An Illinois junior high school is aiming to change how it grades students to offer feedback beyond grades. According to the proposal, teachers would rank students on a number scale for academic habits, such as classroom engagement and initiative, while practice assignments, such as homework and quizzes, would receive more weight in letter grades.
K-12 education experts say some of the top concerns for district leaders implementing the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act center on such areas as testing and fair distribution of funding. Jeff Simering, director of legislative services for the Council of the Great City Schools, says he expects leaders to have more questions as states finalize their accountability plans.
Organizations that make the most progress incorporating diversity into their mission are those that have the full support of top leaders, says Joelle Emerson, CEO of consulting company Paradigm. In this Q&A, Emerson notes the most effective leaders are those who prioritize diversity and hold workers accountable for achieving that goal.
This article includes ideas from experts and education leaders as well as examples of innovation and leadership as the new school year begins. Ideas include seeking coaching, strengthening relationships and shadowing students.
More than 90% of school district leaders across the country say their top priority for education technology is to personalize learning for students, according to a survey from the Center for Digital Education. The survey also reveals that about three-quarters of districts offer blended-learning options and more educators are expressing concern about student data and privacy issues.
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner says he wants to allow certified teachers from Connecticut and Massachusetts to be able to assume hard-to-fill teacher vacancies in his state. Wagner says he's also in favor of fast-tracking certification for English-as-a-second-language teachers by providing them an endorsement instead of full certification.
New academic standards in computer science were approved by the New Hampshire State Board of Education. The standards, which will go into effect over the next few years, will focus on building technical skills such as data analysis and coding.
Providing a structured time for conversations about what students are learning can improve the classroom environment and reduce off-topic student chatting, middle-school educator Kasey Short writes in this blog post. She offers several strategies for small-group and whole-class discussions.
A report from Jobs for the Future shows that 90% of those surveyed say it is an organization's responsibility to enhance employee skills through programs and initiatives. The data also show that 39% say employers should offer incentives to technology workers seeking to improve their skills while 34% said nontech workers should enjoy the same benefit.
HR leaders should use prescriptive analytics and data that show the effects of proposed changes, say Nakisa's Sebastiaan Bos and Ian Latulippe. They recommend system integration and a unified platform that provides a reliable source of information.
- Page 1