Virginia elementary-school principal Stacy Kirkpatrick says, in her new job, she will practice collaborative leadership, so everyone will have "a voice at the table." She also says she has a strong interest in instructional technology and will implement blended learning, combining technology alongside traditional learning methods.
Searching for a job during the summer has both pros and cons, including less competition, but a slower hiring process as managers at organizations take vacations, writes career expert Caroline Ceniza-Levine. To speed things up, candidates should seek new networking contacts and give prospective employers deadlines or let them know when you have other offers, Ceniza-Levine suggests in this commentary.
Administrators in one Kansas school district are recruiting teachers from a local college to fill slots in subjects such as math, English and special education. The district also is seeking to recruit new bus drivers.
Some K-12 teachers and college professors in Louisiana are learning how to use applications such as Zoom and Swivl Cloud to produce videos and improve professional development. Nicole Bono, director of educator preparation for the Louisiana Department of Education, said the technology covered in the training can help provide quality feedback to teachers.
The Utah State Board of Education will count students that opt out of tests as having taken but failed the tests to meet a federal mandate of 95% participation, after failing to secure a federal waiver from the requirement. Schools where many students opt out of tests now may see a drop in their overall performance rating.
The web and phone-based tool, Quizlet, has helped middle-school teacher Michael Snead boost test scores, tailor learning for students with special needs and keep students engaged. In this commentary, Snead shares five ways to use the tool -- both in and out of the classroom.
First-year principals often are enthusiastic about their jobs, says Tanya Dockery, principal of Timber Ridge Elementary School in Killeen, Texas, but there are many unforeseen challenges that can occur. Speaking at the recent National Principals Conference in Chicago, Dockery and other administrators discussed some common issues, including scheduling, maintenance and managing teachers.
Schools that see high outcomes from technology use are those that invest in tools that encourage student agency and foster a collaborative environment, according to a report from Smart Technologies. These same schools also prioritize spending for professional-development technologies, the report found.
A list of courses that must be offered to high-school students has been approved by the Arkansas Board of Education and includes such courses as algebra, chemistry and foreign languages. Courses that the board left as optional include statistics, calculus, band and theater.
A Massachusetts school district is offering a three-week camp paid for by a $90,000 grant from the National Security Agency to teach students in third through fifth grades the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture. The camp complements the district's world languages program, which begins teaching Portuguese to students in fifth grade.