The California State Board of Education has approved 10 textbooks that align with a 2011 law requiring history-social sciences texts to provide fair representation of minorities, including those based on religion and sexual orientation. School districts can choose their own textbooks, but they still must meet the state standards, officials say.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 2.4% of American workers voluntarily left their jobs in July, which is the highest rate since April 2001. Employees leave their jobs for many reasons, including compensation or lack of growth, but things like modern networking make it easier for employees to find and change jobs.
One Indiana school district is addressing a teacher shortage by hiring more long-term qualified substitutes with emergency licenses and boosting pay and benefits to attract more educators. Leaders say they're finding many of their substitutes are now pursuing their licenses as full-time teachers.
Many mobile apps licensed by schools go unused, according to a study co-authored by Ryan Baker, director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Learning Analytics. The findings show that districts may not be getting their money's worth for the licenses, since many of the apps promise results only with regular usage and they found that a median of 97.6% of licenses were not used "intensively."
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.