Female leaders may benefit organizations by bringing compassion and empathy to difficult decisions, according to Stefanie Phillips, superintendent of California's Santa Ana Unified School District. With a background in corporate finance, Phillips took on her current role in 2016, joining the fewer than 25% of superintendents across the country who are women.
Maximize the benefits of your networking efforts by joining groups that are relevant to you and congratulating your connections on career milestones via LinkedIn, writes career coach Hallie Crawford. Connecting with strategic new peers outside of your company will help you build relationships that matter.
A group of professional black women in Wisconsin has created an annual half-day conference for African-American middle-school girls to improve their academic and social skills. The conference covers topics such as cyberbullying, dealing with conflict and pursing life goals.
To increase the number of teachers in science, technology, engineering and math, schools must revise policies and provide more training and professional development for educators, research suggests. Researchers also found that STEM-specific training as part of teacher certification may help to produce a high-quality STEM teaching workforce.
Research supports the importance of autonomy in learning, writes Cathy Vatterott, author and professor of education at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Personalizing homework and allowing students to create assignments that excite them can help them take ownership of their education, she explains.
About 43% of California middle schools reported high suspension rates for African-American students in 2014-15, according to a study that looked at race and discipline in K-12 schools. Researchers have identified a "trust gap" that develops in middle school, where African-American students feel they are treated unfairly by authority figures.
Despite recent action by Congress to remove Obama-era regulations, states are in the final stages of developing school accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, says Anne Hyslop, a former US Education Department official who helped write the law. In their plans, many states are considering judging schools and districts by a number of new metrics, including chronic absenteeism, Hyslop notes.
US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos this week told members of the National Association of State Boards of Education that it's time for Washington "to get out of the way" of state education leaders. In her speech, DeVos emphasized school choice and said she expected that revised Every Student Succeeds Act applications would allow states to take varied approaches to education.
Onboarding programs for new employees must provide an in-depth introduction not just to policies and procedures, but to the organization's culture and strategic priorities, says Bill Gilbert with recruitment firm Korn Ferry. A survey by the firm found that 23% of organizations had one-day onboarding processes.
There is a disconnect between what managers believe motivates employees and what actually motivates them, writes Susan Fowler. Managers will often ascribe their motivations and beliefs to others, she notes, and oftentimes organizational constructs prevent managers from directly affecting pay, title or bonuses.
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