Allowing teachers a collaborative role in pre-observation meetings can help them better implement advice and strategies to improve their teaching practice, writes instructional coach Josh Parker. In this blog post, Parker shares video examples, outlines three principles for pre-observation meetings and offers tips for conversations afterward.
Employee engagement is a job for managers, who must be willing to be hands-on, to listen and to have a long-term approach, according to material presented at a recent Gallup event. "Successful employee engagement strategy is primarily driven by open communication and a willingness to meet employees where they are," Teresa Donnellan writes.
South Carolina schools, especially those in rural areas, are employing foreign-exchange teachers to address staffing gaps. Officials say the temporary nature of the teachers' visas means their placements can only be short-term solutions to the state's growing teacher shortage.
Federal lawmakers from Indiana are asking the US Education Department to delay rules under the Every Student Succeeds Act that could adversely affect the state's high-school graduation rates. Under the ESSA plan, the state's general diploma, earned by 8,600 students last year, no longer would count toward the overall graduation rate.
Communicating with students' families is important to maintaining a good class culture, educator Gretchen Vierstra writes in this blog post. She shares four strategies -- such as organizing a shared reading experience or family engineering night -- with links to resources, additional tips and videos for implementation.
Christine Ackerman, superintendent of the Chappaqua Central School District in New York, says transparency will be important as she starts her new job. In this Q&A, Ackerman says her door is always open to parents in the district and she'll be using her time to focus on strategic planning and implementing more project-based learning.
A program at Georgetown University teaches school principals from the area the finer points of business practices such as delivering bad news, change management and crisis communications. One elementary school principal says the program will give principals the skills and support they need to stay in their jobs longer.
Officials with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have told the state board of education that K-12 schools will need nearly $100 million more in funding next year. The agency's proposal includes $8.4 million in spending for increased K-12 special-education costs, among other priorities.
A California middle school used an $80,000 donation to set up a maker lab and offer a mixed-grade maker elective led by a teacher certified in makerspaces. The students' first project in the lab was making clothing for the end of the world with crafts supplies and recycled materials.
Games can be powerful learning tools, but teachers need to plan and consider their purpose for the games to become successful learning strategies, educator Marcia Powell writes. She offers advice for designing games and includes ideas for handling pitfalls.
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