Colorado elementary-school principal Karen Shaw says her day is not complete until she visits every classroom as part of her commitment to the success of students and her faculty. In this Q&A, Shaw -- who was the state's 2016 National Distinguished Principal -- shares some of her experiences and strategies for getting to know students.
Texas A&M University plans to expand a science, technology, engineering and math program that integrates hands-on experiments into the science curriculum for third- through fifth-graders. Using a National Science Foundation grant, university researchers tested their program at a Texas school serving mostly low-income families to expose them to STEM concepts and careers.
Data from the Arizona Department of Education shows that more than 1,000 teachers are in classrooms around the state this year through emergency teaching certificates -- up from the 789 certificates issued last year. District leaders say they thoroughly screen all teachers with emergency status and say many are eager to help students and schools.
The Mississippi Department of Education is looking into ways to make it easier for prospective teachers to get their licenses. The state's board of education earlier this year approved temporary measures to grant licenses to professionals with either a bachelor's degree or 21 credit hours in their teaching field.
Educators at a Wisconsin middle school have created "flex time" classes that allow students to explore interests or receive academic interventions. Enrichment classes for this year have included Tech Ninjas, where students repair computers and complete tech-based projects, and a physical-education class built around team-building games.
The Kentucky Board of Education is seeking state support for key services while asking lawmakers to maintain the same level of funding as last year for K-12. The board also is seeking money for an emergency loan fund for districts affected by lower revenue collections, officials say.
Faculty at the University of Arkansas say a proposal to include language associated with collegiality to tenure requirements threatens academic freedom and the system's ability to recruit and retain qualified professors. However, system officials say the change merely expands on existing policy.
College and university leaders can most effectively lead academic meetings by keeping them brief and sending out notes on what actions need to be taken after the meeting, writes Robert MacIntosh, head of the School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. In this commentary, he also suggests allowing time to network during the meeting and encouraging input from everyone in the room.
Introducing assessments that stay true to project-based learning is important to fourth-grade teacher Emily Clifton. In this blog post, Clifton describes this approach to assessment, including a rubric.
Middle- and high-school students from across a Tennessee district have collaborated to design, build and install holiday light displays in a park. The project -- a blend of project-based learning and science, technology, engineering, arts and math -- involved partnering with the city Parks & Recreation Department and repurposing old desk chairs.
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