Take advantage of your emotions when making a decision, says John Baldoni in this video and blog post. Try writing down the possible decisions on small pieces of paper, selecting one from a bowl and measuring your reaction, knowing that you can always go another direction.
School leaders should encourage and allow teachers to take risks and work together to improve learning, author and former principal Peter DeWitt writes in this blog post. Leaders also should implement changes systematically, ensure that teachers are involved and the program fits the school culture, he suggests.
School districts in Florida, Illinois and Utah have increased IT security, especially during testing times, to prevent distributed-denial-of-service attacks that can disrupt networks. Officials say firewalls and tools that monitor the network and drop "bad traffic" have been effective in preventing DDoS attacks.
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.
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