A program aimed at improving training for school principals asserts that the job of the assistant principal also needs renewed focus. Among other things, officials found a need for assistant principals to focus more on teaching and learning -- and less on discipline and school building management -- to develop into effective future principals and administrators.
Experts say minority children are disproportionately placed in the most stigmatizing categories of special education, such as emotional disturbance and mental retardation. Meanwhile, a recent study found minorities are under-represented in other special education categories such as autism and language delays. Daniel Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, called for federal measures to override racial bias in local decision-making.
Reacting to undercover videos taken by an anti-abortion group, Senate Republicans plan a vote on eliminating $500 million in annual federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The videos relate to conversations about supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research. Abortions make up 3% of Planed Parenthood's services and do not receive federal funding.
Many black Americans in need of mental health care are faced with a dearth of black providers and high costs of therapy, writes Minaa B, a social worker who has experienced depression. Psychological distress is especially prevalent among black people living below the poverty line, she writes. "Providing culturally responsive treatment requires not just being aware of one's biases and judgments or negative attitudes towards race and cultural stereotypes, but also knowing and understanding the individuals who need access to treatment and choosing to make yourself available to address the needs of those who may come from oppressed or marginalized groups by providing affordable care."
Three U.S. organizations are working to provide legal help and social services to sex workers while advocating on their behalf. Sex Workers Project, Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA and Desiree Alliance are responses to the vulnerability of sex workers, who often risk violence and have little legal protection.
One-third of schools in Dallas will have new principals when the school year begins -- the third year in a row of high turnover, data show. Officials say they are now focused on retaining high-quality principals.
In this blog post, veteran teacher Bill Ferriter reveals the three traits shared by the best principals he has worked for. He writes that they made him feel hopeful, were knowledgeable and reflective, and created conditions that made it easier for him to do his job.
Florida is a national leader in online learning, with about 200,000 students taking at least one course online. Officials say the growth in online learning was driven in part by the state's Digital Learning Act, which requires students to take at least one course online to graduate. However, questions remain over the effectiveness of the courses.
Teachers can use technology to draw out introverted students, writes Kerry Gallagher, a technology integration specialist at St. Johns Preparatory School in Danvers, Mass. In this blog post, she suggests several strategies, games, formative tools and other platforms to engage all learners.
Some educators are adapting Edcamps -- the professional-development concept often described as an "unconference" -- to enhance student learning. "We talk a lot about the importance of the four Cs," said fourth-grade teacher Jason Seliskar. "This is a great opportunity, in a short amount of time, to help foster those 21st-century skills."