Students at a California middle school are learning about entrepreneurship through the LaunchPad program at the University of California at San Diego. Students spent a week researching a problem that interested them, being mentored by business professionals and presenting their ideas for a product to solve a problem.
Oregon high-school principal David Plotts, who has spent 21 years on the job, at one point served as principal, vice principal and athletic director amid difficult financial times for his district. Plotts now is retiring as the longest-serving principal at the school, but plans to continue as coach of the girls' basketball team.
School district leaders in Minnesota are rethinking their methods for recruiting teachers to address shortages. Some strategies include recruiting at local colleges, hiring students finishing up degrees in needed areas and offering signing bonuses as well as other perks.
The Colorado State Board of Education has approved use of the Next Generation Science Standards in state classrooms. The standards, which are used by 38 states, require students to rely on experiments and inquiry to learn instead of memorization.
Middle-grades students in Connecticut are learning a more diverse version of their state's history since the list of approved historical figures that students can use for research projects was updated to include more African-Americans, Native Americans, Latinos and women. Teacher Wendy Martin said about a third of her students selected one of the newer individuals on the list for their research projects.
A Kentucky middle school's summer camp is teaching students the basics of computer programming. During the weeklong camp, students learn lessons that carry over to other subjects, such as the importance of spelling code correctly and reviewing work carefully to look for mistakes, instructor Stephanie Roemer said.
Higher-education leaders can make annual staff performance reviews more effective by providing frequent feedback throughout the year and seeking ways to boost employees' internal motivation, writes Joshua Kim, director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning. In this blog post, he offers several suggestions to reform review processes.
Some parents are concerned that their children are getting too much screen time at school, but Nikki Schafer, a technology integration specialist in a Nebraska school district, writes that "not all screen time is created equal." In this commentary, she shares how her own district helps parents differentiate between screen time for learning and screen time for entertainment.
Gerry McGovern, founder and CEO of Customer Carewords, describes many university websites as "a jungle of ego and a desert of usefulness," with few making it easy for students to find what they need. Speaking recently at a European higher-education conference, McGovern urged university marketing leaders to create student-centered websites that address both the successes and the challenges students face.
Fifth-graders at a Maine school immersed themselves in the Colonial era by wearing old-fashioned clothing and demonstrating jobs from the time period to other students and parents. The students worked at stations where they gave presentations about the Salem witch trials or showed visitors how to spin yarn on a loom.
- Page 1