Eighteen middle-school students from Buffalo, N.Y., gave 3- to 6-minute oratory presentations in the final round of the local school district's 112th Annual Richmond Speaking Contest. The students had to give memorized speeches to a lecture hall without using microphones in the contest, which aims to boost public speaking skills.
Some schools are building educational frameworks to develop "global professional skills," or GPS, at all grade levels, John McCarthy writes. The GPS rubric includes empathy, problem-solving, social and emotional learning, creativity, collaboration and other elements that proponents say will give students a competitive edge in the workforce no matter what career path they pursue.
Shakae Dupre-Campbell, the principal of Middle Years Alternative for the Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia, says she has shared personal stories with staff and faculty to help motivate them to better serve students. Making herself vulnerable helped build trust with her team and prompted them to motivate each other to achieve goals, she explains in this commentary.
Nevada lawmakers have advanced a measure that would provide funding for a new education center they hope will attract students to become teachers in the state. The building on the campus of Nevada State College is expected to cost $55.9 million.
The Oregon House of Representatives has passed a measure requiring the state board of education to develop rules and policies aimed at preventing student suicides. "Adi's Act," which was named for high-school student Adi Staub who committed suicide in 2017, awaits the signature of Gov. Kate Brown.
Connecticut high-school principal Joseph Blake says he rarely spends time at his desk because he wants to be involved in students' lives and encourage them to stay in school. Blake, who has been named 2019 principal of the year by the Connecticut Association of Schools, is described by teacher Gary Baumgartner as someone who sees teachers as partners whose ideas are valued.
The National Association for Healthcare Quality has issued a study that outlines 486 behavior-based competencies recommended for a quality workforce. Lifespan Health System of Rhode Island said it has saved about $12 million by putting a greater focus on workforce quality.
Hispanic and African-American students in California had higher math and English-language scores in schools where their teachers had more experience and qualifications, according to a new study. Earlier studies, however, showed that a disproportionate number of African-American and Hispanic students in the state were being taught by inexperienced teachers.
The Oakland Unified School District's Oakland Goes Outdoors program will allow all middle-school students to go on overnight camping trips in the San Francisco Bay Area. Officials say the $1 million program will help with subjects such as science and ecology, as well as with social and emotional learning.
Colorado middle-school principal Jennifer Lamont, who has spent 20 years as a teacher and administrator, in this Q&A notes the importance of a culture of trust and good relationships among parents, students and other stakeholders. "Clear communication and an openness and appreciation for feedback make families and community partners feel welcome and a valued part of school," Lamont says.
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