School leaders and technology decision-makers should get input from teachers before purchasing technology, according to a report from MDR Education. The report, which surveyed 4,400 K-12 US educators, also found that teachers want more training on using the technologies in their classrooms.
Students at a Massachusetts middle school learned how to create video games in a summer camp in collaboration with a science, technology, engineering and math group called Tinker and Create. As students learned to code games, they also applied physics, math and other academic subjects, instructor Doug Tepe said.
Two Pennsylvania middle-school principals, Nicholas Indeglio and Jonathan Ross, host a podcast together dedicated to providing leadership tips and interviews with educators, authors and other guests. Ross says their "The Rock Star Principals' Podcast", which started in 2013, provides a community for principals, noting it can be "a solitary job."
Several California school districts are battling a teacher shortage by hiring more noncredentialed teachers, and are providing mentors and extra support to boost retention. Other strategies include offering incentives that will increase salaries and retirement benefits.
The Florida State Board of Education has approved Hope scholarships that would provide public funding for students who have experienced bullying or other violence to move to a private, or different public school. The program is expected to be funded by voluntary redirection of sales taxes paid by residents buying a new or used car.
A Pennsylvania school district is expanding its one-to-one learning program by providing Chromebooks for all middle-school students next year. The devices will offer various learning opportunities, such as blended-learning programs, project-based learning, collaborative learning and classroom-management programs.
A summer leadership camp in Kentucky is teaching students skills to recover from setbacks in life. During the weeklong program, students learn yoga, meditation, mindfulness, conflict resolution and media literacy.
School leaders should be focused first and foremost on people, writes Fred Ende, assistant director of curriculum and instructional services for Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. In this blog post, he shares four steps he has taken on his journey to becoming a relational leader, including listening and questioning before answering.
The share of federal dollars that support programs for children is expected to decline by about 27% over the next decade, according to a report published Wednesday by the Urban Institute. The report also finds that spending on education is expected to decline, but it projects a slight increase in spending on children's health and income security.
Twenty-six incoming eighth-grade girls in Nebraska are participating in a pilot program offering the "Eureka!" science, technology, engineering and math program from Girls Inc. During the five-year program, students take part in STEM summer camps for the first two years, work at summer internships in local businesses for another two years, and earn college credits during their final summer.
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