Retiring Texas school district superintendent Robert Jaklich's model of intentional leadership has helped his colleagues "strive to become our best selves," said school board Vice President Tami Keeling. Jaklich, who is credited with moving 14 schools to the state's highest standards, this year was named a regional Superintendent of the Year and was a finalist for the statewide honor.
One Tennessee school district is stepping up recruitment in an effort to hire up to 300 new teachers for the next school year. The district is using a variety of strategies, including partnering with universities and hiring a talent officer to focus on broadening the teacher pipeline.
Ohio education officials have awarded medals to 108 schools that have implemented a state policy designed to reduce the number of student suspensions. School officials say they used several Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports strategies to cut down on suspensions.
Principal Gene Russell became a sixth-grader for one day at his Nebraska middle school to gain an insight into what students experience. From the experience, Russell said he discovered that students may need more time for snacks and exercise, but noted they had many caring adults working with them throughout the day.
South Carolina elementary-school principal Tim Carnahan credited teachers, staff and the community for their contributions to the school environment. Carnahan, who was named as the state's Elementary Principal of the Year, has led the school since it opened in 2008.
Live by your core values and act on behalf of others when times get tough, writes Art Barter, CEO of Datron World Communications. "It's not just about me surviving the challenge -- everyone is trying to survive and overcome the challenge set before them," he writes.
Eighth-graders in a social studies class at an Illinois middle school took the lead in creating a virtual memorial honoring local veterans. Since its launch in 2014, more than 200 students have worked on the database, which features images and details about the vets.
Some co-workers may not be receptive to typical time-management strategies, Karen Miller writes. These situations might require a conversation in which you express concern about the person's missed deadlines and ask whether there's a problem with your co-worker's professional or personal life.
Theater students at Central Washington University created and performed skits from 25 monologues written by middle-schoolers. The skits were chosen from short, personal monologues assigned to about 200 seventh- and eighth-graders in English class.
Fifth-graders at an Oregon school worked with mentors at HP Inc. on designing a "Star Wars"-themed video game as part of the international Hour of Code. The school incorporates Chromebooks into lessons, but the coding event was the first time students used it for programming.
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