College and university leaders will need to develop innovative strategies to grow enrollment and revenue, plus handle disruptive forces such as technology and government policies, according to a report from professional services firm Grant Thornton. The report also outlines ways for leaders to form public-private partnerships and maximize use of campus facilities.
Librarian Jonna Palmer and teacher Trish Manwaring organized having their entire California middle school read the same book to help improve school culture and connections among students and staff. In this blog post, they share how they selected the title, got buy-in from all teachers, structured the program and helped support struggling readers.
Students from two Pennsylvania fifth-grade classes recently competed with one another in the "24 Game" that challenges students to come up with different ways to use numbers on cards to come up with 24. Teacher Colby Derr says the game enhances strategy and mental math skills.
The Texas State Board of Education is set to vote Friday to finalize statewide academic standards for a Mexican-American course for high-school students. The board this week gave preliminary approval to the standards after changing the name to "Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent."
Diversity provides real advantages to organizations by allowing for a greater range of viewpoints and insights, asserts Sunnie Giles, founder of Quantum Leadership Group. "As you lead your organization to radical innovation, it's your job to make it safe for everyone to voice their opinions and ensure diversity of thought so that your team can solve problems with fresh perspectives and minimize collective error," Giles writes.
To increase efficiency, school leaders should take time to assess the efficacy of noninstructional technology by involving teachers, administrators, IT personnel and other stakeholders, write K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers. In this blog post, they outline 10 steps to studying current technology usage and making recommendations.
While minorities make up 35% of the student body in Massachusetts, only 8% of the teaching workforce are minorities, according to state data. Several factors complicate the recruitment and retention process, including salaries and competition for minority educators, some experts suggest.
A new Illinois law will allow educators who hold out-of-state licenses to gain their teaching credentials in the state if they have completed an education program comparable to state standards. Gov. Bruce Rauner said the measure "will help our schools meet shortages and fill other academic needs."
Some Kansas fourth-grade students recently met with musher Steve Watkins from the Alaska Iditarod after using the dog race to learn about math and geography. During the race, students calculated how long it took mushers to reach their checkpoints, while Watkins said he also uses the race to teach students about persistence and goal-setting.