South Carolina elementary-school principal Garry Flowers says his greatest accomplishment in his 18 years leading the school has been creating a more positive atmosphere. Flowers, who is retiring this year, says tensions were high when he arrived but now, he says, "I get more hugs in a day than most people do in a week."
Professionals should write a clear vision statement for their career that includes their passions and goals, writes executive coach Michael Pollock. In this commentary, Pollock gives some guidelines for creating a vision statement but adds that each will be unique depending on a professional's skills and desires.
A report by the Institute of Education Sciences related to students' at-home access to digital resources was due to Congress in June 2017 under the Every Student Succeeds Act. In a letter to the IES, several education-technology and advocacy groups are requesting the report be delivered.
A minimalist approach to work can improve productivity by sharpening your focus on the task at hand, writes Laura Small. A less-is-more strategy also means clearing physical and virtual workspaces of unnecessary stuff and mentally appreciating what you have, she writes.
Proposed changes by the Colorado Department of Education would cut down on paperwork for prospective teachers, provide more flexibility for out-of-state educators and introduce a new credential for middle-school math instructors. State leaders hope the changes will help them recruit more educators.
The nonprofit EducationSuperHighway is tracking the Federal Communications Commission's delays and denials related to E-Rate funding. The organization finds that E-Rate requests are seven times more likely to be denied than one year ago and says some of the denials are unjust.
The number of 12- to 18-year-olds who report being bullied has declined, according to the federal School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. Data show 20.8% reported being bulled in 2015, down from 31.7% in 2007.
Utah elementary-school principal Colleen Shaffer says she works to create a positive atmosphere where students feel cared for and their successes are celebrated. Shaffer, who this year received the district's Distinguished Principal Award, says the most rewarding part of her job is seeing students be kind to one another.
If team members are not willing to help each other, it may indicate discontent caused by management, writes William Vanderbloemen. Leaders need to exemplify a culture of collaboration and be willing to dismiss a toxic employee or executive, he writes.
Fifth-graders developed their math skills by designing puzzles for a digital breakout game where players use clues to solve math-based puzzles and complete a story. Some projects integrated literacy and social studies as students created themes from Valentine's Day to World War II into their stories.