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.
You can benefit more from conference attendance by researching which workshops are most relevant to you, writes Thomas Smale. Check out social media beforehand to identify the sessions others in your field are attending, and follow up with new people you meet after returning to the office.
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.
One Virginia school district has hired a new teacher support and mentorship coordinator to help recruit and retain educators. In her role, Leah Talbert will help to pair new teachers with mentors and provide instructional coaches for elementary- and middle-school teachers.
The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would earmark $50 million each year for 10 years to improve school safety as well as train students and staff to recognize and report potential threats. The Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing -- or STOP -- School Violence Act also would provide $25 million for schools to improve security features.
Some Arizona fourth-graders are working with scientists to protect wildlife from being killed by vehicles in the Sonoran Desert. Students are analyzing photos taken near a wildlife bridge, recording data for a public, scientific database, and recently spent a day in the desert meeting with scientists and learning about animals.
State leaders are using their plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act to "realize a better vision of education for all students," write Kristen Amundson, president and CEO of the National Association of State Boards of Education and Carissa Miller, interim executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. In this commentary, they outline the ways states are meeting and reaching beyond ESSA requirements to innovate in schools.
Organizations can more effectively help employees retire by offering programs to help them find the meaning and purpose they need after they leave their jobs, writes Lindsay Witcher, a senior director for outplacement provider RiseSmart. In this commentary, she offers four strategies HR professionals can use to ease the retirement process.
A measure under consideration by Kansas lawmakers would empower the state's board of education to review and evaluate school district safety plans and coordinate a safe schools advisory council, among other duties. Board members say that taking a leading role to set state standards will increase communication and cooperation among districts.
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