Students in more racially diverse schools report less bullying and greater well-being, and make more friends in other ethnic or racial groups, according to a survey of about 6,000 sixth-graders in 26 California middle schools. Some schools with less diversity try to prepare students for a more diverse workforce through character education.
To keep college and university operations running smoothly, administrators should do more to recognize staff and provide them with decent salaries, writes former Southern Illinois University dean Aldemaro Romero Jr. In this commentary, he points to a study that reveals that while staff members often are the "face" of an institution, their pay is low, especially among women and other minorities.
Two related studies suggest a middle-school writing intervention that had students reflect on their values led to more Hispanic and black students enrolling in college. Researchers followed 500 students and found that those who completed the values-based writing assignments were more likely to enroll in college-prep courses in middle school and go on to college.
The fastest-growing age group in the nation is children born between 2001 through 2016, according to a report from the Census Bureau. The trend is expected to affect areas in education, including a need for more teacher diversity, because the majority of those students are nonwhite, said Robert Hull, executive vice president of the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Google on Tuesday launched its advanced job-search tool, allowing any job seeker to find and filter relevant job openings with a simple keyword search. Google has teamed with Facebook, Glassdoor, CareerBuilder and LinkedIn, among others, to bring more search results to users.
As federal officials push for more career training, community colleges can take advantage of the trend by hiring more full-time and tenure-track faculty and improving shared governance, writes Rob Jenkins, associate professor of Georgia State University Perimeter College. Leaders also should stay out of politics and focus on preparing students for careers, he suggests in this commentary.
Retiring Wisconsin elementary-school principal Nola Starling-Ratliff credits staff at the first school she led for her success, saying they helped her "build a strong instructional team." Starling-Ratliff, who has spent 42 years in education, says she focused on collaboration with teachers to help both teachers and students improve their skills.
School district leaders should seek technology tools that are easy to learn to increase their use in the classroom, writes Kenneth Chapman, vice president of market research for D2L. The best tools are those that provide mobile access and seamless sharing of data, he notes in this commentary.
The Michigan State Board of Education has approved a new school report-card policy based on factors such as educator engagement, school climate and academics. The accountability system, expected to be online by the fall, will not include a grade because board members said such an approach did not capture a full picture of performance.
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