Emphasizing the steps schools are taking to keep students safe in the wake of a tragedy such as the recent Florida school shooting can help relieve anxiety and fear, asserts Melissa Reeves, former president of the National Association of School Psychologists. Other strategies include tuning in and letting students guide the conversation.
The number of reported hate crimes on college campuses rose 25% in 2016 compared with 2015, according to data from the US Department of Education. Additional data show a spike in hate crimes following the 2016 presidential election, with the number reported that November more than double the average for the same month during the previous four years.
Countries with progressive cultures are producing fewer women in science, technology, engineering and math fields than countries with high rates of gender inequality, such as Algeria, where 41% of college graduates with STEM degrees are women, Olga Khazan writes. Researchers say that women from countries with a wide gender gap view STEM careers as their best pathway to financial independence, Khazan writes.
The Florida school shooting has sparked some debate about whether students are made more -- or less -- safe by carrying cellphones at school. Some say students with the devices can alert others that they are safe when getting to and from school or during an emergency, but others argue that phones can make students less safe during a crisis.
A Michigan school district has implemented the elementary curriculum Core Knowledge Language Arts that embeds literacy lessons into science and social studies subjects. In one recent lesson, fourth-graders became inventors as they designed and built models, and made presentations of trash-removal machines.
New York City Public Schools' New Principal Support program is credited with reducing attrition and supporting school leaders, write Elyse Doti Cohen and Matthew Pearson, who both have served as teachers, assistant principals and principals in NYC schools. In this commentary, they share why principal coaching should be part of school-leadership plans.
Opening a conversation with "Can I give you some feedback," may not be the best way to begin a performance conversation, suggests Jennifer Abrams, an international education and communications consultant. She offers three tips for initiating feedback conversations that can help break down barriers in communication.
High-school students in a Tennessee district are expected to have access to a new virtual-learning program this August. The program, which is pending school-board approval, will give students access to free courses taught by district teachers as well as some fee-based courses taught by an outside provider.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a plan for reorganizing the Department of Education. The plan includes the consolidation of the offices of postsecondary and career and technical education and the elimination of the undersecretary position.
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