Students at two Oregon middle schools are provided with free after-school tutoring if they are struggling in math or language arts. At one school, counselors and instructional assistants identify and contact parents of students who would benefit from the program, held twice a week and taught by certified teachers.
Colorado high-school principal Tharyn Mulberry will be inducted into the hall of fame at a school he formerly led in recognition of his six years of leadership there. Mulberry, who now leads a different school, helped to turn around his former school by introducing AP classes and boosting academic rigor, a member of the selection committee said.
One California county is working to address a teacher shortage by expanding its teacher-training program and opening up a facility. Rep. Mike Thompson says the state faces a teacher shortage and pending decisions on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could affect the nearly 5,000 teachers enrolled in the program and could exacerbate the problem.
Members of the Santa Fe, N.M., school board this week voted down a proposal that would explore affordable housing options for teachers. Board President Steven Carrillo floated the idea to alleviate a teacher shortage, but other board members felt the move should be left to county and city officials.
An Indiana school has added a weekly science, technology, engineering and math class to its rotation of enrichment courses for fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Students will work on special projects led by their STEM teacher or complete hands-on activities related to what they are learning in science and math, according to principal Renee Judy.
At least 14 states are using science as part of their Every Student Succeeds Act accountability plan to measure school quality and success, and at least five are using it as a measure of academic rigor. The law requires states to test students in science at least three times, once each during elementary, middle and high school.
College and university marketing leaders can most effectively use committees to tell the institution's story if members have a clear purpose and are willing to share their work, writes Tim Jones, the chief communications and integrated marketing officer at Beloit College in Wisconsin. In this commentary, he outlines how such committees have worked at his school, even when members don't always agree.
Estimates indicate that protecting businesses from cyberattacks will take more than 1 million more cybersecurity experts. A better approach, given the shortage in expertise, would be to ensure that all IT departments are trained to recognize and potentially stop cyberthreats before they happen, writes Mac McMillan, president and CEO of consulting firm CynergisTek.
There are four key factors that create obstacles to a positive work environment for teachers, according to a report by the nonprofit 100Kin10. They include limited resources for professional development and a belief that student learning and teacher growth cannot be prioritized together.
Kansas high-school assistant principal James O'Brien says he believes his job is to build connections with students so they will take ownership of their own learning. O'Brien, who has been named the Area IV Assistant Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals, says he's honored by the award but that more people should be recognized for their dedication.
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