The best school superintendents are those who see students as "consumers" of quality education and not "a product of an assembly line," writes Massachusetts high-school student Matt Lucitt. During a recent focus group of 30 students, Lucitt also suggested that student mental health be a priority as their district searches for a new leader.
The superintendent of one California school district is pushing a proposal to recruit and retain teachers by offering them discounted leases at an apartment complex near the schools where they would work. If approved by the school board next month, construction on the apartments could begin in 2021.
One Wisconsin school district is installing scanners on school buses and issuing student identification cards so they can track students as they ride to and from school. The technology will allow parents to use an app to see where the buses are, and they can sign up to receive notifications about when their children enter or leave the bus, district officials say.
Montana fourth-grade teacher Rachel Christensen is teaching the game cribbage to her students to bolster their math skills. The game helps students practice their math facts and reasoning as well as provide a tool for learning interpersonal and social skills.
Students at a Minnesota school spent several months studying the energy usage and costs of their school and presented their findings at a monthly science event. Their school will switch to all LED lighting for a savings of $4,000 a year based on their work.
The Florida State Board of Education has voted to reduce the fee that teachers pay to retake certification exams. Board Chairwoman Marva Johnson said the move would help to ease the burden on teachers while maintaining the rigor of the exams.
Many senior leaders are dissatisfied with talent-development efforts because of a gap in motivations between organizations and individuals; a gap between the skills required by firms and the skills taught by programs; and that what is learned is rarely applied, write Mihnea Moldoveanu and Das Narayandas. However, there are opportunities for improvement within the so-called personal learning cloud, made up of a growing assortment of online courses, learning tools, and social and interactive platforms, they write.
The University of Southern California has appointed Carol Folt, former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as its first female president. USC Race and Equity Center's Shaun Harper said, "I look forward to working with President Folt on efforts to advance USC in a multitude of ways, most especially on substantive matters pertaining to equity, diversity, and inclusion."
Being proactive in the diversity and inclusion realm can lead to new opportunities as experts in the field are being sought -- and not only in human resources, writes consultant Simone Morris. To tap into this growing niche, expand your networking circle, volunteer for initiatives at your company, and seek out training and reading materials on the subject, she writes.
Nearly 100% of principals surveyed said they are performing well in the categories of vision, high standards and communicating goals, according to a survey by RAND Education and Labor. Teachers were slightly less positive on gauging principals' performances, a gap that researchers say may warrant additional study.
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