March 24, 2017

Teaching Pre-requisites in the United States

Public School Teachers in USA
Did you know America is accepting teachers from all parts of the word? Yes, and the best part is a particular certification is required for the same. With English-as-a-second-language certification,  teachers can easily get into public schools in the USA or into adult  English-as-a-second-language programs. There are regions with proven migrations of refugee communities. People from such communities send their children to public schools and so teachers teaching in such schools are in high demand. Mentioning a few of the places in America accepting English-as-a-second-language teachers are- Florida, California, Illinois, Texas, New York, and other countries. This includes urban as well as rural areas. ESL teaching and other education-based jobs in the USA are drafted under strict employment terms and conditions.

In case of Public Schools- From Pre K–12


As much as teaching is a good job in the USA, but there are ground rules for every benefiting job. In U.S. public schools, teaching positions need a teaching license, issued by the state they want to work in, from the applicant in subjects they prefer to teach. Most will refer to this license as a certificate or certification. But remember, this certificate is way different from certificates like  Trinity, CELTA and others, as they are not applicable for employment in USA public schools.So teachers looking forward to applying in public schools in the United States, should acquire this certificate as a licensure that through the Education Department in the state in which they plan to work. Every state has different academic requirements that the candidates need to meet. At least a Bachelor's degree in education is necessary for licensure, though Master’s degree is what of the states are looking forward to.

Licensure requirements 
About licensure requirements- every teacher needs to show that despite originating from a specific country in which they acquired their education. For those who receive degrees in TESOL or a degree in a related field in one of the United States, may have an plus-point in getting through a U.S. public school. So, if you need a licensure, apply for a university program in TESOL as it is designed in a way that fits best for the state licensure. But if you hold a degree in a field different from TESOL, you have to apply for a coursework in TESOL to be added as a supplement.  If the degree has been obtained outside the USA, you will have to furnish elaborate details of your coursework looking at which the state licensure authorities will evaluate the validity of your certification.


Adult and Higher Education

Adult educational programs offer certain ESL instructions, and these are provided local education institutes that build community-driven programs. The immigrants to the United States may want to learn speaking in English and understand the U.S. culture along side. Such programs are held during the day and during the evenings, and at time during weekends to fit in with the work schedule of adult learners. The majority of ESL teaching positions in adult education are part-time. To teach such learners, state certification is required along with a master's degree in TESOL or a similar field.

Written By: Jennifer Einstein
Written For: K12 Lists

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Sources: tesol.org
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March 15, 2017

4 Misconceptions about Catholic Schools

Right after hearing its name, some tiny fluffy clouds start wandering around our heads. Each of them has its own little mailbox full of “hush-hush” exclamations and whispering explanations about the strange world inside strict restrictive walls of catholic schools. The unending list of myths regarding their nature of providing academic training has always raised the eyebrows of the public schooling system followers. Let’s dig a bit deeper, shall we? Here we are going to discuss 4 major misconceptions about catholic schools, that has no foundation of accuracy beneath it.

Catholic School students in the USA


Only for rich kids

No, not at all!! This is one of the major misconceptions that people have about Catholic Schools. The average education cost of a student is between $6,000 to $8,000 in catholic schools, where in public schools the amount of expenditure ranges between $10,000 to $14,000 and in private school it is $15,000 to $25,000. Besides, you can always talk to the administrators about your family financial issues, they do cooperate. Usually, catholic schools offer school uniform resale every end of the year. Grabbing this opportunity will help you to save a certain amount of your expenditure. When it comes to the fees, again there is enough space for negotiation from your side- you just have to take the initiative.

Only priests and sisters can provide the ideal 'catholic school training'
The nuns and priests are teaching, right? No? Oh my God! What kind of “catholic school” is this?- Well, ladies and gentlemen, please try to draw a line between the mystic path of religion and the hardcore real world of academic learning- you need specialists for that, which means “the teachers”. The priests and sisters can monitor the classrooms and school students, but they can only take the role of “teachers” if they actually have real-life experience or knowledge of teaching.

Students do not learn how to face the "real world" outside
Again, this is wrong! Actually, they have a better understanding of the society and its various inner aspects. From the very beginning of their academic journey, catholic schools always prepare their students to face the obstacles of real outside world and fight with the social inequalities. Consequently, the students not only become able to develop a strong academic foundation standing on which they can confidently proceed their further journey, but also psychologically they become very strong that they can strongly hold their ground with the power of positivity and truthfulness no matter how harsh their surrounding environment becomes.

