Tennessee school district superintendent John Aitken began his nearly four-decade-long career as a math teacher and coach and says that, as he retires, it's interaction with the students that he will miss the most. He says he hopes that his successor is able to "concentrate on kids, students, relationships with all of the staff members and continue to build on the positive."
The proliferation of social media, text messaging and other tech-based communication platforms means law firms must take new approaches to e-discovery, writes Robert Cruz. He explains why "identity mapping" is important and notes some of the challenges it presents.
Students in Connecticut who experience trauma may go on to be designated by their schools as having an "emotional disturbance," a designation linked to a higher likelihood of suspension and expulsion, a report from Connecticut Public Radio finds. Black students are far more likely than others to receive the designation, and the disciplinary actions that often result can affect them for life, according to the National Center for Special Education Research.
City and school officials in Denver have launched a program that provides those ages 12 to 18 with free transit passes, available on their smartphones, to use over the summer. Officials will monitor the data to see how students use the pass and build an argument for offering it during the school year, which would benefit students who attend schools outside their assigned area.
A Cengage survey found that a majority of recent college graduates say they believe they will be able to pay off their student loans within six years, but federal data show it takes an average of 20 years to repay loans between $20,000 and $40,000. Despite that, 80% of graduates expressed optimism about their future.
Colleges and universities should forgo old lecture-style modes and move toward personalized learning and the use of technology to create collaborative experiences for students, writes Maryville University President Mark Lombardi. In this commentary, he outlines how the Active Learning Ecosystem they implemented in 2014 has transformed student learning.
Investor and alumnus Frank Sands has donated $68 million to the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia to fund initiatives including professorships and a lifelong learning program. The record-setting gift is part of the university's effort to raise $5 billion by 2025.
A report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that lower-income students who were in ninth grade in 2006 were more likely to begin their college career at two-year schools in 2016 than their wealthier peers. The data also show 37% of high-income students first enrolled in a highly selective school, compared with only 7% of students from low-income families.