The Maine Department of Education is planning to expand career and technical education programs into middle schools over the next two years. However, the plan faces obstacles such as labor laws that prevent young students from working in kitchens or preschools.
Some colleges and universities, especially in rural areas, report difficulties recruiting and hiring instructors to teach dual-enrollment classes after the Higher Learning Commission began requiring teachers to have a master's degree. Some states, such as Ohio, are spending millions of dollars to help teachers gain their credentials, while others have begun mentoring programs.
Diversity must be "a strategic pillar" for college and university leaders, and students, faculty and administration should be allowed to have a voice in the process, writes Ron Pressman, CEO of TIAA Institutional Financial Services. In this commentary, Pressman offers five insights on promoting diversity and how each has helped institutions improve.
Leaders who admit their mistakes and take responsibility show self-awareness and strength, notes John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "Leaders accomplish very little by themselves -- they survive or fail on the actions of those they lead," he says.
Alabama middle-school principal Anita Clarke says she believes in the power of educators to influence students' futures. Clarke, who was recently honored with a local humanitarian award, says she works to show students she believes in them and sets high expectations for them.
Three New York state school districts are sharing a $322,000 National Education Association grant to revamp its teacher-mentoring program as well as add training on racial and social justice issues. Researchers from the University of Albany will help develop, support and evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot program.
Create a list of six functional skills that you possess and another list of up to five achievements, suggests author Andrea Kay. Other career investment strategies include scheduling a networking activity and asking your manager what he or she reads to keep up on industry news.
South Carolina schools have seen about 9% of teachers leave the classroom over the past two years, according to a report from the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement. Vacancies are reported highest for teachers in early education, math, science and special education.
The National Head Start Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers have released a free 100-page toolkit to help school districts comply with a federal law that requires them to coordinate efforts with early-childhood providers. The toolkit is designed to offer guidance for creating the required written agreement.
A Nebraska lawmaker has introduced a measure that would allow the state's voters to abolish the state board of education. The measure's sponsor, Sen. John Murante, is proposing giving control of the education department to the governor, but opponents say such a move would give citizens less input on education.
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