Colleges and universities such as Washington State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have training programs for faculty and staff to enable them to help co-workers dealing with stress or mental illness. The initiatives are meant to complement existing employee assistance programs and provide early intervention.
Correcting a team member in front of others, neglecting to offer career development and forever finding fault with staff are some of the ways leadership shuts down motivation, writes Joel Garfinkle. Give your team the chance to make important decisions and develop individual work styles, he writes.
Adjunct instructors and faculty who teach online courses are among the academic professionals who may not qualify for overtime pay, according to a fact sheet released this week by the US Labor Department. Andy Brantley, president and CEO of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, called the clarification "great news," but adjunct advocates say faculty remain underpaid and overworked.
A Texas school district is considering hiring a security company, Social Sentinel, to help scan social media to identify potential school threats. Some officials have raised concerns over data privacy, but the company says it does not access private messages or data.
Teachers Biz Logan and David Malay created a food pantry at their New Hampshire middle school after a health unit on nutrition showed them the need for one. About two dozen students receive backpacks of food for the weekend, and staff work to make sure the privacy of the students using the pantry is protected.
Researchers at the University of Oregon, in partnership with a consulting firm, will begin a pilot program this spring that uses virtual reality to help teachers recognize implicit bias in how they discipline students. The program will teach educators skills such as breathing techniques to reduce disproportionate disciplinary actions against minority students.
Virginia elementary-school principal Paul Pack says a principal's job is to serve teachers so they can better serve students. Pack, who has been named The Washington Post's Principal of the Year, has made it a priority to boost science, technology, engineering and math opportunities at the school.
Make lists of no more than three non-negotiable goals for each area of your life and spend the bulk of your time on these priorities, Fran Hauser writes in this adapted book excerpt. Shuffle your schedule to fit your key priorities and delegate the tasks you don't have time for.
One Maryland school district has created a teacher's academy to provide classroom experience to current high-school students who aspire to be teachers. The district also is offering pay incentives and open contracts to students who have not yet completed their teaching degrees in an effort to stem a growing teacher shortage.
The Texas State Board of Education on Friday gave final approval to standards schools can use to introduce a course on Mexican-American studies. High schools could begin teaching the elective course, called "Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent," as soon as the 2019-20 school year.