Industry News

10/3/2014

10/3/2014

Clarity Innovations has authored a book for K12 educators entitled, Personalized Learning: A Guide for Engaging Students with Technology, and published by the International Society of Technology in Education. The guide describes in actionable detail how to plan and implement 1-to-1 learning.

10/3/2014

Qualified graduates of Chicago's public high schools will be eligible for a free ride at one of the city's seven community colleges under a new scholarship program. The Chicago Star Scholarship will cover the costs of tuition, fees and books for graduates who have at least a 3.0 grade-point average and are academically ready for college-level math and English courses.

10/3/2014

San Francisco USD has been awarded $2.8 million over the next five years to provide targeted services to address the needs of students exposed to violence. The Project Prevent grant award from the US Department of Education will support an integrated school-based violence intervention and prevention program at the district's schools in the Bayview Zone.

10/3/2014

Indiana education leaders moved closer to a new system for grading the state’s schools. The most noticeable change will be a shift away from a 4.0, GPA-style grading scale to a 100-point grading scale in determining what letter grade a school receives.

10/3/2014

After examining the state's 7-point grading scale, North Carolina's Board of Education approved the switch to the 10-point grading scale. The move has been pushed by the state’s largest school districts as a way to simplify the system and level the playing field in college applications.

10/3/2014

Montclair State will be getting $6.2 million in federal funding to continue the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program, which is aimed at training STEM teachers to work in Newark public schools. Masters students receive tuition, fees, and a living stipend from the grant money, and preferential advancement from Newark Public Schools in the hiring process.

10/3/2014

The Caverna Board of Education hired Cornelius Faulkner to be the new superintendent for Caverna Independent Schools. Faulkner, who previously worked in the district as director of pupil personnel, as well as assistant superintendent, was voted the interim superintendent in July.

10/3/2014

More U.S. high school students are staying in school as the national dropout rate reached a record low last year, according to the US Census Bureau. Just 7 percent of 18-to-24 year olds had dropped out of high school. Although Hispanics still have the highest dropout rate among all major racial and ethnic groups, it reached a record-low of 14 percent in 2013, compared with 32 percent in 2000.

10/3/2014

After three months as interim leader of Milwaukee Public Schools, Darienne Driver was appointed superintendent, making her the first permanent female leader of the state's largest school district. Driver will officially take the reins this week from former superintendent Gregory Thornton, who resigned in June.

10/3/2014

Audisee eBooks with Audio from Lerner Digital are now available on Mackin Educational Resources's Mackin.com website. Lerner Publishing Group recently released 80 new titles across age levels, interests and genres that feature fixed formatting with sentence highlighting and audio narration.

10/3/2014

In Alabama, Associate Superintendent Rick McInturf has assumed the responsibility of leading Ozark City Schools as the new superintendent. McInturf has served in his previous role for eight years under former Superintendent Michael Lenhart.

10/3/2014

While students have the right to not participate in the pledge and should not be compelled to do so or disciplined for refusing, we hope few will choose to sit it out. Standing in silence during the pledge is a show of respect for other participants who feel strongly, similar to someone attending a religious service of a faith he did not follow, but still bowing his head during the prayer.

10/3/2014

After years of prompting the Seattle’s special-education program to fix ongoing problems, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is finally enacting real consequences. Hitting the program’s bottom line could serve as the heat Seattle Schools needs to fix its problems, but the district’s indolence on this important program does not inspire confidence.

10/3/2014

Districts need to market their referendums in a smarter way. Once they have a solid plan they need to reach out in new ways such as social media to get their message across. Voters are extremely busy today and must be convinced through new methods to lend their support at the polls.

10/3/2014

A settlement has been reached in a civil rights lawsuit filed against Knox County Schools after a meeting of a group that warns against the advancement of Islamic law was approved but then rejected when publicity about the April event arose.

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