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The Black Student Achievement liaison was highlighted on a list of advisory time and intervention innovations in the “Leading Forward” report by former longtime principal and National Association of Secondary School Principals president Gregg Wieczorek, who recently visited schools in every state looking for low-cost initiatives to overcome the common challenges faced by K-12 educators.
A program designed to give students more work-based learning experiences was launched Monday by the U.S. Departments of Education, Commerce and Labor. “Raise the Bar: Unlocking Career Success Initiative,” supported by an initial $5.6 million in funding, will also offer administrators updated guidance on using federal funds to develop and expand registered apprenticeships and other career pathways connected to in-demand industries such as advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity.
A growing number of superintendents across the nation are launching advisory councils to give students a role in district decision-making and to hear directly from learners about their biggest concerns. Springfield City’s superintendent’s student advisory council was launched about five years ago and comprises students from its main high school and its smaller project-based learning high school.
A brand new Education Recovery Scorecard is providing K-12 leaders with perhaps the clearest district-by-district comparison yet of each system’s road to academic recovery. The scorecard should help superintendents and their teams recalibrate their plans to tackle learning loss, say the researchers at Harvard and Stanford universities who conducted the analysis.
College students are taking fewer credit hours than before and conscious course scheduling is becoming more relevant, according to a new report from higher education resource company Ad Astra.
Preparing students for future political engagement ranked last when teachers were asked about the purpose of civics and citizenship education. The two topics are also often siloed into specific subjects, such as social science, rather than covered by teachers throughout a school’s curriculum, a new analysis finds.
Online training sessions and students' recommendations are helping speed up the process of filling open slots.
More than three in four teachers also said they have negative feelings about the state of their profession, according to a survey of 1,000 teachers and 125 administrators. About the same number of educators listed the mental health of their peers as their top concern. Higher salaries and benefits and more support for educator well-being would make teaching more appealing, the respondents said.
More parents said they were "very satisfied" with instruction at their children's schools in a new analysis, but education will remain a major issue in the midterm elections.