As schools depart from traditional instructional methods and environments, some education leaders are discovering how a combination of blended learning and reimagined physical learning spaces can lead to better student engagement and achievement. Redesigning physical learning spaces can lead to brain-friendly learning and encourage students to become more engaged. And when learning spaces are flexible, they provide
[Editor’s note: This post is the third in a new column for eSchool News. In her column on ‘Personal Development’, eSchool News Columnist Jennifer Abrams focuses on tangible takeaways, tools and teachings that all those working in schools can use to develop their leadership. Read more about the column and browse future content here.] “When you listen to
In Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS), all 10 of our elementary schools have a STEM lab. As early as kindergarten, students begin engaging in hands-on learning and exploring STEM careers. Yet, even with regular visits to the STEM lab throughout elementary school, our fifth graders struggled on the Florida Statewide Science Assessment. Another challenge was
The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) and Empirical Education Inc. recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact research in U.S. K-12 Schools. These guidelines help clarify how research is conducted and how information is presented to users of edtech products based on the changes brought by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
BARCO SOLUTION KEY BENEFITS Improves student learning & drives engagement Ease of use for teachers & stimulates interactive teaching Supports different BYOD operating systems & perfectly integrates in the network The Richardson Independent School District in Texas, USA, was not looking for just any wireless solution. They wanted one that would accommodate all users. This
Relationships are the foundation of learning. When students feel connected to their teacher and their peers, they’re more likely to thrive. How can teachers forge these connections within a remote learning environment? For education consultant Lainie Rowell, that’s the central question facing educators as they’ve moved instruction entirely online amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Cultivating a
The day after the election- regardless of the outcome – is going to be difficult. We are in a country that is severely divided, and we have lost hundreds of thousands to this pandemic that we refuse to take seriously. Knowledge workers are safely working from their homes, or even vacation homes, while millions are
The Education Department says it was trying to make it simpler for institutions to report crime and campus safety statistics required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. But experts in the law’s reporting requirements said the move — eliminating a thick department handbook guiding administrators — will
We’re celebrating a decade of the Academic Minute this week with one segment from each year. In this segment from 2019, Randolph College’s Lesley Shipley discussed how we react to art. Shipley is an assistant professor of art history at Randolph. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
The State University of New York College at Oneonta has struggled mightily with the coronavirus this fall — and those failures may have cost its president her job. The SUNY system’s chancellor, Jim Malatras, announced Thursday that Barbara Jean Morris would be replaced as Oneonta’s president, starting immediately, to “finalize the college’s plan for the
Public health experts have predicted that the COVID-19 pandemic, however bad it may be right now, is going to get worse. As cold weather arrives in much of the country, people may find themselves less likely to conduct their socializing or hobbies outdoors, where the virus has a harder time spreading, and may find themselves
Female academics on fixed-term contracts at Chinese universities are twice as likely to modify their childbearing plans as tenured colleagues, according to a survey that indicates that the introduction of a “publish or perish” mentality in the country’s higher education system has been exacerbated by limited adoption of mother-friendly workplace practices. The survey, completed by
Ed-tech innovators and investors haven’t missed faculty members’ widespread frustration with current videoconferencing tools’ limitations — frustration that’s only grown as the global pandemic drags on and many classes continue to be delivered online or in hybrid formats. Start-up company Engageli announced today that it has raised $14.5 million in seed funding to develop a new
Think things are bad in higher ed?  Imagine the theater world.  Its primary audience, older adults, is the least likely to return to plays or musicals. Virtually its entire workforce is unemployed, without a paycheck and, in many instances, without benefits.  The industry’s future is bleak. The New York Times recently asked theater critics, producers, directors, and
The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in waves of layoffs and furloughs in higher education. While adjunct faculty and other academic workers have been affected, employees who work in nonacademic and nonadministrative roles, such as dining and custodial services, have been particularly targeted by cost-cutting measures. At Rutgers University, for example, which is holding most classes online this
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When the Justice Department sued Yale University last week for considering race and ethnicity as one factor in its admissions policies, it was the latest example of the Trump administration pushing a conservative agenda by targeting colleges over issues like race and protests against conservative speakers on campuses. And higher ed leaders worry that one
Another day, another drumbeat of higher ed news related to the coronavirus, spanning sports, politics and campus decision making. The New England Small College Athletic Conference on Thursday announced the cancellation of the Division III league’s winter sports season. The league appears to be one of the first to take this step, with the National Collegiate
To the Editor: Although I can understand the frustration of Anonymous, who could not get a full-time teaching position at her husband’s university, I’d like to offer a counter viewpoint. I work in a department where full-time positions become available only every three to five years, and there are only three full-time positions. The majority
The National Collegiate Athletic Association reprimanded the University of Washington for fronting the travel costs of families of baseball recruits when they made visits to the university from 2016 to 2018, according to a decision by the Division I Committee on Infractions announced on Oct. 9.  The committee found that UW baseball coaches arranged travel
Princeton University will establish a new residential college named for Mellody Hobson, president and co-CEO of Ariel Investments, on the site of the former Wilson College. Hobson, a Black woman, and the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation made a donation that will lead the project. She hopes the college that bears her name will remind students that
Lauryn Craine-Farries was supposed to be on campus at Missouri Valley College when she recently showed up at her family home near Chicago. She had driven nearly seven hours from the private liberal arts college in Marshall, Mo. and was very upset — “just hysterical,” according to her mother — by the time she arrived.
