Disappointed by low attendance at PTA meetings, New Jersey middle-school principal Michael Gaskell started using technology to bring the meetings to parents remotely. In this commentary, he writes that after making the switch, "attendance" grew from about a dozen parents in person to 276 viewers who used the online feed during this year's first PTA meeting.
California's new Online Community College will focus on enrolling 2.5 million "stranded" adult workers in the state ages 25 and older, says California Community Colleges System Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. The online school features flexible start times, low tuition and competency-based courses to help adult learners earn their degree, Oakley says.
Some research suggests that chronic anxiety could be categorized as a learning disorder, Daniel Barron, a resident psychiatrist at Yale University, writes in this blog post. Barron spoke with Michael Browning, a practicing psychiatrist, who says the key to investigating this issue may be a measurement of learning rate -- similar to how physicians measure blood pressure.
An educator in a Minnesota school district has resigned following backlash stemming from a threatening comment she made on social media about newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Officials say the employee did not use school equipment to post the message on Twitter and was not working at the time.
Pushing teachers to integrate technology into their instruction is a flawed approach, according to researcher Beth Holland. In this blog post, Holland says it's important to understand why they are reluctant and offers three steps to help them embrace digital tools.
Top teachers in a Delaware school district are offered clear pathways for advancement and leadership opportunities, asserts Peter Leida, an assistant superintendent at Colonial School District. In this commentary, he describes how the district keeps good teachers by creating instructional coach positions, involving them in an aspiring leader program and equipping teachers to lead professional development.
An Arkansas school district is investigating a photo shared widely on social media that appears to be a high-school female in blackface. Superintendent Donnie Whitten says privacy laws prevent the release of further information, and some in the community say they hope the incident sparks additional conversation, awareness and education about racially insensitive content.
One New Jersey school district is mandating that teachers and students abstain from using any technology, including school-issued Chromebooks, for four days during the school year. Teachers say on tech-free days they'll use card and board games as well as outdoor activities to keep students engaged.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation have pledged to pay for new water stations and water filtration for the Flint, Mich., school district. Both the tech entrepreneur and the district suggested that additional donations could be made.
Some colleges and universities are using digital tools to provide mental health information and assistance to students. Colorado State University is using the YOU at College platform, which offers articles, tips and surveys called "Reality Checks" that help students identify areas where they have room to grow.