Tool to Build Meaningful Connections Between Teachers and Students
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative brings together educators, researchers, and product developers to build tools for educators that enable them to differentiate learning experiences equitably and foster strong connections with their students. One of these tools is the AlongTeacher–Student Connection Builder that helps teachers develop meaningful connections with their students so that every student feels seen and known.
Designed in response to educators’ needs, and with support of researchers and practitioners, Along lets teachers and students check in, one on one, via quick videos, audio, or text messages, enabling students to open up about who they are and what is really on their minds, away from the pressures of their peers. Along is provided at nocost by Gradient Learning, a nonprofit organization founded and led by educators.
According to the World Health Organization, the volume of a classroom should be less than 35 decibels for good learning conditions. But today’s classrooms are much noisier. The average classroom today can be as loud as 77 decibels – that’s equivalent to the sound of a vacuum cleaner!
Don’t miss the latest research from Logitech on how the right edtech can impact student engagement and classroom outcomes. More than 1,000 educators, as well as school and district administrators, were surveyed about current edtech setups and challenges. Readabout how student engagement, focus, and stamina can improve when physical comfort with technology is considered ... and learn what happens when it isn’t. This is a must-read for all who manage and interact with edtech hardware.
For nearly 40 years, the National Science Foundation, on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, has honored STEM teachers nationwide for both their deep content knowledge and their ability to motivate students. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government for K–12 STEM educators in public, private, and charter schools. PAEMSTawardees, of which there are up to two per state and jurisdiction honored each year, receive a certificate signed by the President; a $10,000 award; a paid trip to Washington, DC; and access to a nationwide cadre of award-winning teachers.
The award alternates yearly between K–6 and 7–12 grades. This Academic Year 2022–2023, members of the public can nominate a teacher at the 7–12 level. Teachers may also directly apply themselves. Nominations are due by January 9, 2023, and applications are due by February 6, 2023. Learn more at www.paemst.org.