Ray McNulty

As a key strategic advisor for Penn Foster High School, Ray believes that the education system cannot wait for challenges to arrive at their doorstep; rather, the system needs to reach out and forge solutions. With over 40 years of experience as an educator, administrator, and education reform expert, Ray also serves as Chairman of the National Dropout Prevention Center Network and was previously Program Director and Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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3 Tips for Teaching Smartphone Etiquette to High Schoolers

Posted by Ray McNulty on 8/23/16 11:00 AM

Smartphones have become part of the high school experience. Seventy-three percent of American teenagers now own smartphones, and one in four take their phones to school every day, according to Cell Phone City.1 Many educators are even welcoming their presence; 16 percent of schools now allow smartphones in the classroom, and educators are finding an increasing range of classroom applications for smartphone technology, including research and as an e-reader alternative. As high schools increasingly incorporate smartphone usage into the classroom, the phone usage behavior they help instill in students will begin to spill over into the workplace, making it important to teach students phone etiquette that will serve them in a workplace environment. Here are some phone etiquette lessons that high school educators can teach students to better prepare them for success in the workplace.

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools

3 Ways Blended Learning Programs Can Benefit Instructors

Posted by Ray McNulty on 8/4/16 9:59 PM

Blended learning programs — those that combine online and in-class teaching methods — have grown increasingly popular in recent years. According to the Evergreen Education Group's 2015 annual Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning report, nearly all K-12 school districts around the country now use online learning to some degree.1 By 2019, half of all high school courses will be delivered over the Internet.2 Additionally, nearly one in four college students take at least one online learning course.3

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

5 Must-Have Elements for a Successful High School Reentry Program

Posted by Ray McNulty on 6/23/16 11:00 AM

Seven percent of American youth between the ages of 16 and 24 were not in school and had not earned a high school diploma or the equivalent as of 2013, according to the latest data available from the National Center for Education Statistics.1 To assist these young people, many school districts are offering high school reentry programs. Dr. Julia Wilkins, who specializes in helping youth with disabilities complete high school, studied the characteristics of a successful high school reentry program and summarized them in a report titled, “Reentry Programs for Out-of-School Youth With Disabilities.”2 Here are five elements your high school reentry program should have to maximize student success:

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

How to Keep High School Students Motivated & Engaged Until the End of the Year

Posted by Ray McNulty on 6/9/16 11:00 AM

Keeping students motivated as the end of the school year approaches is notoriously challenging. There’s even a quasi-official term for it when it happens during their senior year: "senioritis." Seniors may experience end-of-the-year apathy more intensely than other students, but all grade levels face the same issue and pose the same challenge to educators.

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

3 Teaching Strategies to Support Students With Varying Learning Styles

Posted by Ray McNulty on 3/1/16 10:00 AM

In life no two people are the same: they support different teams in sports, like different foods, and even identical twins have differences. So when it comes to learning, “one-size-fits-all” doesn’t work! According to Neil Fleming's Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic model,1 most people have a dominant learning style that falls into one of three categories:

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Topics: High School Completion, College Enrollment & Retention, Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

How Educators Can Empower Students to Enable Positive Outcomes

Posted by Ray McNulty on 2/16/16 11:00 AM

Historically, classroom material has been designed to be taught by a teacher, not to be self-taught by the student. However, since students are capable of learning and contributing so much more to their educational experience than just passively memorizing and regurgitating material, the role of the educator is changing. This article dives into three core pillars of student empowerment and how educators can leverage these pillars to work in tandem with students to enable greater outcomes.

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Topics: High School Completion, College Enrollment & Retention, Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

Learn the Advantages of a Blended Learning Model

Posted by Ray McNulty on 1/28/16 10:00 AM

In today’s technology-driven environment, academic institutions have numerous options for serving students who don’t fit the traditional mold. For years, traditional two- and four-year colleges have been offering full-time online courses in an effort to accommodate these nontraditional students, but career colleges have done so less frequently, as those programs require more hands-on learning. Now another method is quickly catching on across career college campuses — the blended learning model. This practice combines in-person education with Internet resources or online courses. If you’re considering implementing blended learning in the classroom, these are a few of the benefits for both your school and your students1.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

How High School Counselors Can Eliminate the Stigma of Career College

Posted by Ray McNulty on 1/19/16 11:00 AM

In a culture where the four-year college experience is considered traditional, some students worry that attending a career school will carry the stigma of being "less than." However, the reality is that education is changing to keep pace with technology and the economy, and educators and employers have come to recognize the benefits of alternatives in higher education.

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

3 Reasons Your High School Should Consider Offering a Dual Enrollment Program

Posted by Ray McNulty on 12/2/15 11:00 AM

High schools that take an active role in encouraging their students to pursue higher education should consider offering a dual enrollment program. Dual enrollment is a partnership between a high school and a local college that enables students to take college classes for credit while earning their high school diploma. In some cases, classes are taught at the high school by college-approved teachers, and in other arrangements, the high school students are taught by college faculty on the college campus. There are many benefits of such programs and many ways they encourage success in high school students.

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

3 Ways to Get High School Students Thinking About College Before Senior Year

Posted by Ray McNulty on 11/17/15 11:00 AM

While most students don't apply to colleges until senior year, educators should encourage them to explore their options throughout their high school years. By introducing the different types of post-secondary education to students earlier, students are able to make a more informed decision on what to do after graduation. Here are three things that high schools can do throughout a student's four years to help them decide on what to do after graduation:

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools


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