A Connecticut middle school's summer program helped improve students' literacy and math skills by using an outdoor living theme. Students read books about survival and participated in activities, such as learning outdoor survival skills, creating a solar oven and graphing outdoor temperatures.
Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. is leveraging social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, to support transparency and community interaction. Styles says he also is encouraging staff members to use social media for professional development.
More than 250 US colleges and universities are using the hashtag #YouAreWelcomeHere in social media campaigns to recruit international students. Officials at Temple University are coordinating the effort, which is similar to a campaign in the UK.
College and university leaders should encourage talented faculty members to step up and become part of the administration, says Dana Dunn, provost at the University of North Carolina. Once part of the administration, leaders will need support systems such as academic counseling and financial planning, Dunn suggests in this interview.
To help secure campus networks, higher-education IT leaders need to educate faculty and staff how to protect themselves online both at home and at work, writes Helen Patton, chief information security officer at The Ohio State University. In this commentary, she outlines a simple cyberhygiene plan that can be implemented across campus.
School leaders can foster trust with faculty, staff and students by first showing trust in them, write K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers. The best relationships are those built on fairness, respect and open communication, they assert in this blog post.
If you had a job that ended badly but was at least five years ago, it's probably a good idea to leave it off of your resume, writes Anish Majumdar. You should also consider omitting jobs where you worked for companies with bad reputations, Majumdar writes.
Connecticut education officials are considering proposals meant to ease a teacher shortage, including streamlining the teacher-certification process. Dianna Wentzell, state commissioner of education, says any proposals will go to lawmakers, but none will affect the rigor of teaching requirements.
Technology in the classroom can be effective if it is used for creative, active and social learning functions instead of just passive learning activities, writes University of Texas at Austin professor Joan Hughes. In this commentary, she asserts that teachers need proper training to use technology to close achievement gaps.
Instead of raising taxes, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is proposing to dip into the state's $1.6 billion rainy day fund to cover an education funding shortfall. Lawmakers cut more than $34 million from public-education funding earlier this year and now schools face a possible $530 million deficit over the next two years, officials say.