Experiences that connect classroom lessons to the real world can help to motivate students to learn, asserts high-school Spanish teacher Bryan Upshaw. In this article, he shares how teachers can use video-conferencing to bring real-world experiences into the classroom.
Middle-grades teacher John DePasquale writes in this blog post that he uses surveys to learn about students' interest on the first day of class. With these results, he writes, he can then tie instruction or book recommendations to his students' interests and improve his relationships with them.
FreshBooks' manager of support operations, Grace Antonio, shares strategies she has used to help the organization engage and retain millennial workers. Training staff in customer service as well as promoting shared values and an overall team purpose are among her suggestions.
It may be time for a department chairperson to step down when their enthusiasm for the job wanes or they've already accomplished their goals for the position, write Dana Dunn, former head of psychology at Moravian College, and Jane Halonen, former dean of arts and sciences at the University of West Florida. In this commentary, they outline other reasons for stepping down and suggest negotiating a sabbatical afterward.
Nearly half of employees surveyed by the Center for Talent Innovation said poor diversity and inclusion at their organizations led them to seek a new job, and 34% said they withheld ideas because of perceived bias. Researchers say a focus on diversity must continue after hiring with top staff modeling inclusive practices.
Artificial intelligence is expected to become a regular part of the human resources function, according to 55% of HR professionals surveyed recently by CareerBuilder. Some companies, such as ADP and IBM, already are using AI to communicate information to current and prospective employees, freeing up HR personnel for other strategic duties.
The best chief information officers are those who are willing to collaborate across departments and hire highly skilled staff, says Scott Kitlinski, CIO for cloud consultancy Astadia. CIOs, he notes, should seek partnerships with the business side of their organization to "understand what their needs are and find the best answer."
Michigan middle-school principal Barbara Wheeler says she's a "servant leader" who will seek to build relationships with students, staff and the community this school year. Middle-school students, Wheeler says, need adults to advocate for them and help them "find what their niche is."
A Georgia school district has discontinued a pilot program intended to draw good teachers to the county's poorest schools. Of the 32 teachers who applied, 17 were placed in schools, a number officials said was too small to continue the program.
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