Retiring Pennsylvania high-school Principal Bruce Levy recently reflected on his tenure and discussed the importance of building relationships, with everyone from superintendents to students. After more than 35 years as an educator and principal, Levy says he hopes he's taught his students to appreciate diversity.
Effective differentiation for students who are gifted and struggling is unlikely to happen in a traditional, teacher-led classroom, instructional coach Lisa Westman writes in this blog post. Instead, she advocates for differentiation for all learners through a more student-centered approach where students learn to collaborate with other learners of all abilities.
Art students at a Virginia high school are creating portraits of refugee children from Syria and child orphans from Tanzania for the Memory Project, a national program. Teacher Jon Roark described the program as beneficial to all of the young people involved, from the Virginia students who draw the portraits based on a photograph and the overseas child, who will receive their portrait in the mail.
President Donald Trump's proposed elimination of Title II funding, which supports professional development, has drawn concern from some. Eric Hanushek, with the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, says that, rather than eliminating the funds, states and district could find ways to use them more effectively.
Some community colleges in California are using several measures, including students' high-school GPAs, to decide if remedial classes are required. A new report found too many students are taking remedial classes and lawmakers are considering a bill that would require colleges to use multiple measures to require remediation.
Students at Maine's for-profit colleges and universities, especially female and low-income students, carry a higher debt load than their peers at state public and private nonprofit colleges, according to a new report. The data also show that just 44% of for-profit college students in the state who were not in default paid at least $1 of their loans, compared to 67% at public schools and 86% at private schools.
Finances and enrollment declines are the biggest worries on the minds of community-college presidents, according to a new survey. Some 60% of presidents say enrollment has declined over the past three years, with some reporting declines of 10% or more, while 80% say they're pressured by financial matters.
The University of Michigan has surpassed its $4 billion fundraising goal with nearly two years left in the campaign, it was announced yesterday. The campaign was boosted by several large donations, including $200 million from Stephen Ross, a New York real estate tycoon and majority owner of the Miami Dolphins.
A mother shared a note online written by her 7-year-old son, suggesting that his teachers wanted him to stay up late playing video games. The note, signed "the school," suggested the boy was performing poorly in "video game class."
The newest update discusses the rights of international students seeking entry into the United States through international airports or other ports of entry, including if customs agents can seize and search their electronic devices. For details on this latest update and what it means for the academic community, visit GMAC's Immigration and Visa Policy Updates page.