Maryland high-school principal Robert Dodd says his top priorities will be creating an equitable educational atmosphere, building teacher-student relationships and helping better prepare students to manage stress. Dodd, who has worked for the district for 25 years, says he hopes to build a culture based on open communication between teachers, students and staff.
Performance feedback should fill an employee's need to know they're meeting expectations, are good at what they do and how to advance to the next skill level, writes Markus van Alphen. The best feedback is specific and replaces criticism with an emphasis on moving toward mastery of tasks, he writes.
Doane University will use a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to recruit and train students who want to teach science, technology, engineering and math in Nebraska schools. State data show districts had 28 openings for STEM teachers in the 2017-18 school year, with many courses unfilled or taught by teachers without STEM endorsements.
A study of 11-year-olds who live in cities in England shows a relationship between the availability of green spaces, such as parks, and the spatial working memory that students need to succeed in math. The researchers, who published their findings in the British Journal of Educational Psychology, say students with fewer available green spaces in their area display weaker spatial working memories.
The Illinois state board of education is proposing new programs to attract more teachers to the state after a report showed that educators want more money and job security. The report showed most vacancies are in poorer and rural areas and in subjects such as special education and foreign languages.
University presidents, especially those leading minority-serving institutions, can improve their social media engagement with students by offering diverse content and getting to know students who follow them, according to a report from the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. The report also provides strategies for boosting student engagement through on-campus connections and events.
Take responsibility for your career development by attending industry events, taking classes and meeting important people in your field. You may have 10 years of experience at a job, but career expert Mary Jeanne Vincent suggests asking yourself, "Do [I] have 10 years of experience or one year of experience 10 times?"
Massachusetts ranked first in the country in Education Week's latest Quality Counts report. The annual assessment ranks states based on educational data, including fourth- and eighth-grade students' math and reading exam results, and high-school graduation rates.
Georgia high-school principal Jamie Green says one of his priorities will be helping to support students in nontraditional ways by providing wraparound services such as academic mentors and a food pantry. Green, a native of the UK, says he'll also focus on developing faculty and allowing them to be creative in the classroom.