Integrating social media into classroom lessons can help to support authentic learning, says fourth-grade teacher Chrissy Romano-Arrabito. In a recent interview, she shared her advice for teachers interested in experimenting with social media and authentic learning.
The Illinois State Board of Education has voted to ask state lawmakers for over $7.9 billion in extra funding for the next fiscal year, nearly doubling current spending to more than $15.6 billion. If approved, officials say the funding would provide districts with 90% of the money they need to provide all students with a quality education.
Nearly 30% of the top 50 colleges and universities in the US have created positions for innovation roles such as chief innovation officer, according to a report from Russell Reynolds Associates. Such roles often are senior leadership positions with responsibilities that are strategic in nature, researchers found.
Using quests in project-based lessons gives students more choice, which helps boost engagement, writes professor of technology, innovation and pedagogy Matthew Farber. In this blog post, he shares approaches -- and tools -- to support quests in learning.
Texas high-school principal Brandon Johnson says he brings a whole-child approach to his role to ensure that "students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged." Johnson says he believes students face challenges finding focus in school and works to support them "in the pursuit of their passion."
One Illinois high school has partnered with a local college to offer education classes to students interested in becoming teachers. District officials say they hope to expand class offerings in their "grow your own" program during the next school year.
Missouri could boost early-education funding by a projected $48 million for the 2018-19 school year after triggering a law mandating the increase. School officials say the extra funding would help, but it would not be enough to expand prekindergarten programs.
South Carolina teacher Blakely Williams said her sixth-graders' six-week study of the novel "Wonder" incorporated topics beyond language arts. Along with traditional literary analysis, Williams used the novel to discuss science and bullying, and to create art posters featuring life principles.
Traits of leaders with high emotional intelligence include being empathetic, positive and authentic, and they practice those traits whenever possible, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Beyond work, think of ways to apply yourself at home, in social and community situations," he writes.
Companies should develop a positive, healthy workplace to bolster recruitment and retention efforts instead of just offering perks, such as yoga classes or catered meals, that may not inspire corporate loyalty, says Paul McDonald of the global staffing firm Robert Half. Employees value a competitive pay package and respect for a healthy work-life balance, McDonald says.