About 43% of California middle schools reported high suspension rates for African-American students in 2014-15, according to a study that looked at race and discipline in K-12 schools. Researchers have identified a "trust gap" that develops in middle school, where African-American students feel they are treated unfairly by authority figures.
Despite recent action by Congress to remove Obama-era regulations, states are in the final stages of developing school accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, says Anne Hyslop, a former US Education Department official who helped write the law. In their plans, many states are considering judging schools and districts by a number of new metrics, including chronic absenteeism, Hyslop notes.
US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos this week told members of the National Association of State Boards of Education that it's time for Washington "to get out of the way" of state education leaders. In her speech, DeVos emphasized school choice and said she expected that revised Every Student Succeeds Act applications would allow states to take varied approaches to education.
Onboarding programs for new employees must provide an in-depth introduction not just to policies and procedures, but to the organization's culture and strategic priorities, says Bill Gilbert with recruitment firm Korn Ferry. A survey by the firm found that 23% of organizations had one-day onboarding processes.
Minnesota fifth-grade teacher Will Ruffin II is using the NCAA basketball tournament to get students thinking about what it takes to go to college. Students randomly selected a school to research and write reports on the academic programs, entrance requirements, and tuition and fees.
Academic growth of students will be given more weight than academic proficiency in school accountability under a plan approved last week by the Illinois State Board of Education. The change is part of plans being drafted by the state under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
Pretenure college faculty are more likely to succeed when they when they have a sense of work-life balance, clear expectations about their job and a sense of collegiality, a study has found. Researchers say mentors and programs that help faculty feel supported can help them gain tenure and stay on the job.
The most effective college and university enrollment officers share the institution's vision and approach the job with efficiency and innovation, write enrollment consultants Lesley Crosley and Jim Scannell. Admissions leaders also must be able to understand data and be adept at building relationships with staff and faculty, they suggest.
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh is using smart-building technology to monitor such things as security, lighting and temperature. Officials hope the technology improves efficiency and lowers the cost of operating facilities.
Good school leaders set up both students and teachers for success by giving them the tools and support they need, says Jeff Eakins, superintendent of Hillsborough County Schools in Florida. In this Q&A, he outlines how such support has led to an increase in graduation rates.
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