Student Learning: The path to student success

Kids in classroomFrom pre-k through their post-secondary years, Pennsylvania’s students learn in some of the finest public schools in the nation. Educators are well-trained and highly motivated. Curriculum is strong, and achievement – measured by multiple indicators – is high and growing higher. Partners for Public Education brings you stories of innovative teaching and learning in our schools and the difference it is making in the lives of students across Pennsylvania.

Below is an archive of Partners for Public Education web posts about student learning.

   


Story Archive

Read Across America with Partners for Public Education

April 2017

Students celebrated Read Across America last month with some mustache and silly expression bookmarks from Partners for Public Education.

 
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PA schools among the best in the nation

April 2017

If you want evidence that funding public schools is a good investment, consider this: Pennsylvania public schools are among the best in the nation, according to objective measures and respected research organizations.

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They can change the world

April 2017

Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Michael Soskil believes that educators have a responsibility to empower students. Soskil's story is featured in one of four new digital ads produced by PSEA highlighting how educators and support professionals are bringing the power of a great education to students in our public schools.

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In their own words: PA educators talk about how they challenge students

February 2017

Every day, educators across the commonwealth challenge students to achieve new goals. We asked some of them about the ways that their students are challenged at school. Here's what they had to say.

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School spotlight: Challenging students to learn Spanish at an early age

February 2017

The Southern Lehigh School District launched the Spanish Immersion Program at Liberty Bell Elementary School in 1989 — the first program of its kind in Pennsylvania.

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Challenging students to do their best

February 2017

In this issue of Partners Post, we look at how educators are challenging students to prepare them to be successful in their future endeavors.

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Refusing to go to school: How one school counselor helped

January 2017

When anxiety is affecting a student's ability to go to school, the first step for a school counselor is to build a relationship.

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In their own words: How school professionals can help kids with anxiety

January 2017

We asked experts who work in Pennsylvania's public schools how school professionals can help children with anxiety.

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The professionals in your school are here to help kids with anxiety

January 2017

There are several professionals who can help, including school counselors, school nurses, school social workers, school psychologists, administrators, and teachers.

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Talk to your kids about online threats

December 2016

The digital world is teeming with opportunities to learn in new ways and connect with friends. It can also be a dangerous place for kids and teens in the age of cyber bullying.

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Not all screen time is created equally

December 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics has developed new tools and recommendations to help parents navigate the digital world.

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Keeping students motivated in a digital world

December 2016

When technology is used as a learning tool, many of the needs that American psychiatrist William Glasser identified as motivators for human behavior are met in one way or another, educators say.

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Technology as equalizer?

December 2016

Technology can be a great equalizer when it comes to education, educators and experts say. Kids living in rural areas can access the same online resources as kids living in the big cities or suburbs.

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Change technology, change the world

December 2016

Every December, school kids in Pennsylvania and beyond participate in the Hour of Code, a global education event that is a part of Computer Science Education Week.

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Connecting at school and at home

December 2016

More and more schools across the nation are connecting with parents and students online.

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Celebrating the men and women who help our children succeed

November 2016

Across Pennsylvania, tens of thousands of education support professionals — classroom aides, office staffs, cafeteria employees, bus drivers, building maintenance staffs, and many others — work to make our schools run smoothly.

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Not your everyday P.E. class

November 2016

For some students with autism or intellectual disabilities, physical education class can be intimidating. Educators and students at Biglerville High School have found a way to provide a safe and welcoming P.E. experience for everyone.

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Actively engaging students in learning

November 2016

Every day, educators and support professionals in our public schools work to ensure that each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.

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Celebrating our public schools

November 2016

Every November, we celebrate American Education Week — a week when millions take time to honor those who make a difference in the lives of our children.

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Let's elect leaders who will be the change

October 2016

There is a lot at stake in the November election. Please take a moment to learn about the candidates and their views on public education policies.

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Educating the whole student

September 2016

School is a lot more than just academic achievement. That's why the nonprofit organization ASCD, formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, partnered with thousands of educators, support professionals, and advocates around the world to develop a way of talking about education that emphasizes the needs of the "whole" student.

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Meet the new teacher

August 2016

Pennsylvania school professionals suggest questions you may want to ask during parent-teacher meetings this fall.

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The most wonderful time of the year

August 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year. That's right. Back to school.

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Celebrate the great things happening in PA schools

July 2016

Just how good are Pennsylvania educators? The commonwealth is home to the last two winners of the Milken Family Foundation's Educator Award, a national honor known as the "Oscar of teaching."

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FridayPhoto: I mustache you what you're reading?

March 2016

Seventh-grade students at Palisades Middle School in Bucks County

Seventh-grade students at Palisades Middle School in Bucks County sport mustachioed bookmarks from Partners for Public Education while celebrating the value of good books during Read Across America Week in early March.

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Learning Lessons from PA classrooms hits the small screen

February 2016

The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) has partnered with the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) to produce a television program that highlights the great things that educators and support professionals are doing in our schools every day to help students learn and grow.

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PA Business Week introduces students to the American economy

February 2016 

During Pennsylvania Business Week, teams of students form and manage companies using financial simulation software that allows them to price their products and compete with each other virtually. Students name their companies and products, overseeing everything from production to marketing.

