North Carolina middle-school principal Elizabeth MacWilliams has boosted family and student engagement by personally visiting students in their homes. MacWilliams says the visits have changed the feel and culture of the school and says she feels students "benefit from knowing that I care."
Utah fourth-grade teacher Audrey Brian includes lessons on fake news in her informational writing unit. Brian said in an interview that students often come to school believing the fake news they have read or heard at home, and she hopes to give them the skills to be more discerning.
State spending cuts and reductions in benefits for teachers, such as retirement and health insurance, over the past decade have led to a shortage of educators in Wisconsin, a report finds. The report's authors say some districts have lowered standards for teachers so to attract recruits.
The retirement age for teachers in Oklahoma would rise from 65 to 67 under a measure proposed in the state legislature. Supporters say the move would free up money for teacher raises, but critics say it would make the state less attractive to new teachers.
A Maryland school district is expanding its Spanish classes for fourth- and fifth-graders to allow students to have nine consecutive years of study before graduation. Students study the language through projects, online programs and in-person instruction.
To ensure diversity in hiring, college and university search committees should clearly state their diversity goals in the job ad, Georgia Institute of Technology department head Richard Utz writes in this commentary. In addition, committees should be careful in assigning a minority faculty member to ask candidates questions about diversity, he asserts.
Information security, student success and data-driven decision-making will be the top three issues facing higher-education technology this year, according to a report from EDUCAUSE. The technology association also has released reports on new technologies and trends to watch for this year.
New Hampshire's Assistant Principal of the Year, Kelly Parker, says creating a family-like atmosphere for everyone at her school is her top priority. Parker says she works to create a tight-knit community and ensure that staff and students are treated with "respect and dignity."
Oregon schools are using incentives such as college funding for teacher's aides and specialty teaching programs to boost the number of minority teachers. Across the state, only 9% of teachers are minorities, while 37% of students are, state data show.
A California lawmaker wants the state to pass a law that would require students to be taught about Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. If passed, the measure would require the state's board of education to develop a curriculum around the hacking issue.
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