Member Stories

February 11 – 18
Here's what we're reading by EWA members

Digital tools for teachers are aplenty, but many districts offer virtually no training on how to use apps and widgets in the classroom. The private sector is stepping in, writes Meghan E. Murphy for The Hechinger Report.

Sacramento State University, where just 8 percent of freshmen from 2010 had earned degrees by last year, has hired a graduation czar to improve that figure, reports Diana Lambert of The Sacramento Bee. Improved mental health and better software are two of his main tools.”

By fall of this year, the Dallas school district wants to offer a campus that has as many low-income students as more affluent kids, report Tawnell Hobbs and Holly Hacker for The Dallas Morning News. It’s part of a larger shift toward economic integration in the city’s schools.

Anna Burleson of The Grand Forks Herald describes the frustration campus safety officers at University of North Dakota feel after the state limited their jurisdiction, even in cases where students are suspected of DUIs near the university.

Officials in Tennessee are asking what went wrong after their months-in-the-making online-assessment system crashed on test day, reports Grace Tatter of Chalkbeat Tennessee.

Ana Ley of the Las Vegas Review-Journal details the disappointing results at the state’s largest college in graduating low-income students who received a new state scholarship.

Teacher accountability metrics put in place as part of a package of education reforms in 2012 show that 98 percent of Connecticut teachers are proficient or better at their jobs. But some aren’t buying the numbers, reports Linda Lambeck for The Connecticut Post.

Kathy Baron for GreatSchools offers insight into parents’ honoring the trust of their children.

Home economics classes are morphing into lessons on collaboration, teamwork and listening comprehension, reports Rachel Morello for WUWM in Milwaukee.

Joy Resmovits writes for the Los Angeles Times about the family history of the UCLA gymnast whose moves at a recent competition went viral.

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