Education Dive Language, quizzes and effective leadership: The week's most-read education news 2017-10-20T14:33:14.000000000-04:00 Stay ahead of the class with the latest on how school leaders can practice effective leadership and more here! Makerspaces expanding STEM opportunities in rural schools 2017-10-20T10:00:00.000000000-04:00 In many cases, these efforts have also served to benefit the surrounding community, such as with Montana high school students creating air sensors. Independent charter schools seek to separate themselves from large networks 2017-10-20T10:00:00.000000000-04:00 Their new organization does not yet have a name, but it has already adopted a manifesto. Anxiety could explain why some students are chronically absent 2017-10-20T10:00:00.000000000-04:00 The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates that school refusal caused by anxiety affects 2-5% of school-age children. Emphasis on Research critical to institutional ROI 2017-10-20T09:40:00.000000000-04:00 If small to mid-sized institutions want to remain relevant in an ever-changing climate, they must increase their emphasis on research. Connecticut to possibly consolidate community colleges 2017-10-20T09:30:48.000000000-04:00 The president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities is presenting the plan to the Board of Regents of Higher Education this week. Office Hours: KSU president M. Christopher Brown II on HBCUs, proving institutional value 2017-10-20T08:00:00.000000000-04:00 Kentucky State University president M. Christopher Brown II is being inaugurated today — in today's Office Hours, he's treating us with insight on the state of HBCUs and how to be an effective leader. Children of ELL parents have less chance of enrolling in preschool 2017-10-20T02:05:09.000000000-04:00 Early childhood education is less utilized by the students who need it most. Software solutions can streamline school operations, saving time and money 2017-10-20T01:52:18.000000000-04:00 In the future, ERP software may become even more valuable as a predictive tool indicating future maintenance issues, targeting students likely to fall behind, and estimating school population numbers Are the state higher ed officials moving toward mergers? 2017-10-19T16:08:11.000000000-04:00 Across the nation, policymakers are discussing how to address public college systems amid dwindling state budgets.