Three fourth-grade teachers at a Texas school have developed theme-based lessons that often include dressing up and playing parts to better engage their students. In a lesson about the difference between facts and opinions, a police detective talked to students about the importance of facts in his work and then had students use facts to solve cases.
Data from Brandon Hall Group show that 40% of small and large organizations have adopted some form of onboarding software this year, up from 26% in 2017. Daria Friedman, principal analyst of talent acquisition for the company, says the increase comes as organizations seek to retain more workers and limit attrition.
Colorado's School Bullying Prevention and Education Grant program, which provides schools with funds from marijuana taxes to establish bullying prevention programs, was recognized by the consumer website WalletHub as among the best in the nation. One middle school uses the funds to support its restorative justice program.
A study of faculty diversity statements submitted during the application process showed most focused on areas such as equity, mentoring and personal background experiences. Researchers say that to improve such statements, candidates should be given clear guidelines about what institutions are looking for.
Colorado middle-school assistant principal Sara Linsacum, who has been named Assistant Principal of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Executives, attributes the honor to teamwork among her colleagues as well as parents and the community. Linsacum says she feels her success is because of "quality relationships and listening and caring for every kid that walks through my door."
The number of nonwhite teachers in US classrooms increased to more than 760,000 in the 2015-16 school year -- a 162% increase since 1987 -- according to a report from the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. However, data show that nonwhite teacher turnover was 25% higher than white teacher turnover in 2012.
Managers sometimes intervene in work-based conflicts when letting people solve things between each other could contribute to their professional growth, writes Jay Sullivan. People seeking input from their managers about conflict don't always want a solution, writes Sullivan, so try asking questions to clarify what type of assistance they want.
At one Mississippi high school, 85 students are taking part in the Future Educators of America club with some of the students shadowing teachers to decide whether they want to become educators. Each year, one graduating senior is awarded a college scholarship named for the former teacher who began the program in 1993.
A task force in Louisiana is studying how to close internet-access and technology gaps at schools around the state. Members are assessing costs, methods of improvement and other topics and are expected to submit a final proposal by December 2019.
The Texas State Board of Education has given final approval to new social studies standards that include lessons on famous people such as Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller after considering their removal. The curriculum will take effect in the 2019-20 school year for middle- and high-school students and the year after for elementary schools.
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