Students at one New York high school are using geometry and trigonometry to build projects during their Math in Carpentry and Construction class. Teacher Michael Honey says the course gives students hands-on experience and shows them how math concepts are used in construction.
Reginald Bush, principal of Kashmere High School in Texas, says a sense of teamwork and a common vision to help students succeed has led to the school moving from an F rating from the state to a C during the first year of his tenure. Bush implemented a "No Teacher Left Behind" policy that emphasizes professional development and training.
Miles McInerney, a high-school senior who has autism, wasn't always comfortable communicating verbally, but a middle-school English teacher encouraged him to pursue poetry. Miles' poems, including "20 Reasons Why I Can't Order in a Restaurant," have won national and international awards, and he credits poetry with helping him find his voice.
Ovey Comeaux High School students in special education can earn an opportunity to work on the Spartan Brew Crew team -- which serves coffee to teachers before class -- through positive behavior. Students who serve in the rotating team improve their communication skills, build relationships and take on responsibility, says special-education teacher Mary Alciatore-Young.
Job hunters need unique game plans for different kinds of interviews be they via text, Slack, video or before a panel of recruiters, some experts suggest. Just like in traditional interviews, candidates should have a list of their own questions and remain focused on how they are the best fit for a job.
Graduate teaching assistants at private colleges and universities would not have the right to form a union under a new rule proposed last week by the National Labor Relations Board. Several universities, including NYU and Tufts University, already recognize such unions formed after a rule allowing them was approved in 2016.
A new report from the Center for American Progress is recommending that the US Education Department spend more time overseeing large and riskier higher-education accreditors and monitor how they handle low-performing institutions. The report comes as the department is considering implementing looser regulations on accreditors.
A majority of college and university admissions officers say they believe concerns over debt are keeping some students from applying and most say they are worried about filling classes. The data also shows that 65% of admissions officers are seeking to enroll more out-of-state students, and 58% are worried about whether they can keep their current level of international students.
College and university boards should not overlook good academic leaders who made hard or controversial decisions in past jobs, writes Dennis Barden, a senior partner with the executive search firm WittKieffer. "If higher education continues to eschew strong leaders who have taken bold and unpopular actions, there will be a lot of presidents bailing out on their institutions - and maybe even on academic leadership in general - in the years to come," he argues in this commentary.