Local principals learn valuable lessons

Mon, Jun 30, 2014 - 1:18pm

Great schools have leaders with a laser-like focus on what they need to do well.

For example, an elementary school may decide its success will hinge on increasing time to teach reading skills — and incorporate reading in every project in all content areas.

If they use technology, they use it only for reading remediation — not product production.

“A narrow, laser-like focus on what you need to do — that’s what great schools are doing,” said Jeff Blacklock.

The Midwestern State University professor from the West College of Education taught Thursday’s session of the Principal Leadership Academy, a three-...

A little more about Stephen Fuller's heir apparent

Thu, Jun 26, 2014 - 2:01pm

They've got Cowboys, we've got Redskins.

They've got 6.8 million people, we've got just over 6 million, but packed into about 60 percent as much space as the Texas plains.

They've got the energy industry, we've got the federal government.

Those are some of the differences facingTerry Clower as he prepares to joinGeorge Mason University in August as...

UNT Professor Ruth West Is Linking Art and Science to Make Both Easier to Understand

Thu, Jun 26, 2014 - 1:52pm

UNT professor Ruth West is showing me a diagram of branching lines that resembles a March Madness bracket. It's Darwin's handiwork. The scientist sketched the visual tool in order to reclassify earth's living genealogy, as informed by evolution. It's just one artful rendering, but it represents a total change of perspective in how we view and understand the world. Ruth West likes that. A lot.

This sweet spot, the intersection of aesthetics and research, is where West digs in. She moved to Denton from Los Angeles last year to educate across four of UNT's colleges -- Information, Visual Arts and...

The Q&A: Mike Moses

Thu, Jun 26, 2014 - 1:16pm

Trib+Edu brings you an interview with experts on issues related to public education. Here is this week's subject:

Mike Moses has been an educator for over thirty years. Currently, he is Distinguished Professor of Educational Administration at the University of North Texas and holder of a chair at that institution named in his honor. He also serves as the senior educational advisor for Raise Your Hand Texas and the Center for Reform of School Systems. He served as the general superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District from 2001 until 2004. From 1999 through 2001...

Some North Texas Iraqis believe surge must end before Baghdad

Wed, Jun 25, 2014 - 12:53pm

Nada Shabout hopes that the militant march on Baghdad will end soon.

She said she has to believe — watching from the other side of the world as Islamic militants take control of town after town in Iraq — that they will be stopped before capturing the capital city.

“I can’t imagine the world will let ISIS take over Baghdad because that’s another game,” said Shabout, a Keller woman and professor of art history at the University of North Texas who grew up in Iraq.

She is among the thousands of Iraqis who relocated to North Texas and are watching, along with the rest of the world, as the Islamic State in Iraq and...