Connecticut middle-school principal Rachael Caggiano says her goal in her new role will be to build a culture that makes both students and faculty eager to come to school. Caggiano, who previously served as assistant principal in a high school in the district, says she'll also focus on helping students transition into high school.
Some New York state districts are still searching to fill teacher positions as the new school year begins. Some district leaders say they're sharing teachers with other districts and relying on long-term substitutes until they can fill the open slots.
Members of the Arkansas Board of Education last week reviewed the state-mandated ACT Aspire exams to ensure they were still a good measure for both the academic success of students and schools. Some board members expressed concern that the test was not aligned with state standards, but state education department leaders expressed confidence in the test.
Educators at an Alabama middle school plan to use the ClassDojo app for classroom management and better communications with parents. The program gamifies classroom management, allowing teachers to assign and remove points for behavior in real time with tiered, unified consequences tied to point losses, assistant principal Kevin O'Rear said.
Alabama high-school principal Bill Singleton says in his new position he'll be working on improving school culture based on building relationships with students, faculty and parents. Singleton, who says education is his calling, also intends to introduce a character and leadership program that faculty has already been trained to implement.
Tell a succinct story in job interviews instead of trying to cover every detail of your skills and previous work experience, Emily Moore writes. Show your passion by explaining what caused you to become interested in your field.
Educators at a Kentucky middle school organized a science, technology, engineering and math summer camp for girls to work on coding and robotics projects. The girls worked on their programs, then toured a STEM business at the end of the week.
One South Carolina school district is grooming a dozen new teachers by giving $1,250 each to 12 staff members who want to pursue a teaching certificate. Employees receiving the scholarships have signed a contract to work in the district for at least two years after earning their certification.
The North Carolina education department will use $6 million in unspent funds to provide an iPad to every kindergarten through third-grade reading teacher in the state. State officials say a number of apps for reading will be installed on the devices to help teachers monitor students' progress.
An Illinois middle school is expanding its pilot of a support program for students who are struggling in school. The program includes weekly meetings with a counselor who helps students work on their attendance and behavior.
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