Nearly 100% of principals surveyed said they are performing well in the categories of vision, high standards and communicating goals, according to a survey by RAND Education and Labor. Teachers were slightly less positive on gauging principals' performances, a gap that researchers say may warrant additional study.
Nearly all school districts in Michigan are finding substitute teachers by using outside agencies that streamline the process with technology. The districts say the employment agencies save them time and money on administrative tasks, recruitment and retirement-payment obligations.
About 350 fifth-graders attending schools that receive Title I funding in two California school districts are getting a free overnight science camp. During the Fostering interest in Nature camp, students sleep in tents and spend time learning lessons tied to a local estuary.
Nearly half of the women members surveyed by the American Economic Association report experiencing discrimination within the past decade, preliminary survey data show. Only 25% said they felt valued in their field versus 47% of men, while the report also revealed discrimination based on race, disability and sexual orientation.
Delaware would increase the ranks of counselors, psychologists and mental health professionals in elementary schools and create health centers in "high needs" high schools under bills proposed by two legislators. Supporters cite national data showing the high incidence of mental illness among the young and point to its links to school failure, crime and death by suicide.
More recruiters are experiencing "ghosting," in which people do not show up for a job or a job interview. People might develop a bad reputation in an industry by doing this, and that will not bode well for them if the job market takes a downturn, communication specialist John Feldmann writes.
Leaders who engage employees at all levels of a nonprofit create more inclusive work cultures, which increases innovation, employee satisfaction and work quality, according to a study at Binghamton University, State University of New York. The study aimed to discover why "the nonprofit sector generally suffers from high employee-turnover rates, low work performance and deficits among the leadership," according to this synopsis.
Bringing on a new team member involves financial risk, but a smart approach to onboarding can help a company avoid costly turnover, writes Matthew Podolsky of Florida Law Advisers. It's important to create a good impression on the first day, provide clear expectations and help new hires connect with mentors, Podolsky writes.
Science teacher Amanda Ehly-Mills and English teacher Jill Eliason are partnering on a cross-curricular unit for their middle-school students built around Andy Weir's "The Martian," about a US astronaut stranded on Mars. Students designed a spacecraft that might support human life on Mars and wrote informational essays based on research they conducted about the planet.
Virginia high-school principal Howard Townsend, IV, focuses on building relationships and having high expectations for both students and staff. One of his goals as a school leader is to teach students about continuous learning that doesn't end when school ends, he said.
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