One way to deal with an indecisive boss is to build trust so that you can be relied upon to help make recommendations that influence decisions. Experts also recommend taking on more of a lead role and seeking advice from colleagues who may have influence over your boss.
The Nogales Unified School District and other Arizona districts are turning to emergency certified teachers to stem an ongoing educator shortage. District leaders say they hope to support such teachers, who have a college degree but lack other certifications, to become full-time certified educators.
A measure that gives state officials more power to intervene in failing schools has passed the Georgia Senate. Under the bill, the state will partner with an underperforming school, but if there's no improvement in three years, the state can appoint new leadership.
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.
Educators at a Massachusetts middle school plan to end academic tracking in core subjects except for math in order to create higher expectations for all students. The school's seventh-graders will no longer be divided after this fall, and tracking will end for eighth-graders the following year.
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.