An Illinois school district is opening to the public its middle-schoolers' Socratic seminars to provide an understanding of the "student voice" on such topics as violence in schools, Assistant Superintendent Ron Raglin said. The first one featured three classes discussing Martin Luther King Jr.'s nonviolent philosophy of the "Beloved Community."
Despite the growth in data technology, only 12% of college and university presidents in 2017 said evidence and institutional research are among their top five priorities, according to the American Council on Education's Center for Policy Research and Strategy. The report's authors say data and analytics have helped some institutions improve student outcomes and business models.
Sixth-graders from three middle schools in an Ohio district presented short films they created through their schools' community partnerships that enabled them to work with a professional filmmaker. Students wrote scripts, gathered images and used video-editing tools to make the final product.
More college and university departments are using video technology such as Skype to conduct first-round interviews of doctoral graduates for faculty jobs. Some associations, such as the Modern Language Association, are encouraging more video interviews, recognizing that travel expenses could be a disadvantage for some qualified candidates.
Integrating social media into classroom lessons can help to support authentic learning, says fourth-grade teacher Chrissy Romano-Arrabito. In a recent interview, she shared her advice for teachers interested in experimenting with social media and authentic learning.
The Illinois State Board of Education has voted to ask state lawmakers for over $7.9 billion in extra funding for the next fiscal year, nearly doubling current spending to more than $15.6 billion. If approved, officials say the funding would provide districts with 90% of the money they need to provide all students with a quality education.
Nearly 30% of the top 50 colleges and universities in the US have created positions for innovation roles such as chief innovation officer, according to a report from Russell Reynolds Associates. Such roles often are senior leadership positions with responsibilities that are strategic in nature, researchers found.
Texas high-school principal Brandon Johnson says he brings a whole-child approach to his role to ensure that "students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged." Johnson says he believes students face challenges finding focus in school and works to support them "in the pursuit of their passion."
One Illinois high school has partnered with a local college to offer education classes to students interested in becoming teachers. District officials say they hope to expand class offerings in their "grow your own" program during the next school year.
Missouri could boost early-education funding by a projected $48 million for the 2018-19 school year after triggering a law mandating the increase. School officials say the extra funding would help, but it would not be enough to expand prekindergarten programs.
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