Just for Catholics
Again, my friend, this is completely wrong! Students from any family and faith background can join catholic schools for their education. It is completely wrong idea that you have to be a “catholic” to get admission into a catholic school.

So, please don’t get tangled in the web of misconceptions. When it comes to choosing an institution for the enriched academic education of your child- these schools will never be a disappointment.

Written by: Linda Martin
Written for: K12 Lists

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Sources: teamwhitaker.org/2016/02/5-myths-about-catholic-schools/;teamwhitaker.org/2014/01/making-catholic-school-affordable-yes-its-possible/;stfinnbarr.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=159530&type=d&pREC_ID=427759
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February 27, 2017

6 Tools and Apps for every student in Secondary Schools for K12 Lists





What makes a secondary school worth studying in for a student? In most cases, what the school offers in terms of education tools or applications that kindle the interest in them to do better in their studies and understand technology even better. The role of classroom technology helps students understand the usage of a new tool that is designed to improve their learning. Education apps may increase in number, but secondary schools need to stick to certain apps and tools that adhere to the secondary school education pattern. Let us walk you through 6 most used education apps and tools in secondary schools:


iLearn

Are you inquisitive about an app which is all game and yet provides some learning? This app includes both game and learning modes; so they can get facts about anything related to their subjects. It can be installed on iPhone. Students can play games answering certain questions, related to the information they receive, against the clock. Thereby, they can score points.

Kahoot 

Want to create mind-blowing quizzes? This app has it all to help teachers with features that help them to create fun quizzes for classroom interaction. This app uses Google Forms, meaning it works online. It is free to install and helps teachers to custom-build quizzes for students as per their grades, for instance, secondary school students.


Spelling City 

Spell check students? Spelling City comes with 25 web-based spelling games. The words can be connected to make a sentence, and also add vocabulary to classroom content. This app also helps to share the class room spelling sessions with parents. Get the version free on iPhone or iPad.


Thinglink

Teachers, do you want your students to name the images they create or download from a source? Then why not help them with Thinglink? This app allows one to include text to images. Alternatively, a video or a website link can be added to the image. So, students, how about making your visual assignment efforts more likable by your teachers?


instaGrok

Student turned Google users can switch to instaGrok for all web related information on education. This search engine furnishes images, videos, and articles, etc. depending on every student’s inquiry, and thereby, develops research abilities. Your students’ research topic search will enhance and become more to-the-point with regular practice.


 Easel.ly

Infographic is the in thing in education now. So, what are you thinking students and teachers? Why not include Easel.ly in your to-use app for studies? This tool renders a set of themes to be used on any blank canvas. For instance, the USA map with statistics settings. Why would you not want to introduce it in your curriculum as part of classroom technology?

What is the prize of an effort if it is not challenged? So, teachers and students, challenge your skills with technology and groom your skill-set with the latest versions of educational tools and apps.

Written By: Jennifer Einstein
Written For: K12 Lists

For marketing professionals and education marketers, we at K12 Lists offer exclusive K-12 databases for business communication and correspondence with administrative heads in U.S. Secondary Schools.

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Source:
kqed.org/mindshift/2015/07/29/teacher-recommended-50-favorite-teaching-apps/
kqed.org/mindshift/2013/07/08/13-free-web-tools-students-and-teachers-should-know-about/
collegeraptor.com/blog/tips-and-tools/10-free-online-study-tools/

February 23, 2017

Are You Cut Out For High School? Find out with This Quiz!

High school is a very crucial stage for building up a student's academic career. This specific stage helps the students to enhance knowledge, as well as prepare them to face the “real world” outside. After completing primary education, students start their journey towards the higher academic path. High schools are the primary base - standing on which students begin their journey of specialized education. This very period allows them to gradually proceed towards their dream of becoming someone. But, wait! First, you have to make sure that you are mentally/intellectually and emotionally prepared to crack the admission tests! The academic pressure is going to be a lot and it’s a good idea to know if you are cut out for the high school life or not!

