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A powerful kind of PD for school administrators

Erich May
March, 2017
Erich May is the principal at McConnellsburg Middle and High School in Central Fulton School District in south-central Pennsylvania.

There is a kind of professional development that we rarely see but that many of us in school leadership could use. Some would call it coaching or mentoring, but what I’m describing is more specific—individualized instruction in an alternative setting off campus.

Schools try to remove stress of class rankings

Matt Zalaznick
February, 2017
NO MORE GPA IN EDUCATION—Graduates at Millard South High School in Omaha, Nebraska will no longer be ranked based on GPA in coming years. Administrators hope this will result in students focusing more on content and skills, rather than grades.

Millard Public Schools near Omaha, Nebraska, will switch to a college-like ranking system that designates graduates as magna cum laude, summa cum laude and cum laude.

Beyond K12: College, careers and kindergarten

Deborah Yaffe
February, 2017
CUSTOMIZED MORTAR BOARD—A kindergarten student, left, at Canyon View Elementary School in the Canyons School District creates and dons his very own paper academic cap, in preparation for graduation and college in 13 years, at the Kindergarten College-Ready Day last year. He had help from a Brighton High School student, right, who serves as a role model, preparing to end high school and enter post-secondary education.

On the first Friday of every school year, the new kindergartners of Utah’s Canyons School District look ahead to the future—far ahead. To mark Kindergarten College-Ready Day, the children make construction-paper mortar boards and march in mock graduation ceremonies.

New teacher prep rules face uncertain future in schools

Ray Bendici
January, 2017
States have to create education reporting systems during the 2016-17 school year, run pilots in the 2017-18 year, and begin implementing in the 2018-19 year. (GettyImages.com: DragonImages)

A new accountability and data collection system that the U.S. Department of Education proposed for teacher preparation programs last fall already faces challenges.

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