A study shows the majority of kindergarten through grade 12 students are using technology to complete assignments, with only 42% primarily using pencil and paper. The data also show that 66% of teachers say technology increases student productivity while 60% say it's intellectually stimulating for students.
New Arkansas high-school principal Cody Chatman overcame obstacles to pursue a career as a teacher and administrator. Chatman was praised by his old high-school golf coach Kevin Hesslen as a hard worker who is very "focused and driven."
The DeKalb County School District in Georgia is using data to target teacher recruitment as well as offering bonuses to retain veteran teachers and attract new ones. Other districts are recruiting at local colleges and using social media to seek teachers, especially in areas such as special education.
The Ohio State Board of Education voted this week to delay until November its consideration of a proposal that would that would end A-to-F grading of schools and other policies. However, state Rep. Mike Duffey says lawmakers will consider state report cards most likely in September and would prefer input from the board before then.
Leaders in one Connecticut school district are seeking to open an academy for middle-school students with behavior issues. Superintendent Matthew Geary says the program would start with 45 students and provide a combination of individualized and in-classroom programming.
Erin Goodridge, a middle-school music teacher, teaches in a virtual classroom and says it is not so different from teaching in a traditional classroom. In this blog post, she describes how she created the virtual space "Coffeehouse LIVE," to allow students to perform their work virtually for an audience.
Teens' social networks may reveal how their brains work, according to studies by University of Pennsylvania neuroscience researchers. In this commentary, Emily Falk director of the Penn Communication Neuroscience Lab and Michael Platt, director of the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative, note that by better understanding how students make connections they can learn more about how to engage students.
Incoming middle-school students in one South Dakota district are getting a sneak peek at their new school through the Running Start program. The program allows students to learn the layout of the school building and meet classmates.
Academic professionals seeking to become deans should understand the intricacies -- and politics -- of the job before taking it, writes Rob Jenkins, an associate professor at Georgia State University's Perimeter College. In this commentary, he outlines the lessons he learned as both a department chairman and a dean.
Texas middle-school principal Howard Gatewood says he's been a servant leader his entire life and is looking forward to building relationships with students, staff and the community. Gatewood says he will promote participation in student organizations to help build discipline, goal-setting and teamwork.