Massachusetts high-school principal Clifford Murray says he likes to be visible and spend time in the halls talking with teachers, staff and students. Murray also says he plans to expand electives and allow teachers to choose and design classes to offer.
The best way for candidates to find a job is through referrals or by narrowly targeting specific jobs they are strongly qualified for, writes The Adler Group CEO Lou Adler. In this commentary, he recommends candidates spend only a little time on job postings and instead treat them as leads to connect directly with someone in that organization.
A recent study examines the relationship between newer high-stakes tests, test preparation and overall classroom instruction. The researchers studied lessons in five school districts and found that higher-stakes tests alone do not appear to improve test prep or instruction.
Students at one Texas high school are learning about helpful apps such as Kahoot and Twitter so they can teach their teachers how to use them in the classroom. Students also are showing teachers how to use social media to become digital leaders in their field, school officials say.
The new California Center on Teaching Careers will use $9.4 million in state funds to provide grants for programs designed to attract and retain teachers. The center will also use a digital portal to guide those interested in becoming teachers in the certification process.
Teachers in some Arizona school districts are preparing for fewer field trips, citing a lack of funds and time. In one district, teachers who do plan field trips must complete forms stating how the trips align with learning goals and standards, while funding for trips is sometimes paid for by fundraisers, families and the teachers.
Middle-grades educator Ariel Sacks offers seven tips for facilitating student discussions of novels. Among the tips she shares in this blog post are suggested teacher prompts to get the discussion going and teaching students how to reread sections of the text together to dig deeper.
Kentucky school district superintendent Rick Ross says he spends many of his days touring schools to maintain a presence in the district. Ross says he enjoys talking with students to get a better idea of what's happening and what's working in the district's schools.
Data released by Project Tomorrow finds that 58% of high-school students used personal devices to complete school assignments, while 56% reported using school-issued Chromebooks. The survey shows that about half of students in sixth through 12 grades used computers to take online tests, while more than 60% used them to play assigned games.
Students at a Michigan school are working to have shelter animals declared the official animal of their state to raise awareness of the plight of these animals. The service-learning project was prompted after students researched and wrote essays about shelter animals in their language arts class.