School leaders and teachers must have a passion for their job to do it well, says Felicia Owen, principal of Lavaca High School in Arkansas. Owen is the principal of the school from which she graduated and says passionate, motivated teachers produce similar qualities in students.
Wearable technology in the classroom, such as fitness trackers, smart watches and virtual reality headgear, is expected show an annual compounded growth rate of 46% in the next four years, a recent report predicts. However, even as the market grows, the report's authors note that concerns about data security remain.
One Georgia school board has approved a program to give incentives to parents to get them more involved in school activities. Each school will be able to create its own details for the program that awards "credits" to parents who attend such events as parent-teacher conferences, curriculum nights and open houses.
A new initiative launched by AASA, the School Superintendents Association, aims to increase the number of women becoming superintendents. Officials say the program will offer mentoring, networking and other support to remove barriers faced by women who aspire to become superintendents.
Having students publish zines, or mini-magazines, gives them a creative project to develop visual and written communication skills, middle-grades writing teacher John DePasquale writes in this blog post. He shares several ideas and templates for zine projects.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is urging state education leaders to develop their own plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act. During a recent appearance in his home state, Alexander said ESSA "recognizes that the path to better teaching, higher standards, higher achievement, lies through classroom teachers, the local school board, and the state of Tennessee."
The majority of math and English teachers in the 42 states that use Common Core State Standards, or standards adapted from them, are developing their own standards-aligned materials, according to surveys by the RAND Corporation. The surveys showed teachers also are sourcing materials from their school districts.
Companies that champion cultural fit are often choosing against the full spectrum of diversity, writes Celia de Anca. Diversity includes ethnic, racial and gender but also a diversity of experience and ideas, de Anca writes.
Principal Susan Kessler has earned the reputation of a no-nonsense leader after adoption of a blended-learning hybrid model and other changes turned around student performance at her Nashville, Tenn., school. "We must be the voice for students, teachers and for education to our peers, our superiors, our school board members and our community," she said in this Q&A.
Ninety percent of teachers say technology is key to classroom success, but 60% say they are not properly trained to integrate technology into their instruction, according to a survey by GfK. School districts can help close this gap by providing teachers with lesson plans that integrate technology or offering professional-development options, writes CDW•G's Mike Patterson.
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