A new set of professional standards released this week by the Council of Chief State School Officers outlines the knowledge and abilities of effective school leaders. The 10 standards, approved last month, "reflect a positive approach to leadership that is optimistic, emphasizes development and strengths, and focuses on human potential," the council stated.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he may seek more state funding for vocational education when he files an economic-development bill next year. Meanwhile, the governor said he'd look into using existing resources to close the state's skills gap.
A state-commissioned study found that Alaska teacher salaries were just right in only one district, while teachers in three districts were considered overpaid and the rest were considered underpaid. The panel stopped short of recommending a standardized pay scale, but advised state leaders to consider offering teachers incentives such as more professional development and better housing.
Teachers' word choices when communicating privately or on social media can either express the challenges educators face or contribute to myths about the profession, educator Jessica Cuthbertson writes in this blog post. Cuthbertson shares some common phrases teachers use and offers alternatives that frame responses in ways to seek collaboration or highlight professionalism.
Superintendents and principals must be dedicated to staying in their jobs for the long term to effect any real change in their schools, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers assert in this blog post. "Should there be a change in the leadership every few years, the work begins again, contributing to the already threatening exhaustion experienced by those in our school systems," they write.
School leaders should recruit teachers who best fit the culture and community they are trying to create, writes Dan Kerr, middle-school principal at Shanghai Community International School in Shanghai, China. "You'll know it when you find it I believe, and when you do, it's only then that teachers and schools and communities can truly begin to lead and transform and inspire!!" he writes in this blog post.
School librarians in Oregon are using the latest technology to keep students and teachers coming to them as a resource. Many district libraries are now stocking e-books that can be downloaded by students, and others are encouraging talking in the library by creating makerspaces where students can interact and work on projects together, school officials say.
Students often feel their past grades are their destiny, so it is important for educators to help students see their growth, educator Bill Ferriter writes. In this blog post, he describes how one student gained confidence as a learner after he showed her the gains from a pre-test to a unit test.
Fourth-graders at an Indiana school are developing critical-thinking skills and learning about civilized debates through Socratic seminars. Teachers pose open-ended questions about a reading assignment to the class, and students debate the issue by building arguments from the text they read or from other students' responses.
Information security is the main concern of higher-education IT professionals going into 2016, according to a study from EDUCAUSE. "There's just so much more data that we need to manage, but also because the threats keep increasing," said EDUCAUSE's Susan Grajek.
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