Sharif El-Mekki, CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development, during a recent virtual session of the National Principals Conference called on school leaders to ask themselves about ways they haven't advocated strongly for change and what they can do this year to create more equity. El-Mekki and high-school Principal Richard Gordon also discussed the importance of providing individualized learning pathways and preparing and recruiting more teachers of color.
East Harlem middle-school students cooked up s'mores using a solar oven during New York City's free Summer Rising program. Teacher Dayrin Barrios says that program staff crafted this year's curriculum with an eye to bridge learning gaps from the previous year while also offering opportunities for socialization and fun.
This year's Olympic torch is shaped like a cherry blossom to represent Japan with five flames coalescing into one, and it has traveled via relay from the Olympics' birthplace in Olympia, Greece, to Tokyo for the Summer Games that formally opened today. While widely seen today as a symbol of unity, the torch relay was added to the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany to promote nationalism.
Students with disabilities who have a high-school diploma but do not qualify for college enrollment will be eligible for Louisiana State University of Alexandria's new Special Program for Enhancement of Resources and Opportunities, or SPERO. Program participants will learn life skills that help them with independent living.
Recognizing that change is constant is a key lesson to take away from the pandemic, Frances Altvater, associate dean of student academic services and associate professor of art history at the University of Hartford, writes in this commentary. Altvater suggests how academic administrators can continue to build on improvements in resilience, adaptability and empathy skills.
The University of Virginia's School of Education and Human Development and the nonprofit EdTech Evidence Exchange launched an effort on Thursday to help teachers determine which education technology will have the greatest impact. The new project started from the EdTech Genome Project.
California's state budget, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, includes a $100 million fund to resolve potential disputes regarding special-education services between school districts and parents. The fund will help invest in educating parents and staffers about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and improve communication to help deter conflicts and avert litigation.
Pandemic-related waivers on mandated standardized tests have exacerbated decadeslong questions about the value of such assessments, and resulting options that don't clearly define and provide expected data points are adding another layer of confusion, researchers Paul Bruno and Dan Goldhaber say in this article. Charles Barone, vice president of K-12 policy at Democrats for Education Reform, suggests education leaders keep an eye on the promising, innovative assessment plan being piloted through the Every Student Succeeds Act.
A free tuition program at the University of Wisconsin will not get the expansion requested by the governor, lawmakers decided. Lawmakers removed $39 million from the proposed budget that would have allowed the program to be expanded to all state campuses.
Several education groups are objecting to the acquisition of online Walden University by Adtalem Global Education, which has received preliminary approval by the Education Department. However, the education groups raised concerns about the credibility of both programs and want restrictions on Adtalem's ability to increase enrollment and expand programs.