Nimet Eren, principal of Kensington Health Sciences Academy in Philadelphia, has improved the climate, academics and attendance at the high school since moving into the job in 2017. Eren, winner of the 2019 Lindback Distinguished Principal Award, says she makes it a point to celebrate student accomplishments, adding "party planner" to her role.
One Texas school district next year will use an outside firm to handle hiring and recruitment of substitute teachers. Officials say schools still will select which substitutes to use and follow current district policies.
Oklahoma lawmakers are considering a measure that would limit the use of four-day school weeks by state school districts. The bill would allow waivers under certain circumstances and include a $1,200 teacher pay raise supported by Gov. Kevin Stitt.
Students need to understand that the things they're learning in class can be applied to the real world, writes Erin Sweeney, executive director of Schools That Can Newark. Young people who learn the career and cultural relevancy of math, science and other subjects can become the empowered decision-makers of tomorrow, she writes.
Author Kerry Madden-Lunsford urged aspiring writers at Waynesville Middle School to plumb the depths of their own memories for inspiration -- and to integrate their difficulties into their writing. "You never know what story you're living now will become your creative story in the future," said Madden-Lunsford, author of the children's book "Ernestine's Milky Way."
The annual Missouri River Days event is marked by fourth-grade students at Columbia Public Schools in Missouri leaving the confines of the classroom to explore science in the living laboratory provided by the river. The students study Lewis and Clark's journals, learn to identify trees and hear from biologists.
When a burst pipe forced Widener University President Julie Wollman to relocate her office to a classroom building, she writes about how the experience gave her a new perspective. The move has revealed ways she can improve, not just the student and faculty experience, but campus buildings and other services, she notes in this commentary.
While top-tier executives may seem to be the most attractive targets for cybercriminals, lower-level engineering and research and development staffers are more commonly used to hack into companies to gather data, a Proofpoint survey has found. Also, criminals' use of fraudulent social media accounts has grown recently.
Governors State University's new chief diversity officer, Corey Williams, says support systems are needed to attract and retain a diverse student body. Williams says he will seek to create a culture on the Illinois college campus where "honest" and "courageous" conversations can take place to "create that safe space for people to seek understanding."
Students who used a version of Minecraft that was modified to fit curricula in math and language arts showed improvement in problem-solving, reading and writing skills, according to a study. University of Montreal researcher Thierry Karsenti writes that using boundaries and structure for the game is crucial to fostering positive learning outcomes through its use.
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