Massachusetts school district Superintendent Thomas Anderson recently toured more than 200 classrooms to learn how the central office can offer better support to schools. Anderson, who is in his first year on the job, says he will hold "visioning" meetings and invite parents, staff, students and community members to participate.
A critical shortage of teachers in subjects including math and English has prompted one West Virginia education official to suggest ways to improve teacher certification. Michele Blatt, assistant superintendent for support and accountability for the state's education department, says teachers need more support and state certification tests should be improved to attract additional educators.
The Utah State Board of Education this week voted to spend nearly $600,000 on contracts with firms to handle marketing and public relations for the board. Chief of Staff Tiffany Stanley says much of the money will be spent on a campaign to introduce the board's strategic plan to the public in 2019.
More colleges and universities are focusing on recruiting and retaining faculty of color to improve diversity on campus, but more actions are needed, writes Kate Webster, director of student diversity and multicultural affairs at Rush University. Leaders must focus on creating a culture on campus that welcomes not just people from diverse backgrounds, but diversity of thought, she asserts in this commentary.
Students at a Georgia middle school raised rainbow trout and then released them into a local river as part of a hands-on science lesson that taught students about ecosystems. As the fish grew, students changed water and measured chemical levels in the tank daily.
Fourth-grade teachers at a North Dakota school had their classes collectively write books that were published as hardcovers. Each student had two pages to write in the book based on a class theme, such as what they want to be when they grow up and superheroes who represent the goals of the school's social and emotional program.
Higher-education marketing leaders should use advertising to "move from attention to memory" by sparking an emotional reaction from those who view their campaigns, writes Christopher Huebner, assistant director for online presence at the University of South Carolina. In this blog post, he asserts that any ad that provokes a memory will have a more lasting effect on those who see it.
A better way to think about resolutions is to look at the process of being better instead of focusing on outcomes, says John Baldoni in this video and blog post. "Being better for me means being a more supportive friend, relative or colleague, being there without being asked -- that is, where's the need to pitch in without being asked?" he says.
The US Department of Education will release a plan to help teachers who have been hit with large debts because of problems with the TEACH Grant program. The move comes after it was discovered that some teachers who complied with the requirements of the program had their grants wrongly converted to loans because of paperwork mishaps.
Georgia middle-school principal Joey Millwood says it's the principal's responsibility to "set the tone" for the school and convey to students and staff that they care. Millwood, who once was a teacher and assistant principal at the school, says he feels it's his job to help both teachers and students enjoy learning.