As the Every Student Succeeds Act has granted more power to states to regulate education, lawmakers and other leaders are crafting policies to address students' educational outcomes, writes Doug Mesecar of IO Education. In this commentary, he outlines policy developments pursued by some states.
President Donald Trump could propose about $10.6 billion in cuts to federal education funding, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post. The documents show that some of the funding could be redirected to school-choice programs.
To keep donors informed when developing a marketing message, communications leaders must work with institutional advancement to craft an integrated campaign, writes Kristi Eaves-McLennan, executive director of marketing for Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. In this blog post, she outlines the strategy used at her school.
If you realize you hate your job, it might be time to consider a pause in your career to avoid burnout and eventually get back on track, said Rachael O'Meara. "When you take a pause, or intentionally shift your behavior, you can help find your way back to enjoying what you do again," said O'Meara.
Montana elementary-school principal Mike Bowman, who is retiring after more than 30 years, says being a principal isn't just a job, it's "part of your life." Bowman is known by colleagues for taking a "diagnostic" approach by meeting students where they are and helping them to succeed.
Schools are overspending on education technology by about $3 billion, according to a report from the Technology for Education Consortium. The study's authors attribute the overspending to lack of price transparency from vendors.
Cross-generational lessons can help students develop academic and soft skills, asserts Donna Butts, executive director of nonprofit Generations United. In one such lesson, students worked with senior citizens to create digital biographies.
If your team consistently misses targets, lacks ideas and suffers from burnout, you likely need a new leadership strategy, Laura Buckler writes. "While difficult situations can be intimidating, effective leaders do not shy away from them. In fact, they face issues head on, and take appropriate action to address them," she writes.
School-district leaders seeking more minority teachers should look to minority-serving institutions, writes Andre Perry, former founding dean of urban education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich. In this commentary, Perry also makes the case for more financial support for these colleges and universities, so they can improve teacher preparation.
Spending on K-12 education would increase by $280 million over the next two years under a Kansas House proposal. A battle over the proposal is expected as the state board of education asked for an $893 million increase over two years.