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How U.S. schools are providing green education

When you think about going green, you might visualize recycling, planting an organic garden or reducing energy use at home. But did you know that heightened environmental awareness in the United States has inspired a movement in K–12 schools?

What it takes to become a special education teacher

Working in special education requires more than a bachelor’s degree and state certification and licensing. You’ll also need creativity, flexibility and a kind of patience that’s rare even among the most professional teachers, according to Yinka Dallas, an educational specialist and online instructor in the special education program for University of Phoenix....

Is learning cursive writing still necessary?

If you ask kids why a cursive “Q” looks like a “2,” or where exactly you start when writing a cursive “G,” they likely won’t be able to tell you. According to a 2013 article in USA Today, at least 41 states have dropped cursive writing from their curricula because Common Core State Standards don’t emphasize it....

Why consider a career in a STEM field?

You may have heard the term “STEM” in the news and in conversations about job growth or new opportunities for employment. But what exactly does it mean?

The acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and math, explains ...

How teachers can use social media in the classroom

If you’re a teacher, you’re likely always looking for ways to get your students excited about learning. One innovative method is through social media. But while some teachers already use Tweets, status updates and text messages in their lessons, you may be unsure how to employ these tools in an engaging way....

How to teach your students to be better writers

Know the old saying that “good writers are born, not made”? In classrooms from kindergarten through senior high, instructors prove that’s not necessarily the case.

“Even if you’re not a born Hemingway, there are so many ways you can improve ...

How to improve financial literacy in kids

You might not think a second-grade classroom would be the best place to teach money management. But that’s exactly where University of Phoenix doctoral student David Lockett is pioneering financial literacy for children.

Lockett’s home state of Tennessee launched a statewide initiative in 2010 to ...

What can an associate degree do for you?

Earning a college degree doesn’t have to take four years. You can finish an associate degree in as little as two years and gain the skills to help increase your job opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How to use cellphones for learning

Mobile devices are taking over the classroom — in a good way.

For years, educators have regarded cellphones and tablets as distractions for their students. But lately, instructors have discovered smart new ways the devices can enhance teaching, as well as learning....

Considering a career as a teacher? Here are 5 things you can expect from University of Phoenix

If you’ve dreamed of a career as a teacher, you’ll need to take specific steps to make your dream a reality.

Here, Becky Lodewyck, associate dean of the University of Phoenix College of Education, who holds a doctorate in education, describes five things you ...

How teachers can advocate for their students

Teaching doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Effective educators reach out to their peers when developing lesson plans to best serve their students.

“Teacher leaders … work with other teachers as they share some of the great things that are going on in their classrooms,” says Clara Taylor, Doctor of ...

What is a teacher leader?

Teacher mentors. Curriculum specialists. Staff development leaders. Instructional coaches. New ways to define teacher leaders seem to pop up faster than you can say “Mr. Kotter.”

Although the descriptors may be different, teacher leaders share a defining ...

How parents can prepare kids for Common Core

“Common Core bumps [education] up a notch for both students and parents, and it’s going to take collaboration between teachers and the community to succeed,” says Lesa Lindberg, EdD, a middle school assistant principal who teaches general education courses at the University of Phoenix Little Rock Campus....

7 ways to successfully flip a classroom

Flipped teaching — in which students do teacher-prepared video lessons at home and then use class time to apply what they learned — is becoming increasingly popular across the country.

“I was hesitant at first about flipped teaching because it seemed like we ...

Why get a doctorate?

Think earning a doctorate means becoming a college professor? “This is a common myth,” says Ruby Rouse, PhD, a marketing consultant and an instructor in the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies (SAS).

“People think there is only one flavor of a doctorate — a PhD,” which trains ...

5 ways Common Core standards affect education

If you have kids in school, you might have found yourself scratching your head this year over some of their homework. You aren’t alone.

But there’s a reason those math and English assignments are different than before: The Common Core State Standards Initiative revises the academic ...

5 ways IEPs are changing teaching

Today’s teachers are increasingly being asked to tailor their lessons for kids with special needs, and part of that often means implementing individualized education programs (IEPs). In fact, IEPs are so common that a teacher might oversee as many as five in a class of 25 students.

5 ways teachers can build self-esteem in kids

Just because a teacher is great at instructing kids in reading, writing and arithmetic doesn’t mean the teaching job is done.

Grade-school teachers play a huge role in building children’s self-esteem, explains Connie Lorthridge, assistant dean for the University of Phoenix ...

In these classes, students don’t get in trouble if they write on the desks, walls and windows

When you think of a typical college class, you likely picture a setting in which students focus on an instructor at the front of the room and have little opportunity to engage with the material they’re supposed to learn. At University of Phoenix, however, Classrooms Without Boundaries (CWOB) offer an interactive alternative....

How to bring Common Core into the classroom

If you’re a teacher who’s anxious about requirements of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, don’t be, says R. Lewis Cordell, an instructor in the education program at the University of Phoenix San Diego Campus.

“The ‘core’ of Common Core is an age-old strategy — that students need to be ...

How U.S. education is changing

The United States is falling behind in education — in November 2012, the country ranked No. 17 out of 40 on a list of developed nations with the best educational systems. As other countries champion academics and Americans find themselves competing globally for jobs, policymakers are calling for educational reform....

How to capitalize on classroom technology

There are numerous ways to revolutionize your classroom with technology. And while the latest digital toys can be expensive, innovative teachers are finding ways to bring the information age into schools without breaking the piggy bank, says R. Lewis Cordell, an education program instructor at the University of Phoenix San Diego Campus and a middle school teacher....

How to start thinking about education expenses

A college degree is an investment. Yet Americans now owe more on their student loans than they do on credit cards — and 11 percent of that debt is in some form of delinquency, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Having their own savings accounts increases the odds your kids will go to college, study says

Want to instill college aspirations in your kids? Opening savings accounts in their names — even if they don’t have much money in them — will help.

That’s a key finding of a research paper on the so-called “assets effect,” according to a 2012 article in Washington Monthly magazine. Children with ...

5 ways teachers can network for jobs

If you’re looking to land your first teaching job or move from your current position to one in a more desirable school district, it’s not enough to hone your interview skills, says Alfonso Alva, an instructor in the master’s in education programs at the University of Phoenix Main Campus.