High School Mailing List
Classroom Education - High School Mailing Lists
Here are some practice questions that will help you to find out if you are ready for high school or you need some more time to prepare:

1) Which of the following is most similar in meaning to “particular”?

a) Special b) Simple c) Careful d) Specific e) Obvious

2) In a coded language- MISE KUMP GOTH means MERRY CHRISTMAS MOM, GOTH WUIM FREK KOMP means MOM IS MERRY TODAY, and KIMP WUIM FREK KOMP. Now, which coded word means “Christmas”?

a) MISD b) KUMP c) GOTH d) KIMP e) FREK

3) Four of the following words are similar in a certain way. Find the odd one out.

a) Peculiar b) Conventional c) Conservative d) Traditional e) Typical

4) Rachel purchased a second hand car for $6,000 and paid 15% deposit. How much he has still left to pay?

a) $900 b) $5,000 c) $4,500 d) $5,100 e) None of these

5) According to this series, what number should come next?- 7,10,8,11, 9,12,...?

a) 7 b) 10 c) 13 d) 24 e) 12

6) Marathon is to race as Hibernation is to...?

a) Bear b) Dream c) Winter d) Sleep e) Period

7) Yard is to inch as Quart is to...?

a) Liquid b) Milk c) Ounce d) Gallon e) Unit

8) People “speculate” when they consider a situation and assume something to be true based on inconclusive evidence. According to you, which situation below can be the best example for the word “speculation”?
  1. George spends 35 minutes sitting in traffic and wishes that he could take the bus instead of driving
  2. When John opened the gate with tears, Emily guessed that he had a death in his family
  3. Frankie decides that it would be appropriate to wear jeans and t-shirt in her new office on Friday after reading about “Casual Fridays” in her employee handbook
  4. Elsa decided to keep the meeting on Sunday, as she has to for the weekly book-club meeting on Saturday
  5. After consulting several travel agents, Alex is now confident about the hotel she has chosen

If you are able to answer these questions correctly, getting into one of the best high schools in the USA will not be a problem for you! All the best with that!

Answers: 1-D, 2-B, 3-A, 4-D, 5-B, 6-D, 7-C, 8-2

Written By: Linda Martin
Written For: K12 Lists

For marketing professionals and education marketers, we at K12 Lists offer exclusive K-12 databases for business communication and correspondence with administrative heads in U.S. High Schools.

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Sources:
education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/parents/secondary/readingcomprehensionpractice.pdf;
education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/parents/secondary/verbalreasoningpractice.pdf
indiabix.com/logical-reasoning/questions-and-answers/

February 14, 2017

4 Issues faced by the USA Middle Schools

The USA has 9 million plus students attending public middle schools. The term ‘middle’ suggests the intermediary. In America, middle schools are the bridge between elementary schools and high schools. These schools may comprise grades from 6 to 8; so this indicates the phase of the early teens. But research has to say that Middle schools have adverse effect on students’ behavior. Some teens show aloofness, estrangement from school, and less accomplishment.

So, how did the middle school concept begin? What was the aim behind its establishment? History accounts back to the 1980s, when education reformers took a firm decision on supporting the middle schooling concept. So, instead of using the age-old junior high school, they intended to build an educational platform exclusive to young teenagers. The grade system was changed from grades 7 to 9 to grades 6-8 for developing student responsiveness towards this new structure and education practices.

List of Middle Schools in USA

While, this approach has brought about the well-being of middle school students as it has found involvement from dedicated educators, groundbreaking reformers, and private educational foundation; middle schools, in general, have not yet been able to fight the various challenges to their full potential. 4 major challenges in the face of middle schooling are:

  1. Academic progress consistent yet slow

    Since the 1970s, till this date, approximately 70% of the U.S.public-school students in the 8th grade has been failing to acquire higher level of achievement in national tests based on subjects such as Science and Maths. Not only this, Afro-American kids and Latinos have demonstrated low performance in reading and reciting as compared to their white peers. This is irrespective of their parents having college education. Summer programs including reading practicals by schools before the students reach the 6th grade and Math courses after that will surely pull the bar up in developing their cognitive skills, memory and analytical skills.

  2. Not-so positive factors affecting student behavior

    The conditions for learning that can become the major reasons behind the students’ cognition absorbing ability are still very infirm. For instance, social-emotional factors and motivational reasons affect the well-being and academic performance. The signs of students’ detachment from practical and social happenings and surroundings, not only mean low interest in extra-curricular activities, but also mean that their overall mental achievement will be quite less. As per National school safety statistics any physical conflict happening in middle schools can lead to emotional suffering within students which can perturb their academic performance. A school-wide anti-bullying program should be introduced to make them understand social norms and what they should avoid to diminish their antisocial conduct.

