Educational Leadership
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5/23/2018

Kerry Bannister is retiring from her "dream job" as principal of a South Carolina elementary school after 18 years and says she's seen a lot of changes in her 47 years as an educator, mainly around technology and security. Bannister says she's proud of her faculty and staff and says she hopes "that the public would learn to trust the teacher."

5/23/2018

One South Dakota school district is implementing two new programs designed to stem a growing teacher shortage. One program offers high-school and college credit for high-school students interested in becoming teachers and another provides paid classroom internships for college students.

5/22/2018

Students should be allowed to help direct their curriculum, asserts middle-school teacher Hilary Hamilton. In this blog post, she shares how students at her school are doing that by building community and exploring their interests.

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5/22/2018

The best faculty-evaluation tools use student data in context, offer professional support and make it clear how data will be used, some experts suggest. Schools such as the University of California at Merced also offer mentoring programs to help faculty access professional development, says Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Tom Peterson.

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University of California
5/22/2018

Fourth-graders at an Oregon school loaded toy wagons with supplies and trudged through 3 miles of mud, thickets and creeks in an annual re-enactment of the Oregon Trail. The simulation is meant to give students a taste of early pioneer life, teacher Candy Trower said.

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5/22/2018

There can be a difficult period of adjustment for academic leaders when they step down from their positions to return to the faculty, writes Arizona State University professor and former dean George Justice. In this commentary, Justice reviews the changes he encountered in relationships with former administrative colleagues and faculty.

5/22/2018

Illinois State University leaders are making progress in implementing recommendations from a diversity task force, including installing gender-neutral bathrooms and helping faculty create inclusive classrooms. Diversifying faculty and leadership remains a hurdle, but a hiring initiative is being implemented, says Jan Murphy, provost and vice president of academic affairs.

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Illinois State University
5/21/2018

Trust your instincts and take note of how you feel about a job before you go ahead and accept an offer, executive career coach Mikaela Kiner says. Career coach Dana Manciagli recommends reviewing the job description and asking yourself if you want to spend your workdays on those tasks.

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5/21/2018

Memphis elementary-school principal Yolanda Dandridge says her "biggest, driving question" is asking what the teachers at her school need most. Dandridge, recognized by her district for turning around a struggling school, says in this Q&A that the key to success for principals is "to love your people" and offer them the development they need.

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5/21/2018

A Nevada school district has "gamified" its summer reading program through an online application where students record what they read and earn points to be "superheroes." The district kicked off the annual program with an event where students could do crafts and receive free books and other gifts.