An Arizona school district will hire a coordinator to guide students from seventh grade to graduation under the federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs -- or GEAR UP -- grant. The district already has one coordinator in place under the grant working with the Class of 2020 whose job is to support students' needs, from finding housing to providing tutoring services.
New York school district Superintendent Christopher Swiatek says his wide-ranging experience of being a teacher, a military veteran and a small-business owner gives him the wisdom he needs to relate to different people and lead the district. Swiatek says his goal is to boost academic achievement to attract more students to the rural district.
Employee-development plans are unlikely to improve engagement, retention and critical skills unless managers are involved in the process on an ongoing basis, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "[T]he magic and value lie not with the plan but with the planning process -- the relationship and conversation that continually clarify goals, strengths, interests and values in service of employee growth," she writes.
A few dozen students at an Iowa middle school organized a walkout on Election Day in support of transgender rights. Students walked 2 miles from their school to a traditional protest location on the University of Iowa campus to influence college students as they headed to class or campus polling locations.
One Kansas school district this week held its first-ever college fair aimed at attracting students, substitutes and community members to become teachers through programs at state and regional colleges. The high school already has a "Grow Your Own" program and Deputy Superintendent Heath Hogan said long-term shortages could be curbed if 10 to 15 students completed the program each year.
Education leaders in Colorado say they'll need the support of their new governor and lawmakers to fund education after voters rejected a statewide tax measure that would have provided $1.6 billion a year for schools. The measure would have funded many areas of education, including full-day kindergarten and programs for students with disabilities.
Nine states are using their Every Student Succeeds Act accountability plans to apply separate academic growth measurements to evaluate low-performing student groups, according to a policy paper from the National Association of State Boards of Education. Mississippi and Wyoming will use these measurements to incentivize schools to provide more resources to help low-performing students, NASBE associate editor Joseph Hedger said.
Fourth- and fifth-grade teachers at a Nevada school this year are implementing the first piece of the national Advancement Via Individual Determination program by teaching students organizational skills. The system includes a special binder with places to write assignment due dates and colored folders to organize assignments that need work or that can be turned in.
Faculty development programs should offer professors a chance to reflect on big-picture ideas as well as to improve in areas such as classroom management and syllabus preparation, says W. Gardner Campbell, an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. In this Q&A, Campbell also emphasizes that faculty members need the opportunity to collaborate and network across departments.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions' tendered his resignation on Wednesday and has left his mark on education policy in the country. Sessions disputed Obama administration-era guidelines on affirmative action and on protections for transgender students.