An inclusive culture -- along with accessible physical spaces -- are needed to buoy the number of students with special needs completing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields, suggests Ed Stein, director for the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access. Luticha Doucette, who works in science and uses a wheelchair, describes the cultural and physical barriers that delayed her education.
The question of whether boys are better at math than girls isn't an easy one to answer, writes Florida State University assistant professor Colleen Ganley. In this commentary, she writes that boys and girls excel in different areas, such as spatial and numerical skills, and recommends researchers focus more on math attitudes to understand the math gender gap.
Chicago elementary-school principal Marilyn McCottrell has worked to close the academic gap between black girls and boys in her school since black boys were improving at a slower rate. "Nothing is solved," McCottrell said, but the school is making progress by focusing more time on boys, revamping grading standards and using restorative justice practices.
An Indiana school district has boosted the leadership skills of both faculty and students, writes the district's assistant superintendent, Lynn Simmers. In this commentary, Simmers outlines how they undertook the project by coaching teachers and emphasizing a growth mindset.
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.
More than $174 million in federal grant money will go to Texas schools to help with education costs for students displaced by Hurricane Harvey, said US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The funding is part of a $359.8 million package of federal grants being given to 21 states and territories that worked with displaced students who were affected by natural disasters.
Black boys attending California schools are 3.6 times more likely to be suspended than the all-student average, according to a report. Education researchers from San Diego State University and the University of California at Los Angeles found that suspension rates for black boys are lowest in elementary school, rise in middle school and begin to decline in high school.
All of California's community colleges have implemented the state's Guided Pathways program to help students map out their college career and improve chances for completion. Most schools are in the early stages of implementation, according to the chancellor's office, but participation can make schools eligible for other state-funded programs.
College and university leaders can improve decision-making by creating an elected university senate made up of stakeholders including faculty, staff and students, writes Scott Cowen, president emeritus of Tulane University. In this commentary, he outlines how this model of shared governance can produce both enthusiasm and results.
College and university communication leaders seeking to implement a market research project need to clearly spell out their goals and engage with key partners such as alumni, employers or prospective students, writes Paul Redfern, vice president for communications at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. In this blog post, he also recommends creating a report outlining specific steps to implement research results.