Happy Friday, y’all! If you’re looking to catch up on all the recent developments in the world of education — and a creepy crawly craft project, too — check out another installment of our bi-weekly teaching-related reads!

A middle school teacher in Wisconsin shares his experience with the New York Times teaching this year’s election to his social studies students. (ICYMI, check out our post from Wednesday, “How to Teach the Election in Your Classroom,” for tips and strategies for helping your students understand the electoral process.)

“In order to further change people’s perceptions, we need to boost the signal with more diversity, more inclusivity and more positive messages. We have to show up the way we want to be represented, and we have to represent what we want to attract.” Ford’s Chief Information Officer Marcy Klevorn discusses how more diverse role models and inclusivity is needed in STEAM education.

The high school graduation rate keeps inching up and breaking records. Thanks to all your good work, it’s reached a high of 83 percent!

Education Week discusses the role community service plays in empowering our students. “While the school library has traditionally been a place for fact finding, analysis, and technology presentations, I learned to expand my role as a school librarian. Now, rather than simply teaching academic skills, I know how exciting it is to include teaching those important skills our students need to help engage communities, collaborate with others, and solve problems beyond our school walls.”

Wondering what your student’s are reading? These reviews of new YA novels from the New York Times will keep you up-to-date.

Just in time for Halloween, check out these eight spider activities from Scholastic to engage your class with some “creepy crawly” fun!

Have a great weekend!