North Dakota school district Superintendent Jeffrey Thake says he wants his district to be a leader in implementing personalized learning, and he has engaged teachers in professional development to learn new teaching methods. In this job, Thake has visited district schools and says teachers have his permission to try new things to improve academic outcomes.
One Indiana middle school will pilot a Telehealth initiative that allows medical professionals to evaluate patients from remote locations. School trustee Wilma Vazquez says the system may make it so that students do not have to miss school for some doctor visits and families without health insurance can get treatment for their children.
One Florida county's school board has voted to allow schools to hire substitute teachers who may not have a bachelor's degree in an effort to ease a substitute shortage. Officials say the rule change will allow schools to hire substitutes with two-year degrees.
The Texas State Board of Education this week, in a preliminary vote, restored history lessons on famous women such as former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller following a contentious public hearing. A final vote on changes to the state's history curriculum is expected Friday.
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.
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