West Virginia University will use funding from the National Science Foundation to design an initiative to help curb a growing math teacher shortage. Details of the Mountaineer Mathematics Master Teachers program are still in development and will be presented to administrators.
Experts this week told the federal school-safety commission that students, especially those in rural areas and those who are part of vulnerable populations, do not have enough access to mental health services. Sheryl Kataoka, a professor-in-residence at the University of California at Los Angeles, urged the panel to expand mental health services and teacher training in social and emotional learning.
As competition for workers increases, a survey shows that 66% of organizations say they're open to hiring candidates with a recognized certification or a certificate instead of a bachelor's degree. Other research reveals a degree gap in some occupations, including supervisors and secretaries, where degrees are asked for, but few candidates qualify.
The Department of Education would receive about $71 billion in fiscal 2019 -- a $100 million increase from fiscal 2018 -- under a federal spending bill approved Wednesday by the US House appropriations committee. Several programs, including Title IV, would get increased funding under the proposal, which also restores the funds for school safety that were eliminated in an earlier version.
Fourth-grade teacher Thomas Mayfield said he creates rap videos in Spanish and English to engage students and build a school community at campuses in his Texas district. Mayfield is working on a back-to-school video with teachers, administrators and students as performers that will be released on YouTube and played the first day of school.
Six college and university leaders who recently participated in diversity and civility institutes held by the Council of Independent Colleges share their insights on campus diversity. Hiring diverse faculty members, providing a safe space for students and finding ways to dialogue about race and other topics are among the top priorities they note.
A study shows the majority of kindergarten through grade 12 students are using technology to complete assignments, with only 42% primarily using pencil and paper. The data also show that 66% of teachers say technology increases student productivity while 60% say it's intellectually stimulating for students.
New Arkansas high-school principal Cody Chatman overcame obstacles to pursue a career as a teacher and administrator. Chatman was praised by his old high-school golf coach Kevin Hesslen as a hard worker who is very "focused and driven."
The DeKalb County School District in Georgia is using data to target teacher recruitment as well as offering bonuses to retain veteran teachers and attract new ones. Other districts are recruiting at local colleges and using social media to seek teachers, especially in areas such as special education.
The Ohio State Board of Education voted this week to delay until November its consideration of a proposal that would that would end A-to-F grading of schools and other policies. However, state Rep. Mike Duffey says lawmakers will consider state report cards most likely in September and would prefer input from the board before then.