A Pennsylvania middle school has adopted an algebra-readiness model and a critical-writing curriculum based on journal writing to prepare students for high school. The algebra-readiness model uses a blended curriculum to teach algebraic concepts alongside eighth-grade math, and the writing program has students sharing personal stories to develop their voices and become better writers.
When a crisis strikes, college and university boards, presidents and senior staff should have a clear understanding of the president's role and how to communicate a unified message, writes Susan Resneck Pierce, president emerita of the University of Puget Sound and president of SRP Consulting. Presidents should be fair and responsive, and maintain close connections to faculty, staff and students, she suggests in this commentary.
Colleges and universities should use methods such as teaching observation and one-on-one meetings to evaluate faculty, instead of student evaluations, to avoid discrimination, writes Michelle Falkoff, clinical associate professor of law and director of communication and legal reasoning at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. In this commentary, she notes research showing that students disproportionately rate female faculty lower than their male peers.
Pat Skorkowsky is preparing to retire as the Clark County School District superintendent after five years in the job and 30 years in the Nevada district. Skorkowsky has faced challenges with budgets and teacher salaries during his tenure, but he says he learned to grow "a thick skin" over the years.
Utica College in New York is recruiting new students to its certification programs to stem a growing special-education teacher shortage in the region. The college offers options, including a master's degree certification program for graduates with a liberal arts degree.
In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, the nonprofit Common Sense Media is asking for an investigation into the effect of the mishandling of data collected on teenagers by Facebook. Common Sense Media's leaders also are asking the FTC to increase privacy protections, especially for minors.
The Mississippi state Board of Education is soliciting public input on a proposed policy change that would delay the effect of end-of-course test results in biology and US history on students' final grades until at least 2021. The delay comes as the state education department formulates new tests for the subjects.
Teacher coaching can help improve early-childhood education, according to a report by Bellwether Education Partners. Report author Bonnie O'Keefe says seeing teachers in action is "particularly important in early childhood coaching."
Science teachers at a New Hampshire middle school are working together on a project in which students in all grades collaborate in teams to build the best guitar from recycled materials. Students must construct the instruments to certain specifications, then create a business plan for how to market them.
The National Institute on Retirement Security reports women are 80% more likely than men to live in poverty once they reach retirement age. Retirement expert Mitch Tuchman argues that the retirement system "ultimately lets women down" because it was originally designed to serve the male workforce.
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