A Virginia school district has expanded its Spanish-language immersion program into two middle schools by offering a US history class for sixth-graders in Spanish. Next year, more immersion history classes will be added, and seventh-graders will learn science in Spanish.
The percentage of nonwhite, tenure-track faculty members at South Carolina's Clemson University has grown from 22.6% in 2016 to 25.3% last year, but data show that, overall, the faculty remains predominantly white and male. University officials have pledged to increase recruitment of diverse faculty but say their rural location and competition for candidates of color have slowed their progress.
Illinois high-school principal Chris Becker credits the hard work of teachers and parents to build relationships with students and develop the school's culture for an increase in graduation rates from 86% in 2017 to 92% in 2018. Becker says struggling students get more personalized help through their Student Assistance Program.
West Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill that would provide a one-time, $2,000 bonus to teachers who complete specialized math courses and teach math more than 60% of the time in a classroom. Critics say the move would cause a pay disparity between subject areas, but State Superintendent Steven Paine says it could serve as a pilot program and be expanded to other subjects.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little is recommending a 3.3% budget increase for the Division of Career Technical Education for the fiscal year 2020, with some of the extra funds going to boost technical education for middle-school students. The Idaho State Board of Education has set a goal for 60% of residents between ages 24 and 34 to have a postsecondary degree or certification by 2025.
A New York elementary school is using "Math Mats" to provide a multisensory learning experience for basic math skills such as fractions and math facts. Fourth-grade teacher George Di-Giovanni said he uses the mats to introduce new concepts for an engaging, visual learning experience.
Jennifer Moss says she'll be "in the trenches" with teachers building relationships with them and the students when she takes her new position as principal of a West Virginia middle school in July. Moss, who currently serves as assistant principal at another school, says she will help teachers cultivate their strengths and uncover their passion for education.
The effects of emotionally charged communication linger long after a message is delivered, writes David Nielson. He suggests considering the intended effect of a communication, taking a break and editing before sending and avoiding the visual crutch of bolding or underlining.
Engage in conversation at networking events rather than quickly shaking hands, handing out business cards and going to the next person, Zack Friedman explains. The purpose of networking events is to meet new people and build long-term connections.
Students at a Massachusetts school are learning about the importance of recycling and how to reuse materials in their computer and economics classes. Students made presentations and informational display boards about how to separate common household items for recycling.
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