This article includes ideas from experts and education leaders as well as examples of innovation and leadership as the new school year begins. Ideas include seeking coaching, strengthening relationships and shadowing students.
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner says he wants to allow certified teachers from Connecticut and Massachusetts to be able to assume hard-to-fill teacher vacancies in his state. Wagner says he's also in favor of fast-tracking certification for English-as-a-second-language teachers by providing them an endorsement instead of full certification.
New academic standards in computer science were approved by the New Hampshire State Board of Education. The standards, which will go into effect over the next few years, will focus on building technical skills such as data analysis and coding.
Providing a structured time for conversations about what students are learning can improve the classroom environment and reduce off-topic student chatting, middle-school educator Kasey Short writes in this blog post. She offers several strategies for small-group and whole-class discussions.
A report from Jobs for the Future shows that 90% of those surveyed say it is an organization's responsibility to enhance employee skills through programs and initiatives. The data also show that 39% say employers should offer incentives to technology workers seeking to improve their skills while 34% said nontech workers should enjoy the same benefit.
HR leaders should use prescriptive analytics and data that show the effects of proposed changes, say Nakisa's Sebastiaan Bos and Ian Latulippe. They recommend system integration and a unified platform that provides a reliable source of information.
A Kentucky middle school has opened an agricultural science lab that will allow all teachers at the school to educate students about science and math through hands-on lessons about food production. The lab has coops, kennels and gardens, and educators hope to one day build a greenhouse and barn.
Five boys have worked over the summer at a Tennessee middle school to complete a science experiment on the effects of space travel on tooth decay after their sample tooth returned from the International Space Station. The team competed with others around the world to have their experiment chosen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education.
Senior faculty members should extend help to new associate professors by easing their workload and modeling a dedication to professional development, write University of West Florida professor Jane Halonen and Moravian College professor Dana Dunn. Veteran professors also can offer some feedback to new colleagues but should know their own limits on mentoring skills, they advise in this commentary.
For David Steele-Figueredo, president of Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif., there are four major areas he says higher-education leaders should focus on: customers, environment, market share and systems. In this commentary, he outlines how focusing on these areas can improve the effectiveness of higher education.
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