Johns Hopkins University researchers have found little improvement on student achievement following a $147 million one-to-one laptop program rolled out four years ago in Baltimore County Public Schools. The program was intended to provide technology equity to students, but academic gains are not yet noticeable, researchers said.
A survey shows a disconnect among educators' perceptions of participation in decision-making, with 96% of principals saying teachers are involved, but only 58% of teachers reporting that they feel that way. Researchers say principals need to ensure opportunities for broader teacher involvement.
A Colorado high school's woodworking class pairs experienced students in general education with their peers in special education to create projects from bird houses to jewelry boxes. The class is part of the district's Unified program that uses peer mentors to enhance social inclusion and learning opportunities for students with special needs.
The faculty interview process can be stressful, but it can also be enjoyable as a candidate shares research and meets new colleagues, four university educators write in this commentary. They offer advice for tackling the job talk as well for as one-on-one and group meetings.
When project-based learning programs have students interact with adults, teachers need to prepare children to make their voices heard, writes Emily Murphy, a project work adviser at a Colorado school. In this blog post, she shares how she learned this lesson after students gave a presentation before the city council but felt patronized.
Zach Ertz, a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, has used his Ertz Family Foundation to support education causes in the US and in Haiti. Recently, the foundation teamed up with education-technology company Chegg, which has pledged to donate $1,086 to the foundation for every touchdown Ertz scores, and $860 for every first down up to $86,000 total.
Law enforcement officials in a Connecticut district are investigating a racist video posted on social media by an unidentified high-school student. The video uses racial slurs and references race-related violence.
The US Education Department is reaching out to students affected by the closure of for-profit colleges and universities run by Education Corporation of America, which abruptly closed this month. The department is offering webinars and on-campus sessions to advise students how to transfer credits and enroll at new institutions.
Historically black land-grant universities would receive a funding boost as part of a farm bill passed by Congress and awaiting President Donald Trump's signature. The bill would end a provision that allowed HBCUs to carry over only a small amount of their extension funding each year, and would require states to report matching funds they are required to send to HBCUs.
Spelman College trustee Ronda Stryker and her husband, William Johnston, have donated $30 million to the historically black college in Atlanta to fund construction of its new Center for Innovation & the Arts. The gift is the largest ever given to the school by living donors.