Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.
- NYC public schools announced a shift in its decade-long policy banning students from having cell phones in school. Allowing mobile technology is now at the discretion of each individual school.
- “Just 11 percent of low-income students who are the first in their family to attend college will have a college degree within six years of enrolling in school,” according to The Atlantic. It explores why low-income students seldom make it to graduation day.
- Though disliked by parents, students, and educators, standardized tests serve a purpose. As the movement against rampant testing continues to gain momentum, NPR proposes alternative ways of assessing student learning.
- Interested in moving into school leadership? Teach For America’s School Systems Leaders Fellowship is a yearlong leadership development program to prepare more alumni to take on roles in school systems leadership. Learn more and apply!
- ICYMI: Science is so wise. This time it says dance parties are vital to the classroom.