Buying education technology should be as easy as purchasing a car, but there are few comparison resources available to districts, writes Katrina Stevens, former deputy director of the Office of Educational Technology at the US Department of Education. In this commentary, she outlines edtech purchase challenges as well as some emerging solutions.
A new Illinois bill would allow student teachers with 90 college credit hours to become substitute teachers. Substitute teachers, currently, are required to have a bachelor's degree, but the bill's sponsor, Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst, says the measure would alleviate shortages and give students valuable classroom experience.
Fourth-grade students in the US slipped to the 16th spot on international rankings of reading comprehension, according to data from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. PIRLS also measured students' online reading skills, where data show US students scored above the international average.
The growing movement against workplace sexual harassment is a good start, but systemic change and more women in leadership are required to truly change the situation, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg says. Women might experience backlash if the situation is not handled correctly, Sandberg wrote in a Facebook post.
A Texas middle school has added archery, art and origami as part of its enrichment lineup during advisory periods. The school added advisory periods after switching to a middle-school model, and now the periods include three days of electives or academic interventions, and two days of "Parliament" where students work on academic interventions.
Organizations can find top talent by implementing an employee referral program and advertising in online forums where ideal workers hang out, writes Thomas Griffin, co-founder of OptinMonster. Griffin also suggests retaining the best employees by talking with them about growth opportunities they're seeking.
School leaders in some Virginia districts have agreed to limit scheduling tests, major assignments and important events that coincide with some Jewish and Muslim holidays. Some advocates say that students who celebrate such holidays have felt the need to choose between school and family traditions.
California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley says it's imperative for higher-education leaders to find ways to boost the number of disadvantaged students on college campuses. Oakley, who has been chosen Education Dive's President of the Year, says leaders must "ensure that everyone has a real opportunity" to succeed in college.
Colorado high-school assistant principal Andrea Smith has implemented teacher-led professional development and earned statewide recognition for the rollout of a technology program. Smith has been named the 2018 Colorado Assistant Principal of the Year for Secondary Schools.