Middle-school teacher Jacquelyn O'Malley in this blog post describes how she implemented a self-organized learning environment for a project-based learning elective on 3D storytelling. As part of the structure, O'Malley writes that she leads each learning session with a driving question and provides students resources as a starting point for their research.
State legislatures this year have seen an uptick in bills concerning teachers' evaluations, school accountability systems and educational assessments -- related to plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act -- according to data from the National Conference of State Legislators. That includes in Maryland, where lawmakers voted to place limits on testing.
A system to reward faculty and staff for their accomplishments must be fair, equitable and have shared governance, writes Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication director, Michael Bugeja. In this commentary, he outlines the system his school uses to ensure fairness.
To best handle a campus crisis, college and university presidents must have trusted advisers and a plan in place, write University at Albany professor Joseph Brennan and communications consultant Mark Weaver. Presidents also must be able to communicate the crisis to stakeholders and have a strategy to move the institution from response to recovery, they suggest in this commentary.
Organizations must develop a culture and structure that fosters diversity and inclusion to achieve any lasting effect, writes Kate Brodock, CEO of Women 2.0. That requires leaders to think over the long term about how best to incorporate diversity into both hiring and retention processes, she suggests.
College and university IT departments must be ready to deploy flexible, inexpensive state-of-the-art computing solutions for faculty research, some experts who have developed such systems suggest. IT leaders also must ensure that confidential and sensitive data is protected for the duration of the project, they note.
History students at a middle school in Washington state, along with peers at a school in France, are working together on The Monuments Project, a mobile app profiling the stories of 29 World War I service members from Washington who are buried in France. Thanks to the collaboration of teachers, history organizations and a tech company, the project has given students the opportunity to collaborate with peers from another country.
Laura Wyble, principal of a new public charter school in Michigan, plans to implement a philosophy that includes teachers demonstrating and modeling lessons for students. Wyble notes that learning is not magic but happens both "when you show and when you teach."
Superintendents in Illinois are using the Twitter hashtag #PassILBudget, as well as posting messages on school marquees, to raise awareness about how state-level budget issues are affecting their schools. Over 400 district leaders have joined the effort.
A new accountability system adopted this week by the Arizona State Board of Education will use an A-F scale to rate K-12 schools. Under the system, there will be separate rubrics for elementary and high schools, and both will be tied to state test results, plus other factors such as absenteeism in the elementary schools and college and career readiness in the high schools.
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