To deter hackers, the IT team at Campbell County Public Schools in Virginia has deleted email addresses listed on the district website’s staff directory. Now, teachers and administrators communicate with parents through the student information system, the parent portal and direct emails.
Bills filed in both the House of Delegates and Senate would prohibit students from being found guilty of disorderly conduct for actions in school or on a school bus. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor in Virginia with a potential punishment of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
The New York district has picked Jeramy Clingerman to be its new superintendent. He has been at the helm of the Marcus Whitman school district. Clingerman will replace retiring Superintendent Bob McKeveny, who has been a Seneca Falls school district administrator for 27 years and superintendent since 2008.
When a student develops self-compassion, the seat of motivation shifts. Since internal value doesn’t depend on external achievement, it frees students up to experiment, take risks and try new paths. Self-compassion leads to learning goals instead of performance goals, which is a better academic motivator than self-criticism.
While the LAUSD strike is the latest installment of a trend driven by exasperated educators, various factors make it unique. The city’s public-school teachers are predominantly people of color—and a plurality of them are Latino, like most of the students they serve. Numerous teachers say a sense of solidarity with their students is what’s driving them to the picket lines.
Texas Tech’s College of Education recently received grant funding from the Texas Education Agency that will be used to expand efforts to increase the quality and diversity of teachers in rural school districts. The $484,000 grant will also enable the university to expand its partnership from five to 11 school districts.
About 33,000 kindergartners and first-graders in New York City will have access to free eyeglasses this year through an expanded partnership with the eyewear firm Warby Parker, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. More than 140,000 kids will get free eye exams from the city’s Department of Health.
One Michigan charter school, Eagle’s Nest Academy in Flint, is now requiring clear backpacks in the hopes that the move will help curb school violence. However, parents won’t have to spend their own money for the new backpacks as the school will provide the new clear ones to all students.
By the end of January, the state will publish the initial list of hundreds of low-performing California schools that must receive intensive help under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The State Board of Education has now approved how districts with any of those schools must verify what they’re doing to turn those schools around.
Sarasota school board members are considering a district-wide ban on any cellphone use during school, regardless of age or grade. In a previous proposed idea, elementary school students would have no access to their phones, while middle and high school students would have restricted access.
Carnegie Mellon University’s free, online curriculum for high school students helps instructors teach programming skills using graphics and animations. Now being piloted in 40 schools, the Computer Science Academy’s CS1 will be available for general use this fall, free of charge.
About 6 million students (one out of seven) miss at least 15 days during the school year, according to the Department of Education. Valerie Marsh and Shaun Nelms offer four-research supported practices that have proven to boost attendance in real schools with real students.
Students may never read another work of classical literature after they graduate, but they’ll see things on social media every day. Few skills could be more important these days than knowing when the news they are consuming or producing is credible, and when it’s fake.