South Carolina, under its new Every Student Succeeds Act accountability plan, will resume releasing report cards for schools and include new data such as how schools in the state compare nationally. The state had stopped issuing report cards in 2014 while it was changing its standardized testing.
New York principal Kathleen Murray says she wants to build a "collaborative connection" with principals of other area schools to support the prekindergarten and kindergarten students her school educates. Murray, a former assistant principal and special-education teacher, says she will introduce mindfulness practices and help students learn how to share and work together.
Leadership is about listening, having the right people around you and knowing when to make changes, says Melissa Spicer, CEO of Clear Path for Veterans. "A great leader appreciates everybody that gets them to where they're going and inspires others to do the same," she says.
Digital change is more successful when employees receive meaningful information throughout the process about how to adapt, writes Patti Sanchez, chief strategy officer at Duarte. "In the midst of a transformation, every interaction has the potential to become a useful teaching moment -- especially when you give your managers tools to overcome resistance and reinforce desired behaviors," she writes.
A teacher-residency program set to be launched this month by the Mississippi Department of Education will recruit 35 candidates to receive undergraduate tuition, mentoring and placement in select school districts. Candidates must agree to remain teachers in the state for at least three years to enter the program.
Building a classroom library that reflects the cultures of students can improve engagement in learning, Meredith Kimi Lewis, program specialist in Seattle Public Schools, writes in this blog post. She shares how her students helped her build a diverse library by coming up with categories of books they wanted and finding titles that fit them.
A new pilot faculty hiring program at the University of California, Davis will focus on eight candidates' commitment to diversity instead of their academic specialty. The pilot, which will run simultaneously during a traditional search for 45 other faculty members, aims to "accelerate the diversification of our faculty," said Philip Kass, vice provost for academic affairs.
States are providing more need-based aid to college students, with a report from the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs showing a 52.2% increase in such funds from 2006-07 to 2016-17. The data also showed that grants based on other criteria grew 21.9% over the past decade.
Experts estimate that by 2021, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions worldwide, forcing companies to come up with alternative solutions to address data protection. AI tools offer one way for companies to recognize and potentially prevent data breaches.
Children who are obese are more likely than their healthy-weight peers to be uninterested in schoolwork and to struggle to cope with stressful situations, according to a preliminary study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics' annual meeting. Researchers asked nearly 23,000 parents and caregivers of 10- to 17-year-olds about "flourishing" indicators, including doing required homework and showing interest in learning new things, and noted these factors could be influenced by social stigma.