Educational Leadership
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2/17/2017

Virginia elementary-school principal Teresa Fennessy says her top goal is to create an atmosphere where teachers and students are always learning and reaching for success. Fennessy says she'll add more professional development opportunities to help her teachers build on their skills.

2/17/2017

Fourth-graders at a Missouri school are using math, science and literacy skills as they develop plans to solve the real-world problem of bringing the Internet to Ethiopia. Students worked on their projects in teams and their proposals are being sent to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Melinda Gates Foundation
2/17/2017

The Utah House Education Committee narrowly supported a bill to create a pilot program that would give teachers at low-income schools a $5,000 bonus. About 5% of the state's teacher workforce would qualify under the program.

2/17/2017

Research shows that US students have made little progress recently in growing their vocabulary. Kent State University professor Timothy Rasinski, professor emerita Nancy Padak and literacy specialist Joanna Newton present an instructional method that focuses on using Greek and Latin roots to improve vocabulary.

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Kent State University
2/16/2017

One Colorado school serving students from low-income families has seen improvement by using extra funds to offer remediation time and to hire more co-teachers -- particularly for English-language learners -- as well as a social worker and an assistant principal. However, district officials' desire to expand and maintain the pilot funding program is hampered by budget constraints.

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Colorado Public Radio
2/16/2017

The main concerns of faculty who resigned from Iowa public colleges and universities last year included dissatisfaction over salary, advancement opportunities and departmental leadership. University leaders say they're seeking to improve retention by making counteroffers, boosting benefits and giving some faculty members merit pay increases.

2/16/2017

President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held a meeting at the White House Tuesday for parents and teachers. The meeting included representatives from public, charter, private and home schools.

2/15/2017

New Florida school district Superintendent Diane Kornegay recently toured its schools to find ways to connect with teachers and students. The top concerns she says she will address are educators' requests for more time to collaborate and increased opportunities for professional development.

2/15/2017

Schools taking part in Tennessee's state Achievement School District program are struggling to keep good teachers, while local innovation districts have been able to recruit more top teachers, according to a study. Researchers say they expect retention rates at both programs to level off in the future.

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Chalkbeat
2/15/2017

School districts are among employers being targeted by email scammers seeking to receive employee information to file fraudulent tax returns or steal identities, according to warnings from the Internal Revenue Service and the Consortium for School Networking. The email phishing scheme involves sending official-looking emails requesting such information from staffers, officials say.

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T.H.E. Journal