Students who take Advanced Placement exams improve their learning and achievement, writes education columnist Jay Mathews. In this commentary, he mentions Gregg Robertson, principal of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va., who says that students who know there will be an exam at the end of a course are more committed to mastering the subject.
Member institutions of The Council of Independent Colleges are now offering students the chance to enroll in discounted online courses through its partnership with College Consortium. CIC President Richard Ekman says the goal is to help smaller colleges without online resources boost retention and graduation rates.
An Illinois school district is among 20 suburban districts in the state to adopt the "Project B3" digital citizenship program that has eighth-graders teaching the curriculum to their peers and younger students. The program -- which has the core message of "Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Kind" -- is part of the district's launch of a one-to-one Chromebook initiative three years ago.
A teacher in Tennessee created a free website to help his students understand physics, but the site has been used by students in 49 states and 40 countries. Jack Replinger said he developed the interactive website to make his science lessons more engaging and exciting for students.
Ongoing professional learning is the key to recruiting and retaining millennial teachers, said Emily Poag of the Delaware Academy for School Leadership at the University of Delaware. At a recent conference, Poag offered insight into millennials to school principals and hiring managers, including their desire for work-life balance and ongoing conversations about performance.
Eighth-graders at a California middle school gather twice a week to discuss issues of inequity and justice as part of the Equity and Activism Project. Teacher Katherine Sanford leads the students in discussions about issues such as prisons, immigration, slavery and affordable housing.
The US Education Department, for the first time, is included on a top 10 list of government departments being sued under the Freedom of Information Act, according to data from the FOIA Project. Most of the lawsuits were filed by nonprofits and media agencies seeking information on Title IX investigations and student loans, the data show.
Some business schools, including Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, are using technology to give online MBA students virtual face-to-face connections with other students. The moves come as US Education Department data show a 42% increase in the number of online or remote MBA programs in the US during the five years leading up to the 2016-17 school year.
Students at a Missouri high school are learning math concepts and construction skills through a Geometry in Construction course. The school is partnering with a community organization, offering students a hands-on opportunity to build a 20-by-16-foot house that will be sold or rented to a low-income family.
Rural school principals are more likely than their urban counterparts to quit their jobs or leave the profession as the demands of the job grow, a recent study shows. Education officials in Colorado are working to stem their shortage by preparing individuals from local communities to fill the jobs and offering them extra support and training.
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