Teachers are spending an average of $652 of their own money this year to buy supplies and pay for professional development, according to a survey from SheerID and Agile Education Marketing. Researchers estimate that this is 39% more than last year and the highest in the past five years.
About half of educators say they use vendor reports to find education-technology products, but just 24% say they trust vendors to conduct reliable research, according to an Education Research Perspectives survey. Survey respondents say schools and districts, research firms and education nonprofit organizations are best-suited to perform valid studies on these tools.
Knowing about the future salary and job security of careers open to a particular major didn't seem to make much difference in students' choices, according to a study of Rutgers University students. Researchers also found that showing students potential salaries helped them lower their expectations on what they might earn after graduation.
CEOs who earned an MBA before the 1970s, when diversification was taught as a good strategy in business school, were 17% more likely to pursue the strategy than CEOs without an MBA, according to a study. The researchers write in this commentary that CEOs who earned MBAs after the 1970s were less likely to pursue diversification after the strategy came under criticism.
A survey from the Chartered Association of Business Schools found that 77% of UK business schools say they're facing increased competition for students. Experts say several factors may be playing a role, including the growth of business education in Asia as well as a lack of investment in curriculum development at some UK schools.
Administrators in the Springfield School District in Oregon say career and technical programs are helping to raise graduation rates for students. The graduation rate for students who take just two CTE courses is 91%, administrators noted.
Educators at a Florida middle school have worked to change the school's culture and academic offerings and have improved its state rankings from an "F" to a "C." The school is launching six academic academies that allow students to focus on pathways from law to tourism, and has created community partnerships that provide free supplies, mentoring and online access to high-school classes.
A Minnesota school district is opening a new school to help fourth- and fifth-graders prepare for the transition between elementary and middle school. Students will have access to lockers and will be grouped in houses that will switch between two classrooms to get them used to a multi-classroom setting.
New Hampshire elementary-school principal Chas Miller is hosting a listening tour to hear the concerns of teachers, students and parents as he begins his new job. Miller says he wants to understand the needs of stakeholders and says he believes "everybody needs a voice in the school."
Some school districts are designing schools to accommodate students' sensory and emotional needs. With teacher input, a Minnesota district built schools to reduce sensory stimulation by having climate controls in each classroom, windows placed high on walls and rubberized floors and wainscotting.
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