College and universities hiring a chief human resource officer should seek candidates who understand the latest HR technology and how to use the institution's mission for recruiting, says John Thornburgh of executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. CHROs also should communicate well with senior staff and handle unexpected events with ease, Thornburgh adds.
Fourth-grade students are working with the Sierra Club to build a pollinator space to attract monarch butterflies and bees to their Indiana school's outdoor learning area. Students recently cleared weeds and brush in the area where students cultivated 18 native Indiana plants in the spring.
New Jersey high-school principal Akbar Cook had washing machines installed at his school two years ago so students wouldn't be bullied about their dirty clothes. Cook, who appeared recently on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show," received a $50,000 check from Cheerios for the program as well as other initiatives he has started at his school.
We can improve our ability to connect with people by thinking of ourselves as actors preparing for a role: We first see ourselves engaged in these behaviors, then we practice them until they become second-nature, writes John Baldoni. "Considering thoughts are behaviors in the making might help overcome resistance to making a change," he writes.
A class of Tennessee fifth-grade students are creating "Art Acts of Kindness" by writing inspirational quotes or drawing art on ceramic tiles. Teacher Lisa Redditt places the tiles in various locations around the community along with instructions for how those who find them can use social media to send messages to students and pass the tile to others.
An Oklahoma task force is focusing on initiatives to retain teachers and principals as school districts face a shortage of both. The state's board of education has, so far, received 2,153 requests for emergency certification for teachers, state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said.
Generating a buzz with activities or events to introduce a new unit can ignite students' curiosity and passion for learning, middle-grades teacher and author Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes in this blog post. She shares ideas for topic introductions throughout the school year, such as showing a movie clip or having a guest speaker.
Minnesota high-school principal Dan Pickens says he believes in building "perseverance and grit" in students to prepare them for challenges after graduation. Pickens, a former math teacher, says he will be open and authentic with students and encourage them to take risks and advocate for themselves.
Teachers are motivated by four key considerations when they look to make changes to instruction, according to a report from the Christensen Institute. The study found that teacher's top motivation was the promise of making things more manageable.
One Illinois school district hires teachers year-round, sometimes hiring educators up to a year in advance, to stem a growing teacher shortage. The district also has begun a course in special education to encourage current students to pursue a teaching career.
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