Arizona high-school principal Ben Rodriguez says new principals should focus on details, have clear goals, build relationships and evaluate their strategies to achieve success. Principals set the vision for their school, he notes in this Q&A, but they also need to be willing to ask for help.
Seventh-graders at a Wyoming middle school took on challenging and sometimes fear-inspiring issues in a project dubbed "Combat the Silence." The Jackson Hole Middle School students reflected on social injustices and came up with ways to address them while raising money for local charities.
Albuquerque Public Schools has hired an outside firm to bring more substitute teachers into the classroom with the hope that they can be recruited to become full-time educators. The district also will hold a job fair and leaders hope a 6% salary increase approved by lawmakers will also attract new educators.
One Minnesota school district and four others in the country are testing out new bus safety technology that uses radar to predict whether cars will stop for school buses. The Predictive Stop Arm senses the speed and distance of oncoming cars and can warn drivers and students if it is unsafe to cross roads.
A New Hampshire legislative committee is objecting to a proposed "Learn Everywhere" measure that would allow high-school students to receive graduation credits for extracurricular activities. Opponents say the measure would disadvantage students who can't take part in such activities.
Researchers from Teachers College, Columbia University, say their data shows that the US Education Department is allowing states and school districts to take the lead in creating and implementing their Every Student Succeeds Act accountability plans. They also note in this commentary that state plans that did not fully comply with the new law were, nevertheless, approved by federal officials.
Teachers, staff and former students at Martinsburg North Middle School in West Virginia volunteered their time and talents this month to decorate their school with inspirational messages and artwork. The art project was the latest student-outreach effort put forth by the School Pride Committee.
When faculty leaders make decisions that become controversial or contentious, they need the courage and commitment to rethink their conclusions and work to find consensus, write Arizona State University professor George Justice and Dartmouth College professor Carolyn Dever. Stakeholders, they write in this commentary, will "respect your humility, appreciate your flexibility and hopefully give you the benefit of the doubt on the next tough call."
Middle-school students taking part in the Baylor Freedom Schools summer literacy enrichment program in Texas made their voices heard this week as they marched against gun violence during the National Day of Social Action. The program helps students reinforce their literacy by using texts that are relevant to them and getting them engaged in civic causes.
The North Carolina state board of education has approved two new charter schools in Wake County, but with lower enrollment numbers than had been proposed. Last month the board approved 10 new charter schools for the state which are slated to open in 2020.
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