Minnesota high-school principal David Lund, who is retiring after 33 years in education, says he became a principal so he could better affect student learning and create more opportunities for students. Lund, in this Q&A, notes that social media has brought both new challenges and opportunities to principals.
The University of Northern Iowa recently held its first Minority Educators for Today and Tomorrow academy aimed at recruiting more minority high-school students to the education profession. Fifteen students lived on campus for a week during the academy and each were awarded a $500 scholarship should they attend the university.
The Maryland State Board of Education has approved a five-star rating system for schools beginning in the next school year to give parents a simple way to judge school quality. The grading system is part of the state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan required by the federal government.
David Krulwich, principal of a college preparatory school serving sixth through 12th grades in New York City, supports an apprenticeship model to support novice teachers, which he describes in his book, "The Artisan Teaching Model for Instructional Leadership." In this Q&A, Krulwich and his co-author Kenneth Baum describe an approach that relies on a teacher team leader and educator collaboration.
Students at one Kansas middle school, concerned over climate change, have started indoor and outdoor gardens to grow organic vegetables that either go home with students or are donated to a local farmer's market. Students also built a compost bin and are raising money for a shed to house a rain barrel.
Ransomware attacks increased globally 11.4% to almost 2.6 million over the past 12 months, Kaspersky Lab says. Mobile ransomware attacks also are up, with 19% of mobile users in the US affected, the highest percentage worldwide, according to Kaspersky.
Professionals who have "side hustles" must be realistic about extra work and set aside time for it when they know they can be productive, writes Andrea Huspeni. By scheduling fixed times that take into account other obligations, people can make their side work a priority and avoid overworking.
A video produced by Kansas high school social studies teacher Matt Beat explaining the origins of Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., has garnered about 500,000 views on Facebook and more than 28,000 views on YouTube. Beat says he regularly makes videos about American history and often enlists his students' help.
Organizations with more diversity and inclusion usually can make better decisions and have a stronger employee commitment, writes David Rehr, senior associate dean and professor of Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Diversity provides a wider perspective and richer discussions around problems and can lead to a more creative solution, Rehr suggests.
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