A policy to reduce the minimum number of credit hours for graduation to 22 from 24 has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Education. The plan, which is set to take effect in the next school year, also makes changes to the grading scale and other requirements.
Some research shows that teachers pause for 0.9 seconds after asking a question. In this blog post, John McCarthy, an education consultant and advocate for student voice, makes a case -- and offers tips -- for providing more processing time when asking questions.
Seventh- and eighth-graders in technology classes at a Minnesota school learned about stop-motion animation as they filmed short videos. Students first developed storyboards for their productions, and then used filmmaking apps, a green screen and Legos to create their 15- to 20-second scenes.
Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson says the state has resubmitted its Every Student Succeeds Act school accountability plan to the US Education Department after making changes to address a federal request for data on academic achievement and other areas. Watson on Tuesday told the state board of education that he expects the plan to be approved this month.
Shifting immigration policies and travel bans have created a "chilling effect" on efforts by US higher education to bring in international researchers and faculty, says Risa Lieberwitz, American Association of University Professors' general counsel. Attendance at US academic conferences also could be affected, Lieberwitz says, making collaboration more difficult for researchers.
Colleges and universities can move away from a reliance on tenure-track faculty by hiring more full-time faculty with longer contracts and providing flexible work policies, write University of Southern California professor Adrianna Kezar along with research associates Daniel Scott and Hannah Yang. In this commentary, they share the research behind their recommendations.
A leader's voice has many parts, including the ability to share vision, be clear so employees stay focused and connect with others by telling compelling stories and showing appreciation, writes Amy Jen Su, managing partner of Paravis Partners. "Use each situation as an opportunity to access more parts of your voice, rather than having a one-size-fits-all approach," she writes.
University of Missouri System President Mun Choi is reporting progress with the institution's goal of hiring more faculty members from underrepresented minority groups. After hiring 17 new African-American and Hispanic faculty members in 2017, Choi says African-Americans now make up 3.7% of faculty and Hispanic faculty account for 4.5%.
North Carolina high-school principal John Williams says his goal is to give his students at the alternative school a fair chance to succeed. Williams, who credits his own success to others who encouraged him, has been named the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools 2017 Principal of the Year.
A state committee made up of lawmakers, superintendents and other stakeholders is recommending pay increases and other support to help stem a growing teacher shortage in South Carolina. The committee put forward 29 recommendations for the state legislature aimed at recruiting and retaining teachers.