School leaders, teachers and personnel need breaks as much as students need recess, consultant and former principal Peter DeWitt writes in this blog post. He shares ideas for mindfulness practices and explains how they can improve educators' response to students and stress throughout the school day.
Some Texas school districts are working with federal contractors that run migrant shelters to provide educational services for migrant children during their detainment. Officially, the federal government, not local districts, is responsible for educating these children, according to the Texas Education Agency, but some school leaders are stepping in voluntarily.
Many Vermont school districts are experiencing staff shortages in positions from math teachers to principals, particularly in rural counties, according to an annual survey by the Vermont Agency of Education. Smaller, rural schools have a harder time attracting applicants because of lower pay and fewer community amenities, Montpelier-Roxbury superintendent Libby Bonesteel said.
Teachers are spending an average of $652 of their own money this year to buy supplies and pay for professional development, according to a survey from SheerID and Agile Education Marketing. Researchers estimate that this is 39% more than last year and the highest in the past five years.
Educators at a Florida middle school have worked to change the school's culture and academic offerings and have improved its state rankings from an "F" to a "C." The school is launching six academic academies that allow students to focus on pathways from law to tourism, and has created community partnerships that provide free supplies, mentoring and online access to high-school classes.
A Minnesota school district is opening a new school to help fourth- and fifth-graders prepare for the transition between elementary and middle school. Students will have access to lockers and will be grouped in houses that will switch between two classrooms to get them used to a multi-classroom setting.
New Hampshire elementary-school principal Chas Miller is hosting a listening tour to hear the concerns of teachers, students and parents as he begins his new job. Miller says he wants to understand the needs of stakeholders and says he believes "everybody needs a voice in the school."
Middle-schoolers developed business skills through a summer camp called Camp Innoventure, held by New Mexico State University, where they made items and sold them at a farmers market. Students learned about branding, marketing and profits, and kept the money made by selling their goods.
Officials in some South Carolina school districts say they're struggling to find enough teachers and bus drivers for the school year. One district has offered employees a $500 bonus if they recruit a bus driver who stays on the job for at least six months.
The Mississippi Board of Education has voted to delay a decision on approving a new A-F grading system for schools until the state School Accreditation Commission has had more time to discuss the policy. Board members say, without the change, fewer high schools would be able to earn A's and more would see F grades.
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