School administrators can avoid questions over technology purchases and ensure they are receiving the best products and prices by developing an efficient request-for-proposal process, write technology professionals Diane Doersch and John Ottow, both of Green Bay Area Public Schools in Wisconsin. In this commentary, they outline the elements of a thorough RFP process.
Education advocates in Oklahoma City are pushing two temporary initiatives that would increase taxes by 0.25% over four years to fund public education and provide teacher raises. Supporters must collect about 12,000 signatures to put the measures on the ballot.
Educator and author Matthew Farber in this blog post describes how he aligns Genius Hour projects with Common Core State Standards for middle-school social studies. He shares how he helps students manage projects and the makerspace-style work that students produce.
It doesn't pay to focus too much on salary considerations when your benefits package often comprises about 30% of your overall compensation. Instead, take into account the medical insurance, paid time off and retirement benefits being offered, writes Susannah Snider.
New Jersey elementary-school principal Patricia Aufiero says she tries to lead by example by setting high standards and creating a collaborative culture where students and teachers can thrive. Aufiero, who is retiring after 25 years at the school, is described by staff as an inspiring and compassionate leader.
Summer learning programs offer an opportunity to instill resiliency and growth-mindset principles into struggling learners, instructional coach Elizabeth Stein writes. She explains how her middle school combines social and emotional learning with active learning and choice to help students succeed.
North Carolina lawmakers are considering a new version of the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program that would provide up to $8,250 per year to each of 160 students who study to become educators in science, technology, engineering and math or special education. The measure also forgives a year of loans for every two years a teacher remains in the classroom, with those in "low performing" schools receiving loan forgiveness for one year on the job.
The Alabama Board of Education this week voted to stop using the ACT Aspire test amid concerns about slow results and low student achievement. Schools next year are expected to use the Scranton assessment, which is used by 65% of schools in the state, officials said.
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.