The US Education Department has released a guide intended to help parents better understand the changes made under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says the "Dear Parent" letter will make it easier for parents to understand the law and how it is being implemented.
A Colorado middle school is one of two schools in the state teaching students how to fly drones. As part of the Flight and Space class, students are learning about federal regulations and other aeronautical information as they conduct missions in the cafeteria with their drones.
Neeli Bendapudi, president of the University of Louisville in Kentucky, says new leaders can't "wave a magic wand" and make changes, but they must set the tone and lead by example. She says she will seek to create "a culture of transparency, accountability" and make sure people don't forget about the institution's mission.
Massachusetts principal Tara Barnes says she'll be spending more time out of the office and in classrooms where she can gather more data for evaluations and teacher coaching. Barnes, who recently received her own coaching on time management, says her new schedule also will help her provide better feedback to parents.
Employees will doubt the sincerity of praise if it's delivered in the same breath as corrective feedback, writes Jennifer V. Miller. "Before you chat with team members, give thought to the types of information you're about to impart to ensure your message is on point," she writes.
Design a personal well-being plan for instances where workplace stress becomes overwhelming, including identifying what your stress triggers are, symptoms of stress, stress relievers and trusted people to share with during tough times. Avoid escaping stress with drugs or alcohol, and instead face these issues head-on to move past them, suggests Patrice O'Brien.
Public input is being sought on changes to Hawaii's student misconduct and discipline code after the state board of education voted to gather feedback. One of the revisions would upgrade bullying in intermediate and high schools from a Class B to a Class A offense, but consequences for infractions would remain the purview of school administrators.
Language arts teachers Leesa Robertson, Barbara Haight and Linda Lobue had all their seventh- and eighth-grade students at a Hawaii middle school perform poems during the annual Literacy Night. Students spent three weeks learning about poetry and how to perform their pieces, an activity that helps connect students to the oral storytelling culture of the island.
College and university chief diversity officers should be working closely with chief financial officers to "intentionally fund and support" campus diversity efforts, says Clyde Wilson Pickett, chief diversity officer for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. During a recent retreat hosted by the system, he said such partnerships can help retain both students and faculty.
Sixth-grader Natalie Hartland got her Ohio school to offer an exploratory club for students interested in writing. She wrote a letter to her principal last year asking for the club and outlining the benefits that such a program could offer to students.