What teachers say to students can have an effect on their emerging identities for the rest of their lives, educator Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. She shares both positive and negative experiences teachers have had on her life and suggests educators carefully consider what they say to students.
New Kansas school district Superintendent Michael Fulton and board of education President Brad Stratton say collaboration between administration, faculty, staff and the public is key to fostering student success. Fulton and Stratton also acknowledged growing diversity in the district and pledged to ensure each student receives equal educational opportunities.
Students at a New York middle school participated in disability simulation exercises and learned about nonprofits helping individuals with special needs after reading the book "Wonder." The message of disability awareness is aimed at helping students appreciate differences and share a common goal of learning, teacher Jim O'Hara said.
As many districts around the US experience a teacher shortage, now is the time for teachers to step up and assume new leadership roles, writes Milwaukee educator Maripat Wilkinson. In this commentary, Wilkinson outlines five steps teachers can take to improve both the profession and their own careers.
Ohio lawmakers are proposing an overhaul that would combine several educational agencies, including the parts of the state education department, into one entity known as the Ohio Department of Learning and Achievement. Under the measure, the state board of education's role would be reduced to overseeing areas such as charter schools and teacher licensing and discipline.
Human resources professionals can improve onboarding, recruitment and other functions by likening their organization to a rock band that succeeds through combining the different talents of each member, writes Deepak Bharadwaj, vice president of the HR Business Unit. In this commentary, Bharadwaj offers four steps for HR to bridge the divide between departments.
To properly secure networks, higher-education IT professionals should track down "zombie" machines still in operation, plus check the security of devices such as printers and other unsecured devices, says Curt Carver, vice president and chief information officer at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. IT leaders must proactively address vulnerabilities and work to educate those on campus about security, experts suggest.
Colleges and universities must be clear about the role deans and provosts play in managing both the budget and curriculum to rein in costs and improve student outcomes, writes Michael Bugeja, former director of Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. In this commentary, he outlines changes in these roles and suggests strategies to improve them.
With state legislatures across the country in session, state lawmakers are engaged in active negotiations about how much money they will allocate for K-12 schools and how those funds will be distributed. This analysis considers the many factors that states are considering, including budget pressures and compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Anne Garrett began her career in North Carolina's Haywood County school district nearly 40 years ago as a math and English teacher and this year is retiring as superintendent. Garrett has received state and local recognition for her work, and the district has moved into the top 10% in the state for the past two years under her leadership.
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