Topeka, Kan., School Superintendent Tiffany Anderson says communities can't be transformed without transforming their schools, and she is working to ensure schools serve as hubs for the community. Anderson, who is the first black superintendent in the district, teaches a class, maintains contact with students, and has installed washers and dryers in many schools to help children and their families.
The San Francisco Unified School District has several programs to recruit new teachers as it faces a shortage of educators, Superintendent Vincent Matthews writes. In this commentary, he outlines the programs, including those that provide paraprofessionals a path to the classroom.
Utah lawmakers hope that voters in November will approve a measure to increase the state's gas tax by 10 cents to provide more money for education. Gov. Gary Herbert says he wants to use some of the $585 million expected to be raised overall to increase teacher pay to attract and retain educators.
Students sometimes need guidance on how to use the scaffolding and rubrics that teachers create to outline their expectations for assignments, eighth-grade science teacher William Juang writes in this blog post. He shares how his rubric failed to provide quality work and how he worked with his students to develop a deeper understanding of it.
Colleges and universities such as Washington State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have training programs for faculty and staff to enable them to help co-workers dealing with stress or mental illness. The initiatives are meant to complement existing employee assistance programs and provide early intervention.
Correcting a team member in front of others, neglecting to offer career development and forever finding fault with staff are some of the ways leadership shuts down motivation, writes Joel Garfinkle. Give your team the chance to make important decisions and develop individual work styles, he writes.
Teachers Biz Logan and David Malay created a food pantry at their New Hampshire middle school after a health unit on nutrition showed them the need for one. About two dozen students receive backpacks of food for the weekend, and staff work to make sure the privacy of the students using the pantry is protected.
Adjunct instructors and faculty who teach online courses are among the academic professionals who may not qualify for overtime pay, according to a fact sheet released this week by the US Labor Department. Andy Brantley, president and CEO of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, called the clarification "great news," but adjunct advocates say faculty remain underpaid and overworked.
Researchers at the University of Oregon, in partnership with a consulting firm, will begin a pilot program this spring that uses virtual reality to help teachers recognize implicit bias in how they discipline students. The program will teach educators skills such as breathing techniques to reduce disproportionate disciplinary actions against minority students.
Virginia elementary-school principal Paul Pack says a principal's job is to serve teachers so they can better serve students. Pack, who has been named The Washington Post's Principal of the Year, has made it a priority to boost science, technology, engineering and math opportunities at the school.
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