Students who need academic interventions often lose out when schools make schedules, researchers have found. Schools should consider student equity at an operational level to ensure that all learners have access to high-quality teachers and smaller classes, and new data tools can help them identify problems and plan better for the future.
Some Kansas schools adopted the Summit Learning program, a Web-based personalized learning initiative funded by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. Response to the implementation has been mixed, with some students expressing frustration or issues with the program and other students saying they like the self-directed style of learning.
Eleven colleges have joined the University Innovation Alliance's experiment to use predictive analytics to share data. Leaders involved with the experiment discuss what they have learned and how they are using data for student interventions aimed at increasing graduation rates.
Lawmakers in Georgia, Texas and West Virginia have passed legislation to require special-education classrooms to be outfitted with cameras. The efforts are aimed at safeguarding against potential abuse among students who may not be able to advocate for themselves.
Some high-school students are turning the camera on themselves as they react to whether they have been admitted to colleges and then sharing those video on social media, including YouTube. In some videos, students are seen being rejected from schools of their choice and in others, some are celebrating their acceptance.
An Indiana school district changed its approach to professional development, guided largely by teachers' own feedback and needs. Michele Eaton, the district's director of virtual and blended learning, says part of the overhaul included a focus on a prior failed approach to PD.
An outtake from a student-produced video that was part of an American government project at a Georgia high school recently went viral. In the video, students -- who were disciplined, school officials say -- were seen making negative remarks about Mexicans.
In this blog post, Naphtali Hoff, president of Impactful Coaching & Consulting, describes what effective delegation looks like. Hoff writes that rather than shifting work to someone else, delegation includes trust and empowerment as well as building capacity in others.
English teachers and librarians at Virginia Western Community College noticed that textbook costs were a burden for many students, so they developed a free "open textbook" for the English 111 class. The book, "Let's Get Writing," took two years to develop and is available online for free.
Most educators fall into one of four categories regarding use of technology in the classroom, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University. Researchers found that some teachers are comfortable with technology and are ready to take on more; reluctant to use technology; eager to use technology in lectures; and comfortable using technology for drills and practice in subjects such as reading and math.
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