Leaders at Northwest Missouri State University, the city of Gladstone, Mo., and the North Kansas City School District worked together to establish the Northland Innovation Center. The center is focused on bolstering the school-to-college-to-career pipeline through project-based learning.
Students from Florida's Nova High School -- which shares the same district with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of deadly shooting last month -- participated in a Skype conversation recently with students in a California high school. The students asked questions of each other about school safety and guns.
Full-scale crisis drills can be costly propositions for school districts, writes Ken Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services. In this commentary, he shares why tabletop drills may be better options for preparing for emergency situations.
Are students' personal cellphones and devices subject to searches on campus? That's the question some states are beginning to address with legislation, writes Ariel Fox Johnson, senior counsel for policy and privacy at Common Sense Media, who urges school leaders in this commentary to provide clarity on policies regarding students' devices.
A report from SavingForCollege.com calculates that the total cost of sending someone to a four-year college 18 years from now will be about $355,000 for a private school and about $157,000 for a public college. The report suggests it may be more realistic for families to plan on saving enough to pay between 25% and 33% of the cost, rather than the full amount.
Leaders in an Oregon school district recently oversaw the transition from a manual to a digital enrollment process. The district's application development manager, Jim Newton, shared the experience at the Consortium for School Networking's annual conference and said the pilot program ultimately was successful.
A school district in Texas recently expanded a successful telehealth pilot program. The program supports students' health, in part by allowing access to medical professionals via a mobile computer on a cart.
Preparing students for a changing world means overhauling learning design to increase focus on coding, social and emotional skills and student agency, panelists said at this week's Consortium for School Networking conference in Washington, D.C. Archaic top-down leadership models that exclude teachers and community leaders from discussions about learning design should also go away, the panel said.
When it comes to open educational resources, there are more disappointing materials available than valuable teaching tools, Rebecca Kockler, assistant superintendent of academic instruction for Louisiana, said at the recent SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. During her presentation, she discussed the need for more professional development for OER use.