President Obama’s most recent State of the Union address highlighted the crisis in American education: Budget cuts, conflicts between teaching staff and the administration, and byzantine structural problems remain some of the biggest challenges in revamping our public schools. Fixing these issues requires the collaboration of teachers, parents and policymakers at the local, state and national levels.
But inside the classroom, it’s a slightly different story. The challenges are still there — trying to improve passing rates, preparation for the SATs, getting students interested in science and technology — but teachers throughout the country are coming up with their own innovative ways to help their students.
We want to hear more ideas. If you’re an educator and you have one practical idea that can be implemented in a classroom to help students, then take part in our Education Ideas project. Upload a video that discusses your idea to our YouTube channel, and we’ll pick some of the best ones to showcase on our website, and possibly our national broadcast.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Use a digital camera or video recorder to make a video that discusses your idea. Please don’t use any copyrighted content or images of students without parental consent!
2. Log in to your YouTube account (if you don’t have one, you can create one here) and upload your video.
2. Go to the Need to Know Education Ideas video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVeN7MFVnmg
3. Click on the comments field. A button should appear that says “Attach a response video.” Follow the instructions from there.
Looking for inspiration? Take a look at some of the ideas that have already been submitted:
Learn from successful schools
Pedro Noguera, sociology professor at New York University
Invest in parents
Zakiyah Ansari, parent leader with the New York City Coalition for Educational Justice
Study the brain
Sue Szachowiczk, principal of Brockton High School in Brockton, Mass.
Need more ideas? Watch the preview for our hour-long episode on successes in teaching, airing Friday, February 11. Then share your ideas with us and help inspire other educators.