Three elementary schools in a Colorado district are offering after-school career-exploration classes funded by local nonprofit Impact on Education. The classes aim to help connect academic learning to the real world and include courses in bicycle repair, first aid and computer science.
College and university leaders can find support for their innovation and business model changes by forging partnerships with trustees and board members to help mitigate risk, writes Aaron Aska, vice president for administration and finance at New Jersey City University. True partnerships, Aska asserts in this commentary, will help trustees and board members take ownership of advancing the institution's future success.
Colleges and universities that have created an overarching framework for diversity and inclusion have the highest capacity to handle a racial crisis on campus, compared with those having just a few diversity initiatives, a report from the American Council on Education finds. The report, which used 2015 incidents at the University of Missouri-Columbia as a case study, includes recommendations for administrators.
Chief information officers can best motivate and boost the productivity of their teams by "finding out how people want to be treated and treating them that way," says M. Eric Johnson, dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Russell Kaurloto, vice president & CIO at Clemson University, agrees, adding that CIOs must "walk the walk" and build their credibility with staff.
After traveling 4,800 miles to visit 28 elementary and middle schools around the US, Eric Cardwell, president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, says he learned that relationships are key to successful schools. Across districts, Cardwell says it is important for students to feel "that they are part of the family, the school family, the learning community."
Introverted people move past their hesitancy with the right motivation, says Jorge Mazal, vice president of product at Duolingo. "I think there are unique challenges to being introverted as a leader, and what motivates me to get out of my shell, to talk to people, is I try to be a leader that serves," he says.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 2.4% of American workers voluntarily left their jobs in July, which is the highest rate since April 2001. Employees leave their jobs for many reasons, including compensation or lack of growth, but things like modern networking make it easier for employees to find and change jobs.
One Indiana school district is addressing a teacher shortage by hiring more long-term qualified substitutes with emergency licenses and boosting pay and benefits to attract more educators. Leaders say they're finding many of their substitutes are now pursuing their licenses as full-time teachers.
The California State Board of Education has approved 10 textbooks that align with a 2011 law requiring history-social sciences texts to provide fair representation of minorities, including those based on religion and sexual orientation. School districts can choose their own textbooks, but they still must meet the state standards, officials say.
Many mobile apps licensed by schools go unused, according to a study co-authored by Ryan Baker, director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Learning Analytics. The findings show that districts may not be getting their money's worth for the licenses, since many of the apps promise results only with regular usage and they found that a median of 97.6% of licenses were not used "intensively."
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