomino said forest schools are not a new concept. The school model originated in Europe in the 1950s and features student-directed learning for extended periods of time in an outdoor setting, regardless of weather. There are no licensing procedures for forest schools in most of the United States, Lomino said, so they typically operate as homeschool tutorials where parents register students at an accredited umbrella school. Lomino said Wauhatchie School has seen increased enrollment since 2019. For the 2019-20 school year, enrollment reached 123 students across the four locations. Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year increased to 160 students and is approaching 200 students for the upcoming school year. The Thacker family learned about forest schools through social media and originally had their children enrolled in private school. When the pandemic sent students home, the parents said they noticed their children doing well with remote learning since they did not have to sit in one place all day. “We had considered the forest school aspect, but it was never real until we were kind of forced into it by the pandemic, so the pandemic kind of opened our eyes to say ‘hey, there are other options, if you’re going to be doing this, why don’t you do it your way?’” Jeremy Thacker said. “So we started looking, and then in the fall of 2020, we put our three children into the Wauhatchie School.” Marisa Ogles enrolled her son in Wauhatchie School’s forest kindergarten to start this August. She said she learned about the forest school from people at work and thought it sounded like a good opportunity. Wauhatchie School and River Gorge Forest School include an application process and charge tuition on their websites, which could be a barrier to entry for underserved communities or lower-income families interested in the format. Both Lomino and Jeremy Thacker said they hope the model expands to more public schools so there is greater access to outdoor education at no cost, and Lomino said the Pocket Forest Schools are a way to make it more accessible. “That’s why I want so badly to provide this training for public school teachers because only people who can afford it, basically, are able to attend. Most forest schools now, they’re mostly private,” Lomino said. “So that’s my dream is to make sure that it’s accessible for every child.” Forest kindergartens and other outdoor education models exist in a handful of Chattanooga-area public schools, too. Lomino said the forest kindergarten at Gilbert Elementary School in Georgia’a Walker County, which started in 2015, is one of the models she has seen. In Hamilton County, Red Bank Elementary School started a forest kindergarten program in 2016, which was the first of its kind for the school district.

Morenci begins 2021-22 school year

MORENCI – The end of the summer break is upon us as Wednesday, July 28, marked the start of classes for the Morenci School District’s 2021-22 school year. The forests are the halls of Metcalf Elementary School, Fairbanks Middle School, and Morenci High School, which had talkative students scurrying between classes once again.

Teachers get free admission to COSI

COSI, Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center supports our educators! Teachers get free admission to COSI, and receive a discounted rate on educator Family memberships for $149. Family membership includes two named adults and dependent children or grandchildren 18 and under. COSI is FULL of fun for all ages, featuring classic...
Craven County, NCnewbernnow.com

Underhill Scholarship Awarded to Poe Tha Dah

Poe Tha Dah is the recipient of the Alice G. Underhill Scholarship, awarded annually by the Democratic Women of Craven County. Ms. Dah recently graduated with honors from Craven Early College while also earning an Associate in Arts from Craven Community College. She was active in the Student Union, the National Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and Junior Civitan and served as a student ambassador. She will enter the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in the fall.
Arizona Stateyourvalley.net

Cheesman named candidate for 2022 Arizona Teacher of the Year

Zuni Hills Elementary science teacher Jennifer Cheesman has been named one of 10 candidates for the 2022 Arizona Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year Award. The educator ultimately selected as Arizona Teacher of the Year becomes the state’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year. AEF’s prestigious annual Teacher of...