North Carolina high-school principal Johncarlos Miller says educators can either "inspire or derail" student success, and he's made a career out of getting to know his students to inspire academic performance. Miller has been named the district's principal of the year.
One Maryland county school district is seeking to boost the number of minority teachers by recruiting students from historically black colleges and universities and implementing an academy to recruit local students to become educators. District leaders say they need to hire 82 minority teachers to match county student demographics.
A $2.9 billion budget request, approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Education last week, will fund teacher raises as well as reading and alternative education programs. The request, which is $473.6 million more than was allocated in the current budget, will be reviewed by lawmakers.
New York eighth-grade science teacher Corey Raner built an augmented-reality sandbox as a hands-on tool for teaching about topography. By shifting the sand, Raner and his students can simulate the creation of valleys or rainfall.
Students at a California middle school have designed and created three escape rooms as part of a fundraiser for their school. They participated in commercial escape rooms for research, filmed videos explaining the rules of the escape room and developed puzzles to solve for each scenario.
Mississippi high-school principal Sheila Kribbs says she values collaboration and treats her faculty and staff as professionals without micromanaging them. Kribbs, whose school has earned top state rankings for nearly a decade, says she also gets to know her students and teaches them they can succeed.
Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson is proposing a framework that would allow schools to hire more teachers who haven't yet qualified for a state teaching license. In a presentation to the state's board of education, Watson said he'll work to change policies to curb a growing teacher shortage.
Educators can help students rely on their own skills and knowledge by using audio, video and other tools to build autonomy, write educational consultant Jessica Hockett and teacher advocate Kristina Doubet. In this blog post, they outline several strategies.
A Georgia school district has proposed teaching several high-school courses -- including algebra and Spanish -- to its eighth-graders to help high schools achieve fewer class periods. Middle-school teachers, however, would need to obtain high-school certification, the cost of which would be only partially reimbursable by the school system.
The English department at Fordham University is giving its finishing Ph.D. students an extra $4,500 to help them find a job after graduation. John Bugg, graduate studies director, says the one-time payment is meant to help students afford to travel for interviews and cover other expenses while job hunting.
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