William Carey University in Mississippi will waive tuition for a professional development course that counts toward a Mississippi Educator License to help ease an ongoing teacher shortage. Preference will be given to practicing teachers or those up for a license renewal.
Alabama has created a web-based initiative to give parents of preschoolers tools and resources to boost early-childhood learning. "The Born Ready movement is going to bolster our state's economic growth by ensuring every child has the resources they need to reach their full potential," said Jeremy Arthur of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.
Students and teachers at three middle schools in Long Beach, Calif., wanted to do something about the amount of plastic waste at their schools. After a year of research, hard work and outreach, they held the school district's first Green Summit last month to educate schools and stakeholders about how to recycle plastic waste.
Unaddressed conflict at work can lead to hard feelings and even becoming enemies with the other person, writes Marlene Chism. Self-awareness helps, as you can recognize your feelings and address the situation rather than sink into your biases.
Students with special needs, students qualifying for free or reduced-price meals and English-language learners are more likely than their peers to report their schools have mental health services to support them, according to a YouthTruth analysis of fifth-through 12th-grade students in 18 states. Students with special needs and those who do not identify as male or female also are more likely to report having thoughts of suicide in the past year.
Fayette County Public Schools in Kentucky wants to better prepare middle-school students for success in high school and beyond, so the district has implemented a number of changes at its middle schools. The main goal is to introduce students to various career paths and job skills at an earlier age, so students can now learn skills such as CPR and dog-grooming, and earn industry certifcations.
Language arts and social studies students in a Michigan high school this month will begin learning about journalism and digital video production in a mock newsroom. The class will cover writing, filming, editing and post-production work, according to Christopher Kunder, a social studies teacher and program instructor, with student-created stories posted to a future website.
Teachers in special education, Hawaiian-language immersion and rural schools could be in line for pay differentials under a proposal Hawaii Gov. David Ige will announce this week. The proposal aims to address shortages in hard-to-fill instructional areas.
Students taking Advanced Placement Physics at a Portland, Maine, high school have been using flying toy pigs in their study of circular motion and centripetal forces. Teacher Rosalee Lamm said students are encouraged to apply their math skills with their knowledge gained from life and what they learn in class to understand more about the physical world.
School leaders can build collective efficacy as individuals, team members and co-learners among school staff, writes instructional coach and educational consultant Beate Planche in this blog post. "When school leaders and school staff work in a manner that demonstrates that 'we are in this together,' a sense of efficacy --- a belief that we can make a difference --- grows for both individuals and a collective who are committed to the same goals," Planche writes.