Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 11 years, has succeeded in getting community support to raise teacher salaries and other referendums by being forthright about data and results. "[L]ead with the results, lead from a perspective of benefiting the students and the stakeholders of education, engage the business community," he says in this Q&A.
School leaders can benefit from best practices used to promote academic success at historically black colleges and universities, according to a report from the United Negro College Fund. Among the best practice suggested are pairing students with faculty members to develop a support system, recruiting strong advisors and diverse teachers, and setting high expectations for students.
Clifton Middle School's Hippie Bots robotics team will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge Barcelona Championship as the only US entrants. Team members, who will be facing off against competitors in high school and even college, learn every aspect of creating a robot and work together to bring it from idea to reality.
The US Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case involving the use of funding from a Montana tax credit for scholarships to religious schools. The state has since discontinued the tax-credit program, but litigation is ongoing for cases from the 2018 tax year, and a decision by the high court is expected in June.
Southern New Hampshire University president Paul LeBlanc has personally endorsed US presidential hopeful Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., stating that Bennet's education policies are in line with his, while president Jerry Falwell Jr. of Liberty University has spoken out repeatedly in support of President Donald Trump. Both leaders say that speaking out politically dovetails with their leadership roles, and neither has noticed any negative repercussions for their schools as a result.
Students at Pennsylvania's Easton Area Middle School held a career expo this week to show their families and younger students how they plan to pursue their dream careers. Participants in the school's gifted program created posters and other visual representations of the professions they want to pursue, including astrophysics, architecture and neurology.
A recent proposal by the West Virginia state education board that would reduce the number of social studies credits required for graduation has met with a "vigorous response" from the public, the board said in a statement. "You trade depth of knowledge for surface information," said Paula Kerner, who teaches civics at Capital High School, adding that depth "is what students need to analyze things, to compare, to get a global perspective."
Virtual reality is helping students with autism at Prior's Court School in England adapt to challenging situations by using headsets that present scenarios such as flying on a plane or shopping in a mall. "The VR sets allow them to experience new realities and probably help them transition when they have to face a new place," says the school's computing instructor, Nuno Guerreiro.
Using animals for dissection in science classes requires lab space and raises ethical and religious issues for certain students, so some educators are using digital dissection tables and synthetic frogs as alternatives. Students can cut and extract tissue from the fake frogs, while virtual dissection tables provide greater detail of images.
Angela Hairston, the first African-American superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina, has started her tenure addressing issues such as the off-campus shooting of a student and another student who had a gun in his backpack in her first weeks on the job. In addition to school safety, Hairston is working on a mentoring program for students and addressing equity concerns, including disagreement over whether an African American history course should be mandatory.
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