An Idaho high-school teacher last year started an American Sign Language Club that now includes 30 students. Samantha Showers says the club helps promote community among students, while participants say they are learning skills they'll use throughout their lives.
More US university students are choosing to study abroad, according to a recent report by the Institute of International Education. In this commentary, Iowa State University Spanish professor Chad Gasta writes that many factors may have contributed to the increase, including more study-abroad options and increased student awareness that study-abroad experiences could help them get a job.
The Alabama State Board of Education is considering new math standards that would create an accelerated track for middle-school students to take three years of math in two years. Under the proposal, math labs would be provided for struggling students and more students would be able to take higher-level math classes when they get to high school.
Colleges and universities that have created an overarching framework for diversity and inclusion have the highest capacity to handle a racial crisis on campus, compared with those having just a few diversity initiatives, a report from the American Council on Education finds. The report, which used 2015 incidents at the University of Missouri-Columbia as a case study, includes recommendations for administrators.
Chief information officers can best motivate and boost the productivity of their teams by "finding out how people want to be treated and treating them that way," says M. Eric Johnson, dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Russell Kaurloto, vice president & CIO at Clemson University, agrees, adding that CIOs must "walk the walk" and build their credibility with staff.
Maggie MacDonnell, a teacher in a remote part of Quebec who won the 2017 Global Teacher Prize, says connecting with students comes down to "interpersonal skills" and "compassion." She used the money from her prize to expand her school's running club into a regional effort to improve the health of those in the Inuit community where she teaches.
Children who experience trauma could be at greater risk for mental illness and addiction in adulthood, according to a study of 1,420 children in North Carolina led by William Copeland, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont. He says his research supports labeling childhood trauma a public health issue.
Students who are more talkative may be better prepared for work, according to a World Economic Forum study. In this commentary, language arts teacher Carma Hobgood shares three classroom-management strategies to help students develop interpersonal and leadership skills.
The head of a school in China has been removed from that position after it was discovered he was using the school's electricity to mine for bitcoin. Officials say he used eight machines over the past year, resulting in electricity costs equivalent to $2,120.
A project coordinated by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities will bring 130 colleges and universities together in 16 clusters to collaborate on boosting completion rates and minimize equity gaps. Over the next five years, the institutions will share and standardize data in such areas as retention and completion to help identify the most effective strategies.