Instead of seeking "buy-in" from teachers and staff for changes or new ideas, leaders should seek commitment, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers advise in this blog post. "It is commitment that is required if one is to lead people on a systemic shifting journey," they write.
Professionals should create an informal "advisory board" of mentors they can go to for advice to improve their career, executive coach and author Rose Jonas advises. She outlines how to identify the best mentors and offers strategies to create give-and-take relationships with them.
Despite an increase in teacher pay, some Virginia school districts are still short on teachers as the new school year approaches. To improve recruitment, districts are implementing mentoring programs, professional development and teacher residency programs, officials say.
A Montana school district will expand an after-school science, technology, engineering and math program for middle-school girls with the help of students from Montana Tech. New grant funding will pay for teacher support and employ college students to mentor girls in STEM activities and help them with their homework.
Fifth-grade teacher Linda Pinz-Valdez has received a grant to build a hydroponics system in her classroom at a South Dakota school. She said she and her students will use the system to grow vegetables and plants and demonstrate what nutrients they need to thrive.
Just over half of college faculty are taking some sort of online professional-development course, according to a survey. The majority of faculty surveyed -- 80% -- said they are taking the courses for personal enrichment, but 32% said the courses are required by their job and 13% are trying to receive a raise.
A Georgia school district has created an acceleration program to help overage elementary students advance two grade levels. A group of 30 fifth-graders spent the past school year in weekend classes and a monthlong summer program, and now 10 of them can be promoted to the seventh grade.
Hiring someone who doesn't fit with company culture and philosophy can have negative effects throughout a company's operations, writes Magi Graziano, CEO of KeenAlignment. "While some may advocate for the complete demise of human resources departments, the proper solution is the obliteration of outdated, unconscious, and ineffective hiring techniques," Graziano writes.
Employees should be well-trained and confidential data protected to prevent them from making mistakes that might expose organizational data to hackers, cybersecurity experts say. Employers should also institute policies for personal mobile devices and use automated tools to monitor for threatening or unusual behavior, they advise.
The Every Student Succeeds Act does not require value-added assessments for teachers, but they remain a valuable tool for school leaders, administrator Ben Johnson asserts in this blog post. However, teachers also should be evaluated using formative assessments and data on how well they collaborate with colleagues, he writes.
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