The chronic absenteeism crisis part 2: What can administrators do?

William Woods EDU

Students who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten and first grade are less likely to read at grade level by third grade, reports the Ad Council, and students who are not at reading level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Furthermore, the Ad Council recently released a […]

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The chronic absenteeism crisis part 1: What can educators do?

William Woods EDU

In June, the U.S. Department of Education released a report of the first national data set on chronic absence, revealing that over six million students — about 14 percent of the student population — missed 15 or more days of school in 2013-2014. The report also specifies that, although chronic absenteeism occurs in every grade, […]

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The importance of teaching global competence: Part 2

William Woods EDU

“Our students have the opportunity and challenge of living and working in a diverse and rapidly changing world. Public schools must prepare our young people to understand and address global issues, and educators must re-examine their teaching strategies and curriculum so that all students can thrive in this global and interdependent society.” – Former National […]

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The importance of teaching global competence: Part 1

William Woods EDU

Global competence is defined by the Global Competence Task Force — a group of state education agency leaders, education scholars and practitioners — as “the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance.” Education leaders throughout the world recognize global competence as an important element of the education we provide our […]

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Fostering positive parent-coach relationships

William Woods EDU

The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) reports more than 60 million registered participants in organized youth sports programs in the United States. (That’s over 15 million more than the reported 44 million in 2008.) It’s no denying that youth sports is an integral part of growing up in American culture — from little league baseball […]

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Education students learn the importance of hands-on learning

William Woods EDU

As an undergraduate education major you will be working in classrooms full of students with vastly different learning styles from kinesthetic or tactile learners — who understand best through movement — to auditory learners — who benefit most from listening and talking things through. Visual learners benefit from the opportunity to watch others create, and social […]

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The mental health epidemic in schools, part 2: An educator’s role

William Woods EDU

In our last Look Into Education post, we discussed the mental health crisis that is sweeping across schools in the U.S. — with estimates of one in five children experiencing some type of severe mental illness in their life. We’ve discussed the role of education leaders in this crisis, however, in this post we will […]

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The mental health epidemic in schools, part 1: An education leader’s role

William Woods EDU

According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, approximately 13 percent of children ages 8-15 experience a severe mental disorder at some point in their life, and for those ages 13-18 it is 21.4 percent. Over the past several months, NPR has been producing a special series called A Silent Epidemic: The Mental Health Crisis […]

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Athletic Directors and a Culture of Student-First Athletes

William Woods EDU

In one National Collegiate Athletic Association advertisement, the NCAA famously states, “there are over 400,000 NCAA student athletes, and just about all of us will be going pro in something other than sports.” One goal from this ad: to promote the academic and professional opportunities provided to student-athletes. Secondarily, to educate viewers on the academic […]

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What’s wrong with America’s public education system: A call for higher quality education leadership

William Woods EDU

In August, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) International, a professional association for educators, released their 2016 survey of Critical Issues in Public Education, weighing Americans’ opinions of public schools. The survey found that the public is split on a wide array of fundamental issues in public education regarding funding, curriculum, priorities, educational standards and goals. For […]

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