Michigan high-school principal Dan Holden says he's excited that his staff and faculty want to take "ownership" of the school and its improvement efforts. Holden, a former athletic director, says he'll seek to build on the professional learning communities that already have been established at his school.
Schools and educators can be part of the solution to the long silencing of girls through gender bias, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Ashley Lamb-Sinclair, the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. In this commentary, she writes about research showing that teachers spend more time on and call on male students more often and reflects on what this means in the era of #MeToo.
Seven colleges and universities -- each with their own employer partner or partners -- are piloting the effectiveness of digital credentials. The TeeUpTheSkills program, led by Education Design Lab, is aimed at providing students with skills and credentials that will make them "digitally discoverable" by employers.
Millennials who have never obtained student loans have twice as much saved for retirement by age 30 as millennials who have taken on debt, according to a study by the Center for Retirement Research. The loan amount seems an insignificant factor, the study says, noting "mere existence of the debt is enough to constrain saving."
A Colorado high school that previously was known as violent has been able to turn around its school culture by implementing a restorative-justice model. Since adopting restorative justice in 2011, aggressive behaviors have decreased by 43% and graduation rates have increased 11.3%.
A Panama City, Fla., middle school that opened its doors to students affected by Hurricane Maria last year has been destroyed this week by Hurricane Michael. "You can't make sense of it, but what you do is you take the situation, and what we have to make certain that our kids know is that we must be resilient," principal Britt Smith said.
Teachers have received about $200 million in classroom donations through the most popular crowdfunding sites -- DonorsChoose.org, GoFundMe and PledgeCents. William Hite Jr., superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, says his district provides teachers with only $50 for school supplies and encourages them to crowdfund what they need "to innovate in their classrooms."
Earlier this year, the Federal Commission on School Safety visited a Las Vegas school that was built in 2005 with a focus on safety. Officials said it was important to design a balanced building in which students would feel welcome and that could be easily secured during a crisis.
The rate of US children ages 19 months to 35 months who didn't receive any recommended vaccinations rose from 0.3% in 2001 and 0.9% in 2011 to 1.3% in 2017, CDC researchers reported in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Another CDC study showed that the overall vaccination rate among those entering kindergarten held steady at nearly 95%, even though the vaccine-exemption prevalence rose for the third consecutive school year.
An anonymous $10 million gift to Wake Forest University will be used to provide extra funding for first-generation students through its Magnolia Scholars program. The gift is part of a larger fundraising effort by the North Carolina institution to raise $1 billion by 2020.