More than 2,000 parents in 49 states have signed a Texas mother's social media pledge, "Wait Until 8th," that encourages parents to wait until eighth grade before giving their children a smartphone. The choice depends on each family's needs, but the pledge could help some parents distinguish when smartphones are age-appropriate, child development expert Deborah Gilboa said.
Education-technology companies should take better care to safeguard students' data, according to a report from researchers at the University of Colorado's National Education Policy Center. Researchers assert in the report that there should be greater transparency and accountability for the companies' algorithms.
An MBA may offer more personal than financial benefits for students older than age 40, compared with their younger peers, data suggest. Business schools at universities such as DePaul and Duke have developed programs for more experienced students.
MBA programs can offer professionals the chance to learn the skills and make the connections they need to build a successful startup. Sloan School of Management professor Bill Aulet says the number of business schools offering entrepreneurial programs has increased over the past five years as student interest has grown.
K-12 schools and colleges in a Pennsylvania community strive to create career pipelines for students by offering programs that meet industry needs. Pittsburgh Public Schools offers 15 career-focused programs, in which about 500 high-school students annually learn everything from auto body repair to computer-assisted design.
How women perceive their own femininity may affect the majors they choose in college, leading to increased gender stratification in, not only degrees, but later in the workforce, according to a study. Gender conformity, researchers say, may lead women to eschew degrees in science, technology, engineering and math and instead favor majors in arts and the humanities.
California fourth-grade teacher Leighann Milazzo spent the first days of class getting to know her students by having them share details of their lives in small group discussions. The school district trained its teachers over the summer on techniques to build better relationships with students.
Georgia middle-school principal Darrell Stephens says his goal in his new job is to empower teachers and allow them to make mistakes as they find better ways to teach students. Stephens, a veteran and former superintendent, has won praise for his leadership, including being named the state's distinguished principal in 2015.
National Board Certified Teacher Justin Minkel writes that he tries to visualize his classroom from his students' perspective when setting up for the school year. In this blog post, he shares four things for teachers to consider, including having space for students to move and allowing students to easily access materials.
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