North Carolina assistant principal Heather Craven says she sees her job as leaving students "better than how they came to us, no matter what it takes." In this Q&A, she says her role is to work with teachers and parents to create a place where students can succeed.
One South Carolina school district is recruiting new college graduates and using state funding to travel to job fairs in Pennsylvania and Michigan to seek new teacher hires. Acting Superintendent Debbie Hamm says the school board also recently approved a new employee-retention program aimed at encouraging teachers to stay.
Some school districts, such as Maconaquah School Corp. in Bunker Hill, Ind., are turning to online options to allow students to virtually attend classes during snow days or for other reasons. Officials in this article offer their advice on implementing such programs and say e-learning days can provide students the continuity they need to succeed.
Oklahoma lawmakers in their new session will consider a number of education-related bills, including a controversial measure that would require consolidation of smaller school districts. Other bills are related to issues including the establishment of charter schools and the ability of districts to use building funds for operations.
An Illinois school district is piloting a program to refer struggling middle-schoolers to counselors being provided by a local nonprofit. The referrals often are seen as care rather than discipline, and students may be more open to discuss the underlying issues causing them to act out or miss class and assignments, said Margo Smith, 360 Youth Services' clinical director of counseling.
Colorado high-school assistant principal Andrea Smith says she makes it a point to laugh several times during the day and find ways to connect with students to build relationships. In this Q&A, the 2018 Colorado Assistant Principal of the Year for Secondary Schools talks about her leadership philosophy and how she approaches student discipline.
School districts must have comprehensive plans in place for disaster recovery of data, some IT experts say. The plans must also consider how the whole organization, and not just IT, is affected by the disaster, says Phil Goodwin, research director for data protection, availability and recovery at IDC.
A policy to reduce the minimum number of credit hours for graduation to 22 from 24 has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Education. The plan, which is set to take effect in the next school year, also makes changes to the grading scale and other requirements.
Some research shows that teachers pause for 0.9 seconds after asking a question. In this blog post, John McCarthy, an education consultant and advocate for student voice, makes a case -- and offers tips -- for providing more processing time when asking questions.
Seventh- and eighth-graders in technology classes at a Minnesota school learned about stop-motion animation as they filmed short videos. Students first developed storyboards for their productions, and then used filmmaking apps, a green screen and Legos to create their 15- to 20-second scenes.
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