Dawn DeCosta, principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School in New York, adopted a social and emotional learning program four years ago that she says has helped to resolve conflict -- both in and out of school. In this Q&A, she shares how the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence's RULER program works and the role that mindfulness plays in her school and community.
Efforts are underway in Maryland to expand school-based telehealth programs. Two $200,000 grants for new telehealth programs in schools -- one to focus on health care services and the other to be dedicated to special education -- are part of the efforts.
A US Senate aide predicts that the Senate could approve the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act by next month. Under the version of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act being considered by the Senate, states would be permitted to set their own goals for career and technical education.
Summer learning loss takes a greater toll on students' achievement in math and reading over time, according to an ongoing study by the Northwest Evaluation Association. The group studied the test scores of over 42,000 students from third to sixth grades and almost 40,000 students from fifth to eighth grades, and found that the summer slide causes students to make less academic progress during the school year.
A Minnesota school district's community education program is in its second year of a summer camp for middle-schoolers that engages them by offering choices and flexibility. Technology limits and independent reading times are mandatory, but students can select activities, such as field trips, crafts, games and sports.
Students at a Pennsylvania school have created a garden of rocks painted with positive messages as part of the school's emotional support program. Along with painting the rocks in their free time, students wrote research papers, created Power Point presentations and obtained approval from the school board for the project.
Successful college presidents are those who seek to learn new things, including financial matters, and those who will lean on mentors and other presidents for direction, several leaders advise. Lynn Morton, president of Warren Wilson College, acknowledges the challenge of the job, "but I think that if you recognize the work that is going on and stay connected to campus, I think that's where the joy is."
Dickinson College President Margee Ensign says her school is taking "an institutional approach" to diversity that will encompass not just students, but faculty, staff, administration and trustees. In this commentary, she says this is not "a feel-good initiative," but a challenging systemic change she hopes will become a model for others.
Organizations often can find good education-technology talent through several means, such as internal referrals, job fairs and conferences, writes Sam Peterson, the community manager at 8tracks. In this commentary, Peterson advises leaders not to limit themselves to one single approach.
Decisions should be preceded by an examination of your thought process, the leading options and possible consequences, but a decision cannot be put off, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "When an executive wavers over a major decision, the organization remains in stasis," he says.