Librarians in a Texas school district organized a "Battle of the Books" competition among all middle schools to entice more students to read. Students competed in teams to answer questions about books they had read.
Keep your best employees by investing in training and helping workers achieve their goals, Jim Blasingame writes. "This is about more than compensation -- it's about employees feeling professionally fulfilled beyond what they do for the benefit of the company," he writes.
Analytics programs are in place at 60% of the colleges surveyed recently by higher-education technology company Ellucian, and the majority of tech leaders say they're using the data to improve operational efficiency. Barriers remain, however, with many saying some leaders were reluctant to share data with other departments, the survey found.
After a two-year educational campaign about cyberscams, The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences had a 99.5% pass rate among users, writes Meghan Hollowell, dean of the college's support services. Hollowell offers advice for developing a cybersecurity campaign, including making training relevant and identifying repeat offenders who need extra training.
More teenagers may be engaging in digital self-harm -- the practice of anonymously posting negative comments about themselves online. In a survey published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, about 6% of students said they participated in digital self-harm.
As principal of the new I Promise School opening this summer in Akron, Ohio, Brandi Davis envisions a culture that fosters innovation and passion among teachers and students. Davis will help to develop the curriculum for the school, opening in partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, and says she will focus on social and emotional learning as well as science, technology, engineering and math.
One New Mexico school district is looking to attract more substitute teachers, including offering higher pay for those with a bachelor's or master's degree. The district also is starting its hiring season in April to build its candidate pool before school begins.
The Mississippi Board of Education last week renewed its contract with Questar Assessment to administer statewide assessments and end-of-course exams. The renewal comes amid recent glitches that left some schools unable to access the test.
Some school districts facing teacher shortages are recruiting retired educators. Alvin Thornton, former chairman of the Maryland Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence, says the move should be considered a short-term fix, rather than a long-term solution.