College and university leaders can unite a community by making campuswide messages about potentially controversial events both timely and compassionate, writes Carole McFall, vice president of public relations at The Castle Group. Such "Dear Community" letters are a time to assert leadership and be clear about where the institution stands on issues, McFall asserts.
A study published by Baylor University shows faculty at the Texas school want more diversity in its ranks. "While a significant number of responses demonstrate favorable experiences and areas of strength for the University, there are many areas in which Baylor can improve and create an even more welcoming, inviting and supportive environment," President Linda Livingstone wrote in response to the results.
A school district in California has prioritized professional development for its teachers as it rolls out the Next Generation Science Standards, adopted by 19 states and the District of Columbia. Some teachers advocated that the district get a jump on training, which has included lessons and resources to help shift from memorization to student discovery of answers.
Retiring Texas school district superintendent Robert Jaklich's model of intentional leadership has helped his colleagues "strive to become our best selves," said school board Vice President Tami Keeling. Jaklich, who is credited with moving 14 schools to the state's highest standards, this year was named a regional Superintendent of the Year and was a finalist for the statewide honor.
One Tennessee school district is stepping up recruitment in an effort to hire up to 300 new teachers for the next school year. The district is using a variety of strategies, including partnering with universities and hiring a talent officer to focus on broadening the teacher pipeline.
Ohio education officials have awarded medals to 108 schools that have implemented a state policy designed to reduce the number of student suspensions. School officials say they used several Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports strategies to cut down on suspensions.
Principal Gene Russell became a sixth-grader for one day at his Nebraska middle school to gain an insight into what students experience. From the experience, Russell said he discovered that students may need more time for snacks and exercise, but noted they had many caring adults working with them throughout the day.
South Carolina elementary-school principal Tim Carnahan credited teachers, staff and the community for their contributions to the school environment. Carnahan, who was named as the state's Elementary Principal of the Year, has led the school since it opened in 2008.
Live by your core values and act on behalf of others when times get tough, writes Art Barter, CEO of Datron World Communications. "It's not just about me surviving the challenge -- everyone is trying to survive and overcome the challenge set before them," he writes.
Eighth-graders in a social studies class at an Illinois middle school took the lead in creating a virtual memorial honoring local veterans. Since its launch in 2014, more than 200 students have worked on the database, which features images and details about the vets.