Indiana school districts are responding to ongoing teacher shortages by employing long-term substitutes, boosting salaries and offering hiring bonuses. Most schools in the state are having trouble finding math, special education and science teachers, even at the elementary level, officials said.
A Colorado middle school's reform efforts are being credited for significant academic growth among seventh- and eighth-graders on state assessments. Initiatives include joint planning time for teachers to create writing lessons across all academic subjects, and morning student meetings aimed at improving school climate.
Educators in a Nebraska school district have overhauled an annual two-day outdoor education experience for 900 sixth-graders by adding more inquiry-based lessons and technology. Students will use iPads to record and research their projects, weaving more math and reading into the experience.
Overall, 81% of faculty at US colleges and universities say technology has had either an "extremely positive" or "mostly positive" impact on education, according to a new survey. The data also show that 88% say technology has improved the quality of their instruction.
Teaching students how to annotate nonfiction articles can develop their close-reading skills and improve comprehension, sixth-grade teacher Mary Blow writes in this blog post. She provides resources and shares a lesson where she models annotation skills and gives students time for independent practice.
Honesty and transparency can help coaches overcome teacher reluctance to participate in what likely is a new professional learning initiative, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post. She gives some examples of teachers' common concerns and shares how she responds to them.
Principals must build a strong foundation for collaboration and be actively involved if any lasting changes are to be made in school culture and programs, author Barbara Blackburn and Eastern Michigan University professor Ron Williamson suggest. They provide advice on how principals can successfully implement and sustain changes.
Some experts say districts need to make deliberate efforts to integrate schools rather than rely on stand-alone magnet programs to boost diversity among students. Efforts among urban and suburban districts in Nebraska and Kentucky include sharing resources and students to boost diversity.
When you're used to overworking, you may have to purposefully set aside time for relaxation and stick to those plans, writes Maya Hu-Chan. Try to develop a big-picture mindset that encourages proper work-life balance so you can redefine what success means to you.
When implementing changes, school leaders must have a clear goal in mind and exhibit a blend of leadership styles, including being both collaborative and authoritative, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers suggest in this blog post. Good leaders also must communicate their vision clearly to bring teachers and staff on board, they write.
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