New Minnesota school district superintendent Scott Hall says he will encourage faculty and staff to focus on the social and emotional growth of each student as well as academics. Hall, who began his career 13 years ago as a social studies teacher, says that "positively influencing students and staff was a motivating factor," in his choice to enter education.
California education leaders say they will revise a proposed ethnic studies curriculum and put it back before the state board of education for approval next year. Critics say the curriculum, developed by a 20-member committee of teachers and experts, was biased and omitted some ethnic groups.
Family, finances and health issues may all be good reasons to retire from an academic position, or they may be what keeps a leader in a job, writes Matt Reed, vice president for learning at Brookdale Community College. Knowing when to depart or when to stay is key to both leaving a good legacy and continuing a satisfying career, Reed asserts in this blog post.
Chisholm Middle School in Enid, Okla., brought in local police Sgt. Nick John to talk to students about how to be safe on social media. John also walked students through a new state law that bars making threats online or via messaging and urged students to think before they post.
Students at three middle schools in Washington's Snoqualmie Valley School District will get twice-weekly advisory classes starting this fall. The grade-level courses will help students prepare for high school and college and teach them life and career skills.
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine has begun the Middle School to Medical School program, designed to help socially and economically disadvantaged youth consider pursuing careers in medicine. The goal is to give middle-school students the opportunity to experience the health-care field and "hopefully inspire them to know they too can become a physician," said Felix Morales, associate dean of the School of Medicine Office of Admissions.
Bestselling author Mike Lupica, who writes novels about sports, told students at Pilgrim Park Middle School in Wisconsin not to let their smartphones distract them from developing a love of reading. Lupica talked about spending much of his childhood in libraries and alleviating boredom by coming up with story ideas, and said he might not have become an author without those formative experiences.
Virginia elementary-school principal Elizabeth Korab says she's focusing on building community, positivity and respect and will promote culturally responsive teaching to engage students and boost academic performance. "If we want all students to be able to be successful, thinking at higher levels, how are we giving all students exposure and opportunity to be engaged in higher level thinking," she says.
The Pennsylvania State Board of Education is considering replacing its current science standards, adopted 17 years ago, with Next Generation Science Standards that focus on building problem-solving skills. Currently, 44 states and the District of Columbia have adopted Next Generation standards.
For the past three years, Enterprise Middle School in Richland, Wash., has centered the school day around kindness, from morning greetings to helping students feel safe in reporting bullies. The school adopted a social-emotional learning program called Character Strong, which aims to teach servant leadership, and has an app through which students can anonymously notify officials about acts of bullying.
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