Educators at a Massachusetts middle school have created a program to help struggling students improve their grades, behavior and attendance, and prevent them from dropping out later in high school. Teachers, who volunteer their time, tutor students before and after school, and offer supports and incentives for students' success.
A university's IT strategic plan should focus on the process; include input from students, teachers and other groups; and be brief, experts assert in this article. In some cases, officials said, they were able to trim dozens of pages to fewer than five and still draft a plan that ensures the IT strategy is in line with the university's mission.
All fifth-graders in a Kentucky school district participate in a "gateway" project where they reflect on their personal growth in elementary school. Students take strength surveys, discuss their growth with teachers and participate in other activities to prepare for a culminating presentation about their self-assessment.
New federal overtime regulations are expected to result in pay raises for postdoctoral fellows at colleges and universities, but more pay still is needed, according to the Boston Postgraduate Association, which is calling for a $63,000 minimum salary for members. "We're not being rewarded for this additional training and experience," Tobias Otto, association co-founder, said.
The gender pay gap will not be solved by illuminating bias in the workplace unless people understand where the breakdown is occurring, writes Andrew Chamberlain of Glassdoor. "In every country studied, women tend to hold more responsibility with both child and elderly care activities, which require a more flexible work schedule or can impede further education. ... To help close the gender pay gap, business leaders need to be more supportive of work-life balance," he writes.
New, midcareer and veteran teachers all have different needs in order to further their career and enhance their skills, educational designer Maria Derivan-George explains. In this blog post, she lays out the needs of teachers at each stage and how school leaders can best meet them.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives has approved a measure that would reduce overall testing for students, including eliminating current end-of-instruction tests for high-school seniors and replacing them with a single assessment and the ACT or SAT during sophomore year. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said the move will serve to end "a culture of overtesting."
Middle-grades educator Lauren Levites in this blog post describes how she teaches students about electricity through hands-on units with the help of Illinois State University's Smart Grids for Schools program. Among the features of the program, students have controlled, simulated electrical grids to determine how companies and homeowners use power and react to outages.
Students in an Indiana school district recently participated in Lemonade Day, an annual event offered in partnership with Junior Achievement. Participating students prepared and served lemonade while also practicing business skills.
New hires are the greatest risk an organization has in terms of turnover. Focus on learning and development, not just compensation, said Elissa Tucker, research program manager at APQC. "If you can't engage them in the first year, it's going to be really hard to go back and correct that."
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