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Give your young readers a book they will love this holiday season

December 2015  

With the holidays coming up, you may be looking for a few good books to give your young reader. To help you out, Partners for Public Education asked Pennsylvania educators to offer reading tips and book recommendations for children in preschool and elementary school. Check out Partners' new handouts below to hear what those educators suggest.

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No longer an option, digital learning a moral and societal imperative

December 2015 

As a society, I believe we have reached a "tipping point" in which teaching and learning with technology is no longer an option. In fact, I am not sure we can even separate the two any longer. It is an absolute necessity, a moral and societal imperative.

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Strengthening the link between technology and student achievement

December 2015 

Technology in the classroom is nothing new for science teacher Steve Rhoades, a 22-year veteran of the Wilson School District in Berks County. Long an acolyte of digital learning, Rhoades has found that students are often more engaged when classrooms go online.  

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Finding the best learning apps for children

December 2015 

Most experts agree that children tend to be more engaged and interested when technology is an integral part of their learning. Go into many schools across Pennsylvania, and you will see just how much technology is a part of the learning experience. At home, kids also love to log in to their tablets, laptops, and gaming devices. Parents and other caring adults can help children find games and apps that are educational.  

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'Little Free Libraries' coming to Bucks County

November 2015 

 If all goes as planned, four "Little Free Libraries" are coming to Bucks County this spring. What are "Little Free Libraries"? They are just that — small street-corner library boxes where children can borrow books.

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Teen Reading Lounges inspire reading and creativity at local libraries

November 2015 

An innovative after-school program helps students across Pennsylvania build community, explore creativity, and cultivate a love of reading at their local libraries.  

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Friday Photo: 'Stache this in your favorite book

November 2015

A student from the Hermitage Area School District in Mercer County sports one of Partners' new bookmarks that doubles as a pretend mustache.

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Partner Spotlight: Reading receives an active boost in Armstrong School District

September 2015 

For students at West Hills Primary School in the Armstrong School District, reading and exercise go hand in hand. Students at the western Pennsylvania school can enjoy a book while participating in physical activity, thanks to the StoryWalk Fitness Trail.

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Making a difference one book at a time

September 2015 

Every baby born at UPMC Altoona Regional Hospital or Nason Hospital in Roaring Spring goes home with a brand new book. It's part of an effort known as "Books for Babies" spearheaded by educators and support professionals in Blair County.

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Participate in a book drive and give the gift of a bedtime story

September 2015 

Researchers have found a wide disparity between the literacy skills of children from low-income homes and those from wealthier families in large part because too many poorer families have no books.

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Celebrate National Literacy Month

September 2015 

One of the best ways to prepare young children for school and to nurture a lifelong love of reading is to make sure they have access to quality books before they even enter a classroom.

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School districts vow to invest additional state funding in the classroom

June 2015

School districts across Pennsylvania plan to use additional state funding in next year's budget to support high-quality early childhood education, reduce class sizes, and hire back teachers and other staff who were laid off as a result of budget cuts.

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March is 'Music in Our Schools' Month

March 2015 

Upper Merion Area High School senior Kaitlyn Lutz started playing the violin when she was 3 years old. Once she started elementary school, her school's music program turned her early interest into a lifelong passion. "If I didn't have music, I'd feel lost," Kaitlyn said.

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Music and arts enhance learning for students

March 2015 

Music and the arts are a critical part of a well-rounded education. Not only do the arts introduce creativity and innovative thinking into day-to-day learning, they also have been found to increase students' social and emotional skills and competencies, including teamwork, confidence, communication, and leadership.

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Quick hits: Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday, encourage reading, Partners resources

February 2015 

Every March, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers across the country bring together children and adults to celebrate the joys of reading just in time for Dr. Seuss' birthday.

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How much screen time should your child have?

December 2014 

Children today have seemingly unending choices when it comes to media. As the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) notes, many children and teens have few rules guiding their use of media and, as a result, are spending way too much time staring at screens.

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Migrating the digital divide with our children

December 2014 

"What century are you teaching in?" This question was posed by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, author and internationally recognized education expert, speaking at a professional learning session I attended. She asks this question to point out that a great many of the classrooms of today look eerily similar to those of our own and even our parents' childhoods.

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Computer Science Education Week opens new pathways to careers

December 2014 

Women hold only 27 percent of computer science jobs, down from 30 percent a decade ago, and fewer women are pursuing computer science degrees in college.  Now there is a concerted effort to encourage girls to benefit from computer science coursework.

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Education in the digital age

December 2014 

The digital age also has brought with it numerous opportunities for young people to learn and has opened the door to new careers in science and technology.

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Partner Resources: Helping your child become a better reader

November 2014

Teachers and parents partner to instill a love of reading and writing and to make good reading practices a part of everyday life. Here are a few easy and enjoyable suggestions for parents:

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High school coffee shop prepares students with special needs for real world

November 2014

There's nothing like that first cup of coffee in the morning. For the students and teachers of Stroudsburg High School, that cup comes with a friendly smile — and a lot of learning.

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Celebrating American Education Week

November 2014 

American Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate public education and to honor those who make a difference every day in the lives of millions of children.

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Preparing your child for kindergarten

July 2014 

If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten this year, you no doubt have high expectations, as well as some stress and uncertainty for the new experience. 

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