  3. Loopholes in the administration and teaching

    It is unfortunate, but over the years, most middle schools in the U.S.A. have had teachers with no major or minor degree or certification in the subjects they have been appointed to teach young teenagers. Their development training is at risk as there is no evidence-based framework of teachers’ training showing their professional development. This evidence-based professional training model should be adopted in order to better subject-specific expertise and pedagogical skills. Principals too lack proper training in disciplinary issues which compresses the time and effort they could invest in other leadership functions. Having discussed roles, especially management roles, principals can foster their managerial responsibilities to create a school environment that contributes to training and learning. (Also see: 5 Reasons Why Middle Schools Should Use Social Media For Education.

  4. Lack of parental support

    The declining parental involvement as students get promoted to middle schools, as per research, shows how the effect of middle schools can be kind of negative on a middle school student’s emotional growth. Middle schools need to build curriculum that includes activities that boost the bonding between the students and their parents. These activities can be payed at home while making child-parent mental compatibility even stronger.

What could be done to bring about a reform?


New Models for Child reform

No Child Left Behind Act brought about states to build school accountability arrangements based on student assessments held annually. Such school reforms give way to professional development training that caters to academic achievements and the mental development of young adolescents. If enforced in full swing, these models will strengthen middle schools to achieve higher levels of laurels that are intended by NCLB for all schools. But, here lies a slight problem, and that is the academic testing proposed may just concentrate on students’ leveling up as per their academic achievements and not so much on their developmental requirements. Though academic excellence depends partly on their development too. Apart from this, proper federal and state backup should make schools and students meet the new reforms. This type and reach of the new middle-grade standards efforts needs the coordinated support of different foundations. Coherence between the right student conditions and institutional improvement will boost student development and educational evolution in the middle schools in America. You will find this more relevant if you check our email addresses of middle school.

If you need progress, you need to accept change and change comes with new thought, and new beginning; which USA is nurturing. K12 Lists encourages this idea with its belief in the American school education system, and that shows in its exclusive finds of email list of middle schools in USA.

January 26, 2017

5 Reasons Why Middle Schools Should Use Social Media For Education

What is interesting is the power and the impact of social media...So we must try to use social media in a good way.”
- Malala Yousafzai (Female education activist, The youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate)

Social media is a magical wonder of technology that can simply dismiss the idea of “communication gap” by connecting the whole world with its one solid string. But, it is also an undeniable fact that social media creates severe addiction. A recent research came out with a report that 75% of all internet users are attached with social media network(s). Another research has shown, 92% teen social media users come online regularly- within that percentage 24% of them accepted the fact that they stay online “almost constantly”. In the teenage years, when students are going through their middle school education period, they are not just increasing their intellectual level through academic training, during this time, they are also gradually becoming more and more exposed towards the outer world and environment. At this crucial time, when they step inside the world of social media networking, it brings some serious changes in their academic, social and personal lives.
Let's take a look exactly how middle schools can improve their teenager students' academic foundation by including social media into their education.

Middle School Database


Improve students' participation
If middle school teachers include social media within their academic training and allow their students to use social media with certain clauses and limits, it will increase their attachment with studies and the students will be more interested to participate in their education and classroom activities than earlier.
Easy, fast and flexible tool for sharing content
If used correctly, social media can create a strong bridge between middle school students and the teachers. Through proper and continuous communication, teachers can share every online academic resources with their students quickly and very easily. The students can also acquire those contents only through the clicks of their fingers.
Assistance for homework
Social media can help the students even in the time of homework. Using social media networks as tools they can connect with their respective teachers and classmates whenever they feel stuck anywhere. By getting spontaneous response, students can smoothly overcome the complications of their subjects and can get hold of the subjects more effectively.
Bringing all in the same page at once
Social media can help the students and the teachers to maintain successful two-way communication. By using social media parents of those students can also connect with respective teachers and can communicate them directly if needed. Not only that, teachers can post and share class events and activities through social media. This will help both the students and their guardians to be aware of class activities and prepare themselves accordingly.
Teaching proper use of social media
If school personnel encourage the students to use social media as academic and communication tool, they will also guide them about the proper ways of using social media and stay safe from its disadvantageous effects. In this manner, middle school students will be able to use social media effectively without getting into complications like cyber-bullying. By learning the proper usage method, middle school students will be able to keep themselves away from any kind of addiction by maintaining healthy use of social media networking sites.

