A Florida middle school will start a robotics class next year as an outgrowth of its after-school competitive robotics team. The school district plans to expand robotics clubs, while other middle schools integrate robotics lessons in technology and other courses.
During confirmation hearings last week, US Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta said overtime rules need to be updated and that the Obama administration's salary threshold of $47,476 was too high. Acosta also questioned whether the department had the authority to increase the threshold by more than the rate of inflation.
Fourth-graders at an Indiana school wrote and acted in a play based on a three-book series they read in class. Teacher Kourtney Cox said her students asked to write the play to highlight key events in the series about a popular middle-grades educator.
After reading a book about "scrapping" during World War II, Amanda Purdy's third-grade class at an Oklahoma elementary school used Skype to connect with the National World War II Museum in Louisiana and began a recycling campaign. The students posted their projects on social media and were featured as the Class of the Month on the museum's blog.
Faculty search committees should have contingency plans if their top candidates are unavailable to take the job, writes Matt Reed, vice president for learning at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey. Re-opening a job or another plan can reduce the cost of making a bad hire or having to form a new committee, he suggests.
College and university leaders who are deeply knowledgeable about their institution's data can inspire confidence and unite stakeholders around a common vision, Missouri State University President Clifton Smart writes in this commentary. The best leaders will use that data to tell compelling stories that can improve enrollment, donations and strategic planning, he suggests.
Colleges and universities can protect themselves from phishing attacks targeting W-2 records by alerting human resources and accounting departments and educating others on campus about the threat, security expert Stu Sjouwerman writes. Also, any received phishing emails should be reported to the IRS, he notes.
Take advantage of your emotions when making a decision, says John Baldoni in this video and blog post. Try writing down the possible decisions on small pieces of paper, selecting one from a bowl and measuring your reaction, knowing that you can always go another direction.
School leaders should encourage and allow teachers to take risks and work together to improve learning, author and former principal Peter DeWitt writes in this blog post. Leaders also should implement changes systematically, ensure that teachers are involved and the program fits the school culture, he suggests.
School districts in Florida, Illinois and Utah have increased IT security, especially during testing times, to prevent distributed-denial-of-service attacks that can disrupt networks. Officials say firewalls and tools that monitor the network and drop "bad traffic" have been effective in preventing DDoS attacks.
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