Illinois elementary-school principal Cody Huisman says academic leadership is like running a marathon because it takes time, vision and preparation to succeed. In his new job, Huisman says he will be "visible and present" for teachers and students as he listens to them and builds relationships.
Job candidates should go beyond their resume to show prospective employers examples of their skills and find ways to tell stories that highlight their talents, writes Lindsay Tanne, co-founder and COO of LogicPrep. In this commentary, she also encourages candidates to send handwritten thank-you notes, but only after first thanking an interviewer by email within 24 hours.
One California school district is hoping to attract teachers by offering discounted child care benefits. Other districts in the state are offering perks such as bonuses and commuting assistance, while some officials say they're exploring the possibility of offering housing to teachers.
Peer-reviewed research on whether an edtech product is effective was important to 41% of district administrators and teachers, but only 11% said they would reject a product without peer-reviewed research, according to a new study. The factors identified as most important in edtech purchases included the cost and whether it was compatible with technology already in use at schools.
The Virginia State Board of Education is considering revamping the state's school rating system to put less emphasis on test scores and more weight on factors such as dropout rates and academic achievement gaps. Officials say the new measure will make it easier for parents to understand the quality of schools.
Experiences that connect classroom lessons to the real world can help to motivate students to learn, asserts high-school Spanish teacher Bryan Upshaw. In this article, he shares how teachers can use video-conferencing to bring real-world experiences into the classroom.
For millennials and baby boomers, engagement comes from establishing purpose and passion for their work, not just receiving more money, writes Alaina Love. "Fulfillment creates a positive feedback loop that encourages employees to go the extra mile for a customer, or think about projects outside of normal work hours," she writes.
Middle-grades teacher John DePasquale writes in this blog post that he uses surveys to learn about students' interest on the first day of class. With these results, he writes, he can then tie instruction or book recommendations to his students' interests and improve his relationships with them.
FreshBooks' manager of support operations, Grace Antonio, shares strategies she has used to help the organization engage and retain millennial workers. Training staff in customer service as well as promoting shared values and an overall team purpose are among her suggestions.
It may be time for a department chairperson to step down when their enthusiasm for the job wanes or they've already accomplished their goals for the position, write Dana Dunn, former head of psychology at Moravian College, and Jane Halonen, former dean of arts and sciences at the University of West Florida. In this commentary, they outline other reasons for stepping down and suggest negotiating a sabbatical afterward.
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