Preschool in a Utah district is being funding via social impact bonds, which leverage funding from private investors to prepay for seats. Under such models, investors are eligible to earn a return on investment if students meet specific benchmarks.
This article highlights how some MBA programs are updating curricula to accommodate current trends in business. New programs and courses are described in areas such as big data, blockchain, sustainability and soft skills.
EdX and its partner universities, MIT and Harvard, have developed 45 low-cost online MicroMasters degrees, and now are working on a MicroBachelors program expected to be released in the next couple of years. EdX is using a $700,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to develop the program.
What teachers say to students can have an effect on their emerging identities for the rest of their lives, educator Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. She shares both positive and negative experiences teachers have had on her life and suggests educators carefully consider what they say to students.
New Kansas school district Superintendent Michael Fulton and board of education President Brad Stratton say collaboration between administration, faculty, staff and the public is key to fostering student success. Fulton and Stratton also acknowledged growing diversity in the district and pledged to ensure each student receives equal educational opportunities.
Two North Carolina school districts have more black and Hispanic students enrolled in gifted-education programs than state and national averages. One district has increased its diversity by identifying as gifted the students in grades three through seven who score in the top 10% on screening tests for their racial subgroup.
Utah school districts are using mobile apps such as SafeUT and DIR-S to increase school security. The SafeUT app allows users to alert administrators to any unusual activity on campus, while the DIR-S app helps administrators identify who is in each classroom and whether to initiate lock-down procedures, school leaders say.
Academics, especially those in the science field, should keep work-life balance in mind when searching for a new job and should ask about an organization's policies and attitudes on the subject, writes CareerTrax founder David Jensen. Professionals also should identify their own work-life balance needs and find a job that's a good fit, he advises in this commentary.
There is a growing need for skilled workers to fill jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, lawmakers said during a subcommittee hearing for the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Lawmakers heard from employers, college leaders and others during the hearing.
Lawmakers and higher-education leaders are debating how best to allocate $4 billion in funding for programs to boost college completion and affordability that was included in a recently passed federal budget deal. Appropriators have until March 23 to allocate the money to fund such priorities as Pell Grants or the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.