Executive search committees at colleges and universities can identify leaders with fundraising skills by seeking candidates who can build relationships and recruit donors, writes Suzanne Teer, an executive search consultant with Witt/Kieffer. Good fundraisers also have a clear vision for the institution and are open to learning skills, she notes.
Rather than trying to force your influence, focus on doing good work while supporting and being appreciative of other people, writes John Stoker. "By drawing attention to others, it will build loyalty among your associates and ardent supporters for your expertise and leadership," he writes.
New academic administrators should listen to stakeholders and learn about their department before laying out a new vision, writes Texas Tech University dean David Perlmutter. These leaders also should make small, uncontroversial changes up front before tackling larger, more potentially troublesome ones, he advises in this commentary.
Organizations are employing artificial-intelligence technology to simplify some HR functions such as vacation requests and team training resources, some HR experts say. Researchers say AI technology also can be key to streamlining recruiting, improving diversity and providing data on workers who may be planning to quit.
Music can help students remember math concepts, according to research. Middle-school math teacher Jami Jorgensen puts research into practice in her classroom, where she says music has helped boost students' test scores, engagement and classroom climate.
Professionals often sabotage their own careers by staying in their comfort zone and working on making someone else's dream come true, career expert Skip Prichard says. To break out of the rut, Prichard advises professionals to reject false limitations and learn skills to advance their careers.
Michigan elementary-school principal Anders Hill says his top priority is building relationships with students and faculty to give them the support they need. Hill, who has been named Young Person of the Year for a Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Award, credits teachers, students and parents for his school's success.
Two Missouri school districts are starting teacher-residency programs in the hope of stemming a shortage of educators. The residency program in St. Louis is focusing on recruiting more teachers of color and applicants who want to work in urban, high-poverty schools.
A Maryland middle school's students are using high-tech tools such as Flipgrid and low-tech paperboard posters to create their videos about weather and natural disasters. The lessons, which meet Next Generation Science Standards, have real-world applications to students' lives, teacher Stacey Morrissey said.