Fifth-graders at an Illinois school built support devices for kindergartners to use during an upcoming roller-skating unit in physical-education class as part of their school's focus on math, engineering and leadership. Three school operations and maintenance workers assisted students with reading blueprints and learning how to sand and attach PVC pipes to build the structures.
New Kansas school district Superintendent Corey Burton says he will be proactive in recruiting top faculty and staff to maintain a high level of student achievement. In this Q&A, Burton notes that he'll visit with current faculty and staff to learn how he can help them succeed.
Students at a North Carolina middle school, which was once their town's segregated school for African-Americans, met with alumni of the former school as part of lessons for Black History Month. Students also studied photocopies of the segregated school's yearbooks and other documents, and watched a recorded interview of a local educator who talked about his family's history.
Utica College is working to alleviate New York's teacher shortage by offering a certification program that allows aspiring teachers to earn a Transitional B certificate that qualifies them to teach full time. The program is open to professionals with bachelor's degrees in high-need areas such as English, math and social studies.
A bill to eliminate the use of letter grades on the state's school report card has been approved by the Utah House of Representatives. The measure, which is supported by the Utah State Board of Education, would instead use ratings such as exemplary, commendable or those with critical needs.
Teachers at a Washington school are seeing faster growth and improved engagement in math after starting a voluntary after-school math academy for fourth- and fifth-graders. Students review concepts they are struggling with in class via online programs and reinforce skills such as math facts through computer games.
Administrators can improve the workplace for adjunct instructors by considering them for full-time positions and working to remove the stigma that part-time faculty are less competent, writes Angela Fulk, who has worked for more than 20 years as an adjunct. In this commentary, she outlines the challenges adjuncts face and how leaders and full-time faculty can work to improve conditions.
Colorado middle-school principal Craig Rogers says leading a school can be all-consuming, but he has worked hard to build relationships with students, staff and parents. Rogers, who retires after this school year, says he's proud to have built a culture where students feel socially and emotionally safe.
A bill that would allow Nebraska school officials to physically restrain students who become violent has won the support of the state teachers union. Supporters say the measure is needed to protect teachers and students, but critics say students with disabilities and students of color may be disproportionately affected by such a law.
More colleges are offering graduate-level HR analytics programs to teach students how to interpret data and use it to tell stories, improve the employee experience and find solutions. "We're not trying to turn them into data scientists, but more like HR professionals who understand that, with HR evolving, they can be a really important partner to the business," says Robert Stokes, who heads American University's online HR analytics offerings.
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