High schools that depend the most on credit-recovery programs have large increases in graduation rates, even though many students still perform poorly on standardized tests, according to a recent study from conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. Researchers found that while only 1 in 13 students is served by such programs, they are concentrated in schools with more students who are minorities and from low-income families.
Shannon Hovis, a fifth-grade teacher at a Missouri school, says she was inspired by posts on Pinterest to adopt flexible seating options for her students. Each Monday, students select a seat to use for that week, with options including space on a sofa, crates, stools and others, which she says allows more room to "wiggle."
A German-language school in Colorado has started its fourth year, now with 120 students, both children and adults. Housed in a church, the Boulder School for German Language and Culture offers children and teen students who become fluent the opportunity to attend a university in Germany for free.
College and universities hiring a chief human resource officer should seek candidates who understand the latest HR technology and how to use the institution's mission for recruiting, says John Thornburgh of executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. CHROs also should communicate well with senior staff and handle unexpected events with ease, Thornburgh adds.
Some schools are using software programs to develop master schedules to improve outcomes for students. Rather than just sorting students into classes based on logistics, the software aligns their schedules with other school objectives, including increasing diversity in the classroom and supporting small learning communities.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has released its yearly list of the healthiest US schools, based on metrics that include serving healthy foods, helping students be more active, and offering health and physical education. This year's list includes 461 schools in 28 states and the District of Columbia.
Colleges and universities are coming under increasing pressure from lawmakers and other stakeholders to come up with systems to measure and quantify student learning. Some experts say the diverse subjects studied by students make such measurements difficult, but some systems, such as the National Survey of Student Engagement, are being used by many institutions.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said civics education should be more of a priority in K-12 schools and colleges during a Constitution Day celebration Monday in Philadelphia. DeVos also called on colleges to avoid limiting speech on their campuses -- efforts she said sometimes target conservative voices.
High-school students in a North Carolina district are gaining workforce experience and training through a pre-apprenticeship program. Students who enroll in the program take college courses and gain experience working directly with employers.
Scientists examining topographical maps created from Dawn space probe data have found evidence of what were once 22 ice volcanoes on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres, according to findings published in Nature Astronomy. Researchers estimate the cryovolcanoes erupted for billions of years before flattening as they aged.
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