Colorado elementary-school principal Tobey Bassoff says her goal is to connect with staff and students and create more opportunities for families to engage with the school. Bassoff was selected as the 2017 National Distinguished Principal of the Year for Colorado.
Some South Carolina school districts are juggling their schedules or asking teachers to give up their planning periods to deal with an educator shortage. Low salaries and challenging working conditions are the two main reasons teachers are leaving, says Fran Welch, dean of the College of Charleston School of Education, Health and Human Performance.
Before implementing digital tools in a school, a principal should know how the tools work with the school's pedagogical frame and if research confirms the technology's efficacy, writes Eric Sheninger, a senior fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education. In this commentary, he offers questions and guidance for principals considering new technologies.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed an executive order that may force some state school districts to consolidate administrative functions. Fallin says the goal is make education spending more efficient, but critics say the state should be investing more in education.
Educator Kriscia Cabral writes about using the novel "Wonder," about a boy with a facial abnormality, to cultivate empathy and kindness among her students. In this blog post, she describes how students wrote poetry and created art based on the book, and shared their kind acts on a class bulletin board.
Students at an Ohio middle school learned about energy consumption by pedaling a bicycle connected to a generator. Four girls at the school learned to wire the bike to power different types of light bulbs as part of a summer workshop, and they plan to use their project to talk about energy efficiency with the school board.
A report from the Government Accountability Office found that full-time, nontenure-track professors earn about 75% less per course than tenure-track faculty. Nontenure-track professors said they enjoy the flexibility these jobs offer but noted challenges, including lack of stability because of short-term contracts and lower pay.
Colleges and universities still lag when it comes to having a diverse administration. Goucher College in Baltimore, recognized by CUPA-HR for its diversity-hiring practices, offers bonuses for referrals and has revamped its salary policies to make them more equitable.
Educators in a recent meeting with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressed concerns about existing guidance concerning discipline policies that have disproportionate effects on some student groups. The meeting has prompted concern from civil rights advocates.
North Carolina high-school principal Johncarlos Miller says educators can either "inspire or derail" student success, and he's made a career out of getting to know his students to inspire academic performance. Miller has been named the district's principal of the year.
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