How social media is distracting the middle school students from their academic orientation is a known fact. For example, a large section of this age group is literally addicted to social media and constantly getting detached from general human communication. Some of them are the victims of cyber-bullying incidents. But, all technological invention till now has brought some of its own benefits and costs along with it. Similarly, Social media also has its own disadvantages, but it can mould the middle school students' career orientation to the right way by allowing them to use it as a tool of their own intellectual and social advancement.

The educational consultancy firms in USA have their own definite way for bringing improvement in middle school education techniques. If you have the suggestive ideas, we have the database. To enforce your suggestions and analyse present situation get the database from K12 Lists.

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January 19, 2017

5 Critical Issues In High School Education

The 2015 NCES data report on the U.S. Department of Education threw light on the dropouts in 2012. The report read that about 2.7 of the ninth-graders of 2009 batch had dropped out by the time 2012 arrived; which means that the students could have been eleventh-graders by that time. So, what other other than social position, parent’s education, family income, could be the reason for those dropouts? There are many challenges in the face of education that bothers the confidence of most students in the high schools. They act as the obstacles in the way of education completion. elements that we need to focus on in order to move forward and offer better opportunities to our students.

High School Email List

  • Student-Centred Learning
Student-centered learning includes variety of cognitive learning that helps their academic growth. This learning can range from instructional teachings, educational projects, field-work learning experiences and academic-approach related strategies. Each of these different learning help elevate the cognitive ability and touches every aspect of student interests and goals. But the disappointing part is that most high schools follow structured schedules that cater to completing the course material designed for a particular term. Touching the issues related to religious groups and cultural groups will help students gain interest in their involvement in educational activities and programs, besides studies. Involving them in conversations that are related to them will help them in realizing the importance of school education. Lisa Nielsen had come out with her now famous blog named- “Innovative Educator blog which emphasizes on the student's  voice, indication power to student learning more than student teaching. 
  • The use of Technology
While most schools would agree that the use of technology in educational programs add value to learning, but there is a vast difference between what needs to be use and what is generally used by schools that are not wealthy enough as their wealthier counterparts. Schools must understand that the use of the right technology is more important than introducing students to unknown technologies that do not urge them to use them at all. Most high schools even now use old technologies to prepare courses, modules, presentations, quizzes, e-learning material, etc. Schools need to evaluate whether they want to use MOOCs for structuring school course or continue to manually prepare them. The term BYOD suits corporate culture more, so schools need to know whether they will like their students to bring devices like iPads, gaming systems, etc.
  • Pre-service Programs on Teaching
High schools shape the future of students, and it becomes quite important that every student, who sees their future as a teacher, should be encouraged. Also, the better a school is appreciated, more are the chances that experienced and highly skilled teachers will want to join it. But the grave issue here remains that interference of the policymakers and politicians is also shaping the image of high schools in the USA. Mentioning that schools are unsuccessful in achieving their endeavors, only pushes good teaching professionals to other educational institutes. Alongside, pre-service programs are not of high quality, because of which graduates may feel that they are not adequately prepared for the teaching profession. In 2014 a question was raised on K-12 schools, which asked if these programs, if improvised, can build a powerful gathering of learners.
  • School Environment
In 2014, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder declared new guidelines as educational disciplinary policies to stop the school-to-prison pipeline and purify school environment. Given that student bullying happens quite a lot in schools and increases chances of students coming in contact with the juvenile criminal justice platforms, these guidelines portray the zero tolerance policies in schools, which decreases such mishaps at the high school level, and helps students know their optimal selves.
  • Lifestyle Gap
Of all the students in the high schools across the U.S., approximately 22% of students live in poverty. By the time they go from kindergarten to high schools, they would be knowing 1/8th of the vocabulary knowledge their richer peers will have known by then. The lack the decent informative resources, and the backward communities where poor students live cannot afford their proper grooming. As serious as it sounds, these issues have been there and still are, though the education ministry is taking disciplined measures to reduce them.
No association can be made big without co-operation, and it all starts with us. Do you have anything to contribute to such high schools? Get in touch with Email Data Group that puts you in touch with key decision makers of high schools through its exclusive email list of high schools.