One month after school opened, Detroit public schools still had nearly 200 unfilled teacher positions. What we really have is a long-standing shortage of effective teachers who match the openings that exist. In pursuing our misdiagnosis of an insufficient supply of teachers, we fail to address this chronic problem.
The Arkansas Board of Education is considering the state's first adult education public charter school. The Excel Center would be for the Little Rock School District. The school would serve adult students in ninth through 12th grade classes with a maximum enrollment of 125.
The Sarasota County School Board chose Todd Bowden to succeed Lori White as its new school superintendent next year. Bowden is currently the executive director of career, technical and adult education for Sarasota County and director of Suncoast Technical College.
The largest installed solar photovoltaic array on a public school system in Virginia, totaling 1.1MW, has been installed by Secure Futures LLC on six Albemarle schools. This is also the first solar installation on a public school system under Virginia's 2013 Pilot PPA Program legislation. The system will provide 22 percent of the school's annual electricity requirements.
With Moodle Mobile 3.1.3, learners can now private message other users, add a course note, complete a survey, create a new forum post or new wiki page and even complete an assignment offline. Other new featuresfocus on accessibility for all users.
Napa Junction Elementary School is spearheading the Napa Valley USD’s pilot plan to make all of its schools more secure by keeping intruders off campuses. The district plans to add gates, fencing, cameras and alarms to nearly all school campuses over the next few years as part of a $269 million school bond approved in June.
After 17 years at the helm, Londonderry's Superintendent of Schools Nathan Greenberg will retire at the end of the school year. The New Hampshire district's school board has already voted to promote Assistant Superintendent. Scott Laliberte to replace Greenberg.
BloomBoard and the Tennessee Department of Education have partnered to pilot a competency-based professional learning program for educators across the state. Teachers selected as mentors will partner with novice Tennessee teachers through the BloomBoard platform, where they will work toward earning specific micro-credentials selected for their program.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education pulled all of the state's school report cards amid concerns about the accuracy of the data used to calculate them. The errors only affect a small number of schools and involve the Keystone Exams, end-of-course exams in biology, English and algebra that are taken by high school students and some advanced middle schoolers.
Thirty specially trained college advisers are fanning out into high schools across Tennessee to encourage more young people to pursue higher education. The $2.4 million program will embed each adviser in a high school that has an average college-going rate that falls below the three-year state average of 58.8 percent.
Michael A. Rossi Jr., the superintendent for the Madison school district for the past five years, was chosen by the Sparta Board of Education as the new superintendent of schools. Rossi is replacing Dennis Tobin, who is retiring after serving as superintendent since 2012.
We must also assess whether and how we support civic education in our schools, especially high school. High schools can have a transformative role in improving both registration rates and actual voting. Not only are educated people more likely to vote, research suggests that high school social studies courses promote voting among children of immigrants.
Many California school districts offer their staff little or no guidance on when police should be called to control student behavior, according to a new study that comes as districts face increased pressure to redefine law enforcement’s role in public schools.
Burlington School Board members and teachers union negotiators reached a tentative agreement and averted a teachers strike after a marathon negotiation session. For more than a year, the teachers union and the School Board have been negotiating a one-year contract.
For far too many years, the mention of Detroit’s education woes has led to collective head-shaking. Detroit needs an identifiable, home-grown education leader and change agent. Significant civic attention must be devoted to changing how Detroit citizens view education. The school system should also consider the personalized learning model to increase test scores and graduation rates.