South Dakota high-school principal Tim Hawkins believes students are more successful when they engage in activities such as sports or music. Hawkins, who has been named the recipient of the Ivan Dixon Administrator of the Year award, credits the efforts of staff and faculty for the success of the district's extracurricular programs.
Louisiana education officials have launched a $100,000 campaign to encourage students -- including high-school juniors and seniors -- to become teachers. The "Be a Teacher LA" campaign is also an effort to boost the image of the teaching profession, state Superintendent of Education John White said.
Educators worldwide are using Twitter chats to hold virtual conversations about important topics in education. This article includes a list of ongoing Twitter chats and a tool to help educators add them to their own calendars.
A bill passed by the Mississippi House of Representatives would offer K-12 teachers a five-year exemption from state income taxes and a three-year exemption for residents who earn a bachelor's or postgraduate degree. More than a third of districts in the state are experiencing teacher shortages.
Students at a Wisconsin school have access to physical activity throughout the day, and the trend may be catching on in other states. Northeastern University kinesiology professor Charles Hillman, who is taking part in the US Department of Health and Human Services revised recommendations for physical fitness, says research shows there's a strong connection between fitness and brain function.
It's not always clear what being a teacher leader means, asserts high-school teacher Andrea Marshbank. In this blog post, she highlights supportive roles -- such as showing interest in other classrooms and helping out when needed -- that teacher leaders can play in the school setting.
Timing and access to data about student performance on high-stakes tests vary by state, according to 45 state deputy superintendents of education in a survey issued by the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University. Data show most of those surveyed provide test data during the summer after students take such tests.
Sixth-graders at a Pennsylvania school are learning about civics by acting out roles of congressional leaders, as well as writing and voting on bills. Teacher Eleanor Pigford said her students weren't understanding how a bill becomes law through a more traditional lesson, so she organized the exercises to allow them to experience the process.
Members of the Council of Chief State School Officers at a recent Aspen Institute gathering outlined how they're using their Every Student Succeeds Act plans to provide equitable educational opportunities to disadvantaged students. A new report from the group highlights how states are working to close achievement gaps and boost test scores.
To increase revenue, college and university leaders must implement a more flexible business model to make the best use of funds, real estate and other resources, writes former Bucknell University President Brian Mitchell. Leaders also must review admissions policies, governance, fundraising and other areas and identify new revenue streams, he asserts.
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