Schools can demonstrate support for families and help bolster student success by planning teacher home visits with parents, assistant special-education professor Cristina Santamaria Graff suggests. In this commentary, she outlines a strategy for making such visits effective.
One California school district has hired many new noncredentialed bilingual instructional assistants to help with the influx of refugees coming into the area from places such as Syria and Afghanistan. The district is providing workshops and professional development to teachers to help them better serve refugee students.
The Federal Communications Commission is making available $3.9 billion in funds annually for the E-Rate program to help school districts improve their high-speed broadband connectivity and Wi-Fi. A survey has found that 93% of districts say they plan to continue to apply for new E-Rate funding.
State lawmakers in North Carolina say they'll consider measures to raise pay for teachers and principals as their new session convenes this week. Gov. Roy Cooper has called on the legislature to raise pay to the national average, and Senate leader Phil Berger has proposed a two-year goal of raising average teacher pay to $55,000 per year.
North Carolina middle-school principal Elizabeth MacWilliams has boosted family and student engagement by personally visiting students in their homes. MacWilliams says the visits have changed the feel and culture of the school and says she feels students "benefit from knowing that I care."
Utah fourth-grade teacher Audrey Brian includes lessons on fake news in her informational writing unit. Brian said in an interview that students often come to school believing the fake news they have read or heard at home, and she hopes to give them the skills to be more discerning.
State spending cuts and reductions in benefits for teachers, such as retirement and health insurance, over the past decade have led to a shortage of educators in Wisconsin, a report finds. The report's authors say some districts have lowered standards for teachers so to attract recruits.
The retirement age for teachers in Oklahoma would rise from 65 to 67 under a measure proposed in the state legislature. Supporters say the move would free up money for teacher raises, but critics say it would make the state less attractive to new teachers.
A Maryland school district is expanding its Spanish classes for fourth- and fifth-graders to allow students to have nine consecutive years of study before graduation. Students study the language through projects, online programs and in-person instruction.
To ensure diversity in hiring, college and university search committees should clearly state their diversity goals in the job ad, Georgia Institute of Technology department head Richard Utz writes in this commentary. In addition, committees should be careful in assigning a minority faculty member to ask candidates questions about diversity, he asserts.
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