Computational thinking skills, such as abstraction and pattern recognition, can be used in project-based lessons to boost student learning across the curriculum, writes computational thinking program manager Eli Sheldon. In this blog post, he gives examples of how such thinking can be applied to English and social studies classes.
Virginia teacher Evan Pfeiffer created escape rooms for his eighth-grade civics class to engage his students in studying historical documents. With the help of volunteers, Pfeiffer built three escape rooms in the school auditorium that each took about 20 minutes to solve.
Some colleges and universities, including the University of Denver, are revamping their employee and faculty evaluations to include more ongoing coaching and consideration of contributions outside the classroom. Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, says the changes signal a shift away from "a punitive approach for performance evaluation."
People who don't feel valued will leave your organization, which leaves a lasting mark on a manager's legacy, writes executive coach Shubha Apte. "It is too late to applaud a person on his last day of employment with the company, even if you are doing it out of courtesy," Apte writes.
Higher-education diversity officers are "coalition-builders" seeking to change the culture on campus, says Armenta Hinton, director of diversity, inclusion and Title IX at Elizabethtown College. Diversity officers from around the country gathered recently to discuss their roles at the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education's Standards of Professional Practice Institute.
Minnesota school district Superintendent Ed Graff says school leadership is "not for the faint of heart," and adds that his office has developed leadership profiles for each school to ease leadership transitions and ensure the best environment for students. In this Q&A, Graff, who formerly led the school district in Anchorage, Alaska, says school success hinges on alignment among stakeholders such as students, community members and parents.
One New York school district, to recruit novice teachers, held a job fair that featured a panel of teachers talking about the rewards of the career. Elizabeth Wood, assistant superintendent for instruction for the district, says they're facing shortages of applicants in areas such as math, special education and computer sciences.
Arkansas' Legislative Council last week cleared revised state school accreditation standards approved by the Arkansas State Board of Education that allow schools to drop formerly required journalism courses. The standards require schools to offer a minimum of 38 courses in broad subject areas such as math and English, but no longer mandate specific courses.
Students at a California middle school are learning about entrepreneurship through the LaunchPad program at the University of California at San Diego. Students spent a week researching a problem that interested them, being mentored by business professionals and presenting their ideas for a product to solve a problem.
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