Christopher L. Caterine seemed on the right path toward tenure-track success. He earned a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Virginia in 2014. He was several years into a visiting assistant professorship at Tulane University, and he had more time to go. Still, he made a decision and left academe. He tells the story
Here are a few tidbits about today’s college students: A quarter have an immigrant parent. Most do not have a biological sibling, though many have step siblings. Most did not grow up with two biological parents. Only two-thirds describe themselves as exclusively heterosexual. Most didn’t date regularly or have sexual intercourse while in high school. Few
We are over 6 months into our new COVID realities. Tempers are flaring. Patience is in short supply. What techniques have you developed to lessen your knee-jerk reactions?  Elizabeth Ross Hubbell, Academic Impressions, Denver, CO, USA When the trigger comes across via email, one thing that helps me is to remove the email from my
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When Brian Rubaie first judged a collegiate debate competition featuring the California State University, Fresno, team in September 2017, he was immediately impressed by Tom Boroujeni, the director of the Barking Bulldogs debate team, who appeared to be “an exceptionally dedicated coach.” Boroujeni, a lecturer of argumentation and policy debate, was one of three finalists
I started reading An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization (DDO) one day over the summer and I’ve been returning to it as I have time. I started listening to it again over the weekend and I came across a powerful question – How might I be wrong? – and I stopped and jotted
Popular Right Now University of New Hampshire suspends professor amid investigation into online persona Authors discuss new book on equity in higher education The benefits of an academics-only college (opinion) COVID-era experience strengthens faculty belief in value of online learning, institutions’ support f Sacred Heart University withdraws from University of Bridgeport acquisition, dropping deal to
There’s nothing like the hangman’s noose to focus the mind. For many small private colleges and public regional comprehensives, tough times lie ahead. The cost, demographic and revenue challenges that these institutions currently confront aren’t going away. Although it’s unlikely that large numbers of colleges will close in the short term, many will experience chronic
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its COVID-19 testing guidance for colleges Wednesday. The new guidance includes fresh detailed information on how to prioritize testing for students, faculty members and staff members in the event of an outbreak. But it disappointed some experts who think the CDC’s guidance on testing asymptomatic individuals for
Notre Dame President Tests Positive for COVID-19 Oct. 2, 1:20 p.m. The University of Notre Dame announced Friday that its president, the Reverend John Jenkins, tested positive for COVID-19 just days after attending a White House event for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. A colleague Father Jenkins was in regular contact with had tested positive for
Academics have been brought in to directly scrutinize Dutch legislation, chiding the government for vague policy goals and aiming to offer lawmakers evidence-based alternative policies. While lawmakers the world over routinely get advice from academics, the Dutch pilot scheme, which aims to become a “gold standard” for scientific scrutiny, goes a step further and asks
Contact tracing has been a hallmark of college reopening plans, an essential part of any successful attempt. But on some campuses, faculty, staff and students have raised concerns that contact tracing at their universities isn’t going far enough. Specifically, in many cases students and instructors attending in-person class together are not considered “close contacts” for
Within weeks after colleges around the country closed their campuses and shifted to remote learning as COVID-19 descended last spring, students and lawyers sprang into action, filing lawsuits seeking reimbursements of tuition and fees on top of the housing and dining refunds that many institutions granted. They argued that the virtual learning they were getting