Educational Leadership
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5/18/2018

The Illinois State Board of Education this week approved an outside monitor for at least three years to oversee any changes to special-education programs within the Chicago Public Schools system. The move comes after the board decided a 2016 overhaul of special-ed programs in the district violated federal law.

5/18/2018

A peer-mentoring program at a California school has grown in five years to having a waiting list of students interested in helping out. The program pairs students in general education with peers in special education for one class period four days a week.

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5/18/2018

Fifth-graders at a Tennessee school marched in formation onto a football field and then engaged in a paper wad "fight" as part of a Civil War battle re-enactment. The year-end tradition is part of students' lessons on the Civil War.

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5/18/2018

Fifth- and sixth-grade students at a Washington school are learning about science, technology, engineering and math in a weekly robotics class. Students build robots out of Legos and use computers to code them to perform tasks.

5/17/2018

Students graduating from college this year expect to earn an average of $54,010 in their first job, nearly $8,000 more than those in 2016, according to a survey by talent acquisition software company iCIMS. Female graduates say they expect to earn less than the average, while 64% of college seniors say they also expect to work side jobs.

5/17/2018

Student collaboration improves engagement and learning, but sometimes disagreements and distractions can hinder progress, middle-grades educator Erica Hilliker writes in this blog post. She shares strategies and video examples of improving small group dynamics.

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5/17/2018

A group of fourth- and fifth-graders at a Montana school are improving their literacy skills by participating in a news reporting club. Students use their iPads to record video interviews and edit footage into story packages that are posted to the school's YouTube account.

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5/17/2018

States must go beyond Every Student Succeeds Act requirements and insist on equity in policy-making decisions to help students become better advocates for their own learning, write Don Long of the National Association of State Boards of Education and Ace Parsi of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. In this blog post, they outline recommended strategies.

5/17/2018

When controversial speakers appear on college campuses, presidents often find themselves walking a tightrope on how to respond, or whether to respond at all, say some current and former college and university presidents. Mark Yudof, former president of the University of California and the University of Minnesota, says presidents are the moral compass of a campus and have a duty to boldly speak out to defend an institution's standards.

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5/17/2018

Eighth-graders in school districts throughout an Indiana county are learning about engineering through an educational program provided by the recreation vehicle industry. Students tour an RV brought to their campus, use Legos to simulate building the vehicle on an assembly line and learn about career paths in the industry.