K-12 education experts say some of the top concerns for district leaders implementing the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act center on such areas as testing and fair distribution of funding. Jeff Simering, director of legislative services for the Council of the Great City Schools, says he expects leaders to have more questions as states finalize their accountability plans.
Virtual reality tools are becoming a more affordable and faster way for employers to provide new hires with training that deepens expertise, write Tony DeMarinis, Lynne Calligaro, Cary Harr and Joe Mariani. VR allows trainees to work through scenarios in potentially dangerous or expensive settings such as refineries, wind turbines and chemical facilities.
Organizations that make the most progress incorporating diversity into their mission are those that have the full support of top leaders, says Joelle Emerson, CEO of consulting company Paradigm. In this Q&A, Emerson notes the most effective leaders are those who prioritize diversity and hold workers accountable for achieving that goal.
Poor professional development for teachers and lack of home internet access for students are among the reasons teachers struggle to integrate technology in their classroom, Brendon Hyndman writes in this commentary. Training sessions aimed at addressing different tech scenarios and a community that lets teachers share practices can help ease this process, Hyndman says.
This article includes ideas from experts and education leaders as well as examples of innovation and leadership as the new school year begins. Ideas include seeking coaching, strengthening relationships and shadowing students.
More than 90% of school district leaders across the country say their top priority for education technology is to personalize learning for students, according to a survey from the Center for Digital Education. The survey also reveals that about three-quarters of districts offer blended-learning options and more educators are expressing concern about student data and privacy issues.
LinkedIn and other social networks have become far more important than resumes for landing a job, Kathryn Vasel writes. Resumes have become less than 10% of the hiring process, says Macy Andrews, senior director of HR at Cisco.
College and university leaders can improve decision-making by creating an elected university senate made up of stakeholders including faculty, staff and students, writes Scott Cowen, president emeritus of Tulane University. In this commentary, he outlines how this model of shared governance can produce both enthusiasm and results.
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner says he wants to allow certified teachers from Connecticut and Massachusetts to be able to assume hard-to-fill teacher vacancies in his state. Wagner says he's also in favor of fast-tracking certification for English-as-a-second-language teachers by providing them an endorsement instead of full certification.
New academic standards in computer science were approved by the New Hampshire State Board of Education. The standards, which will go into effect over the next few years, will focus on building technical skills such as data analysis and coding.