Educational Leadership
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6/23/2017

It doesn't pay to focus too much on salary considerations when your benefits package often comprises about 30% of your overall compensation. Instead, take into account the medical insurance, paid time off and retirement benefits being offered, writes Susannah Snider.

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Susannah Snider
6/23/2017

New Jersey elementary-school principal Patricia Aufiero says she tries to lead by example by setting high standards and creating a collaborative culture where students and teachers can thrive. Aufiero, who is retiring after 25 years at the school, is described by staff as an inspiring and compassionate leader.

6/23/2017

Summer learning programs offer an opportunity to instill resiliency and growth-mindset principles into struggling learners, instructional coach Elizabeth Stein writes. She explains how her middle school combines social and emotional learning with active learning and choice to help students succeed.

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Elizabeth Stein
6/23/2017

North Carolina lawmakers are considering a new version of the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program that would provide up to $8,250 per year to each of 160 students who study to become educators in science, technology, engineering and math or special education. The measure also forgives a year of loans for every two years a teacher remains in the classroom, with those in "low performing" schools receiving loan forgiveness for one year on the job.

6/23/2017

The Alabama Board of Education this week voted to stop using the ACT Aspire test amid concerns about slow results and low student achievement. Schools next year are expected to use the Scranton assessment, which is used by 65% of schools in the state, officials said.

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Alabama Board of Education
6/22/2017

Students in more racially diverse schools report less bullying and greater well-being, and make more friends in other ethnic or racial groups, according to a survey of about 6,000 sixth-graders in 26 California middle schools. Some schools with less diversity try to prepare students for a more diverse workforce through character education.

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6/22/2017

To keep college and university operations running smoothly, administrators should do more to recognize staff and provide them with decent salaries, writes former Southern Illinois University dean Aldemaro Romero Jr. In this commentary, he points to a study that reveals that while staff members often are the "face" of an institution, their pay is low, especially among women and other minorities.

6/22/2017

Mental toughness means thinking of challenges as opportunities to overcome, writes LaRae Quy, who lists seven ways of thinking to get away from. Don't pretend pain or negativity can be avoided, or that emotions can't surface, and don't pretend you're nothing but a victim, she writes.

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LaRae Quy
6/22/2017

Two related studies suggest a middle-school writing intervention that had students reflect on their values led to more Hispanic and black students enrolling in college. Researchers followed 500 students and found that those who completed the values-based writing assignments were more likely to enroll in college-prep courses in middle school and go on to college.

6/22/2017

The fastest-growing age group in the nation is children born between 2001 through 2016, according to a report from the Census Bureau. The trend is expected to affect areas in education, including a need for more teacher diversity, because the majority of those students are nonwhite, said Robert Hull, executive vice president of the National Association of State Boards of Education.

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