A Kentucky middle school has opened an agricultural science lab that will allow all teachers at the school to educate students about science and math through hands-on lessons about food production. The lab has coops, kennels and gardens, and educators hope to one day build a greenhouse and barn.
Five boys have worked over the summer at a Tennessee middle school to complete a science experiment on the effects of space travel on tooth decay after their sample tooth returned from the International Space Station. The team competed with others around the world to have their experiment chosen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education.
Senior faculty members should extend help to new associate professors by easing their workload and modeling a dedication to professional development, write University of West Florida professor Jane Halonen and Moravian College professor Dana Dunn. Veteran professors also can offer some feedback to new colleagues but should know their own limits on mentoring skills, they advise in this commentary.
For David Steele-Figueredo, president of Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif., there are four major areas he says higher-education leaders should focus on: customers, environment, market share and systems. In this commentary, he outlines how focusing on these areas can improve the effectiveness of higher education.
Leaders looking to establish a more diverse workplace should tap into employee insights to find new connections or implement new strategies, as well as focus on job expectations instead of qualifications in job descriptions, writes CEO adviser Christine Comaford. They should create a structured interview process to eliminate unconscious bias and conduct employee training to fight bias in the workplace, she adds.
Connecticut middle-school principal Rachael Caggiano says her goal in her new role will be to build a culture that makes both students and faculty eager to come to school. Caggiano, who previously served as assistant principal in a high school in the district, says she'll also focus on helping students transition into high school.
Some New York state districts are still searching to fill teacher positions as the new school year begins. Some district leaders say they're sharing teachers with other districts and relying on long-term substitutes until they can fill the open slots.
Members of the Arkansas Board of Education last week reviewed the state-mandated ACT Aspire exams to ensure they were still a good measure for both the academic success of students and schools. Some board members expressed concern that the test was not aligned with state standards, but state education department leaders expressed confidence in the test.
Educators at an Alabama middle school plan to use the ClassDojo app for classroom management and better communications with parents. The program gamifies classroom management, allowing teachers to assign and remove points for behavior in real time with tiered, unified consequences tied to point losses, assistant principal Kevin O'Rear said.
Alabama high-school principal Bill Singleton says in his new position he'll be working on improving school culture based on building relationships with students, faculty and parents. Singleton, who says education is his calling, also intends to introduce a character and leadership program that faculty has already been trained to implement.