The Kansas State Department of Education's Civic Advocacy Network has recognized Lawrence West Middle School for its efforts to increase civic engagement among students. The school offers a leadership development program and student instructional class; in addition, students grow fresh produce and donate it to local communities.
A group of middle-school students in Grand Forks, N.D., received a call from space on Monday. Astronaut Christina Koch, who is aboard the International Space Station, addressed the students as part of SciGirls in Space, which in partnership with PBS TV's program "SciGirls" encourages students' interest in STEM.
Jane Alexander, senior consultant at EAB, says colleges and universities need a "dedicated flashpoint strike force" made up of core administrators to respond quickly to campus controversies. She also recommends, in this Q&A, that leaders keep a running tally of potential crises and develop specific plans to address each one should it arise.
A new FlexJobs survey suggests one out of three employees quits due to not having flexible work options. 80% of those surveyed claimed they would be more loyal if they had flexible options, including the ability to work from home.
Iowa elementary-school principal Jeff Hoese says his management style includes a belief in the importance of creativity in which "nothing's off the table." Hoese, who graduated from and taught at schools in the district, says he'll help implement some changes at the school that will get students, faculty and staff out of their comfort zones to foster improvement.
Bosses tell people what they want them to do, whereas leaders are collaborative and empower people to do their jobs, writes John Stoker, who offers 12 characteristics that separate leaders from bosses. "Good leaders will understand what is required of each team member and will support and encourage them in ways that motivate them to do their best," he writes.
Illinois elementary-school principal Christian Mahone describes himself as "the Energizer bunny" because he likes to be out of his office and interacting with students and teachers. Mahone says he intends to bring a new vision to the school and aims to make it a blue ribbon school.
Several South Carolina districts are at near, or full, staff this school year as officials focused on early hiring and recruiting educators from different parts of the country. Other programs to recruit teachers from the business sector and certify incoming teachers have boosted recruitment efforts, say district officials.
The University of Illinois is implementing a unique program that provides up to eight hours of paid time for each academic year for civil-service and academic-professional employees to attend talks on campus or other activities. Executive Vice President Barbara Wilson says the "Know Your U" program is meant to get employees "more engaged and excited about working in the UI system."
A new analysis from Malwarebytes shows that adware made up 43% of the cybersecurity threats faced by higher education institutions with trojans making up a quarter of the threats. College and university networks have greater vulnerability because of the large number of guest devices allowed to connect, the report's authors say.
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