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.
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.
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.
Nine school districts in the Tucson, Ariz., area still have more than 100 teacher vacancies to fill this year. Teacher shortages are a national trend, but it is exacerbated in Arizona because of the lack of adequate school funding for salaries, air conditioning and textbooks, asserts Kevin Henry, assistant professor at the University of Arizona.
Philadelphia school principal Meredith Lowe is working with faculty and staff to produce a strategic plan for the coming years focusing on boosting student academics, as well as improving their social and emotional skills. The plan also calls for surveying parents and holding report card conferences.
School district chief technology officers and directors of education technology should build relationships by listening to stakeholders and spending time in the schools they serve, writes Kipp Bentley, a senior fellow with the Center for Digital Education. He offers tips for leaders, including learning from mistakes and not taking oneself too seriously.
An Ohio middle school has been recognized as a Project Lead the Way Distinguished School for its varied STEM offerings. Students can take real-world, hands-on STEM lessons through robotics, design and modeling programming, and app creation through a regional school-based career center.
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