During her 15 years as principal of a continuation high school in California, Debbie Davis has improved student attendance by awarding certificates and has boosted teacher morale by creating space for educators to talk about their challenges. As she prepares to retire, Davis was praised by Superintendent Fred Navarro as a transformative leader.
Middle-school teacher Erica Hilliker in this blog post shares five strategies she uses to help English-language learners develop their vocabulary and improve their reading comprehension. She includes links to resources and video demonstrations as she describes techniques, such as reviewing key words before reading text.
Teams are most successful when people feel safe, which means making sure everyone gets an equal opportunity to voice what they're thinking and be heard, writes Kris Boesch. Leaders need to consider what might be inhibiting this process and should facilitate more equal "air time."
The most confident individuals are able to avoid negative self-talk and don't invest too much thought in what others think about them, writes Matthew Jones. Confidence can't be gained by regularly living in the past or worrying too much about the future, Jones writes.
Football players from a South Carolina high school are mentoring fourth- and fifth-grade boys at an elementary school twice a week. During their sessions, the players talk about peer pressure, grades and leadership.
School leaders can keep their enthusiasm for the job by shifting their perspective on such issues as resistance, success and teacher motivation, writes consultant and former principal Cathy Toll. In this commentary, she describes five perspective shifts leaders should make.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a measure that would have streamlined the teacher-licensing process and created a new Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. The bill had been the subject of criticism from teachers' unions and the state's teacher colleges.
Fifth-graders at a Maine school published an anthology of short stories after working with teaching artists from the nonprofit writing studio The Telling Room to learn creative writing. The students spent nine sessions working with professionals, including journalists, fiction writers and actors to craft stories and learn the publishing process.
Educators at a Michigan middle school are learning how to guide engaging, hands-on science projects as part of the school's first year offering Project Lead the Way curricula. Seventh-graders study forensic science by solving a murder mystery, and sixth-graders learned about engineering and design by building bridges.
Under changes to US labor policies, many graduate students can now be considered employees of a college or university or organize unions, bringing challenges to many institutions. Some faculty say employee status threatens mentoring relationships while others support the guarantees of employment.
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