Educational Leadership
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2/19/2019

Students at a Montana middle school are learning about climate science by measuring snowfall to predict summertime stream flows. With the help of the nonprofit Clark Fork Coalition, students dug holes in snow on a mountainside; measured temperature, layers and depth; and analyzed their data to predict snow melt.

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2/18/2019

Susan Bell serves as both principal and superintendent of a small Washington school district, but she says she loves the hands-on aspect of the job that requires her to know the details of both roles. Bell is one of many educators who have dual roles in rural areas of the state, where funding goes to districts based on enrollment.

2/18/2019

North Dakota education leaders are taking steps to become the first state to implement cybersecurity standards for its K-12 schools, said State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler. The standards, which are not mandatory, would go into effect this fall if approved by Baesler.

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2/18/2019

People like to do business with someone who expresses humility about their success, optimism about the future and a sincere interest in others, writes Brad Gibson of event marketing firm Active Production and Design. It's OK to get somewhat personal, because conversations are more memorable if a shared interest outside of work is established.

2/18/2019

Both traditional and nontraditional teacher-preparation programs in Tennessee have shown progress in graduating, placing and retaining new teachers, according to a report from the state board of education. Nontraditional programs such as Teach for America outpaced state university teaching programs, according to the data.

2/18/2019

Sixth-grade students at one Texas school are traveling the world without leaving the classroom by using virtual reality. Teacher Lori Kotzur says she uses the VR goggles in social studies lessons to expose students to other cultures.

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2/15/2019

Teachers should help themselves so they are better equipped to support their students, asserts Naphtali Hoff, president of Impactful Coaching & Consulting. In this blog post, Hoff shares six ways teachers can stay healthy, energized and properly supported, including by disconnecting and developing a growth mindset.

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2/15/2019

Fifth-graders at an Illinois school built support devices for kindergartners to use during an upcoming roller-skating unit in physical-education class as part of their school's focus on math, engineering and leadership. Three school operations and maintenance workers assisted students with reading blueprints and learning how to sand and attach PVC pipes to build the structures.

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2/15/2019

New Kansas school district Superintendent Corey Burton says he will be proactive in recruiting top faculty and staff to maintain a high level of student achievement. In this Q&A, Burton notes that he'll visit with current faculty and staff to learn how he can help them succeed.

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Hays Post (Kan.)
2/15/2019

Students at a North Carolina middle school, which was once their town's segregated school for African-Americans, met with alumni of the former school as part of lessons for Black History Month. Students also studied photocopies of the segregated school's yearbooks and other documents, and watched a recorded interview of a local educator who talked about his family's history.