Kansas high-school assistant principal James O'Brien says he believes his job is to build connections with students so they will take ownership of their own learning. O'Brien, who has been named the Area IV Assistant Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals, says he's honored by the award but that more people should be recognized for their dedication.
New Hampshire education officials say low unemployment rates have resulted in a reduced pool of substitute teachers in the state. Although some schools have tried offering higher pay, Carl Ladd, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, says substitutes remain difficult to hire.
Some schools in the Pacific Northwest are implementing a new kind of safety drill meant to smooth the process of reunification of students with their parents after an emergency such as an earthquake. During the drill, school officials verified parents' identification to ensure every student was reunited with an approved adult.
Students who have time for contemplative reflection during the school day are better able to retain what they learn, writes Dana Weeks, head of Germantown Friends School. In this blog post, she shares how her own school ensures students have time to be silent with their thoughts.
New university department deans should be careful not to favor their field over others -- but not ignore it either -- writes Texas Tech University Dean David Perlmutter. In this commentary, he advises deans to give attention to all programs equally and find people within the department who will help them complete needed tasks and assignments.
Even though there is a shortage of minority faculty candidates, Ansley Abraham, founding director of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program, says colleges and universities can still find them if they cast their recruiting nets wider. In this commentary, he also urges leaders to become more aware of unconscious bias in hiring practices and ensure that campuses are welcoming to minority professors.
Sixty-six percent of hacker attempts in education involve a ruse aimed at getting the recipient to select an attached invoice, according to a report from the digital security vendor Cofense. Other common ploys include a payment notification and an online order.
Massachusetts elementary-school principal Rebecca Kelly says she'll use collaboration and engagement in her new position to build relationships with students, faculty, staff and parents. In this Q&A, Kelly says the biggest challenge for educators is to provide educational balance for students and prepare them "for jobs that may not even exist yet."
Leaders exhibit a high emotional intelligence when they're alert to other people's feelings, show compassion and don't succumb to defensiveness when challenged, writes John R. Stoker. "Instead, they seek to understand the source of others' feelings and the values that are important to others," he writes.
One North Carolina school district is using mentors, professional development and a connection with a central
office director to retain beginning teachers. Meredith Jones, director of middle grades education, says the extra support is "invaluable" to new teachers.
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