Boston is beginning a process to eliminate middle schools altogether after the city's school committee took a unanimous vote to do so Wednesday night. The policy aims to minimize the disruptions students experience when they change schools, and under the system they would go directly from elementary to secondary school at grade seven or nine.
Middle-school students were allowed to join the Montana Conservation Corps' youth program in Helena starting this year, making it the Corps' third middle-school program in the state. Students in Helena took part in a six-day program this week that included improvements to Ten Mile Creek Park for which they were joined by Gov. Steve Bullock.
One Texas school district is implementing a new Grow Your Own program that will allow professionals in the community who hold a bachelor's degree to train to become educators. Those who enter the program will take online classes and 30 hours of field work to earn their teacher certification and enter the classroom.
Staff at colleges and universities saw their median salary increase by 1.88% this year, down from last year's 1.93% hike, according to data from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. The report also shows ongoing pay disparities among women and minorities, who tended to earn less than their white peers.
An entomologist who visited Monomoy Regional Middle School in Massachusetts gave the students an unusual challenge: Would they be willing to eat bugs for science? Larry Dapsis brought a variety of differently seasoned insect snacks to share during his hands-on lessons on the history of entomophagy, or eating bugs, which scientists say may become more widespread as more people seek sustainable food sources.
Many state and local school boards have student representatives on the board, but few of them have a vote, and among those who do, their vote is noted but not counted. Some groups are pressing states to add more student representation to boards and give them a vote as part of a drive to improve civics education and give students a say in how they are governed.
College and university leaders can groom provosts to become future presidents by giving them lead roles in positive public events and meetings with stakeholders, writes Georgia State University associate dean Nathan Bennett. Provosts also should be given a chance to craft and execute their own strategic initiatives to show they can effect change, he suggests.
Iowa school district secondary education director Dan Conrad says team-based leadership has enabled him to successfully implement several initiatives, including concurrent enrollment. "You've got to be able to work side-by-side with people to provide the best educational experiences you can," he says as he plans his retirement this year.
Columbia University President Lee Bollinger says free speech is alive and well on college campuses amid an executive order issued earlier this year by President Donald Trump threatening colleges' federal financial aid. In this commentary, Bollinger notes that relatively few institutions have blocked controversial speakers and campuses remain sites of open debate.
Good internal communications are made easier when the company is clear about goals and key objectives, writes Alexander Maasik. "No system of organizational communication or culture works unless you and your team work on it day to day," Maasik notes.
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