A better way to think about resolutions is to look at the process of being better instead of focusing on outcomes, says John Baldoni in this video and blog post. "Being better for me means being a more supportive friend, relative or colleague, being there without being asked -- that is, where's the need to pitch in without being asked?" he says.
The US Department of Education will release a plan to help teachers who have been hit with large debts because of problems with the TEACH Grant program. The move comes after it was discovered that some teachers who complied with the requirements of the program had their grants wrongly converted to loans because of paperwork mishaps.
Georgia middle-school principal Joey Millwood says it's the principal's responsibility to "set the tone" for the school and convey to students and staff that they care. Millwood, who once was a teacher and assistant principal at the school, says he feels it's his job to help both teachers and students enjoy learning.
A survey of Generation Z high-school and college students in 17 countries shows 80% want to work with cutting-edge technology as part of their careers, and 57% say their education has prepared them for a job. The data also show 98% have used technology during their education and 52% are confident in their tech skills.
Oklahoma lawmakers this year passed a measure requiring a minimum $5,000 raise for teachers statewide, but an analysis shows continued gaps in teacher pay depending on the district. Incoming Secretary of State Michael Rogers says some districts are skirting the new law over retirement payments by lumping them in with salaries, even though the base salary is below the state's minimum.
New buses in one Alabama school district are equipped with technology such as cameras to catch motorists who pass buses and a collision-mitigation system to help prevent accidents. The buses also feature an extra stop sign to help drivers see that the bus is stopping.
Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis wants state lawmakers to make it easier for school districts to remove ineffective teachers from the classroom. Lewis says he is not backing a specific measure but wants to ensure that any new policies protect teachers' rights.
An Illinois school district is among 20 suburban districts in the state to adopt the "Project B3" digital citizenship program that has eighth-graders teaching the curriculum to their peers and younger students. The program -- which has the core message of "Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Kind" -- is part of the district's launch of a one-to-one Chromebook initiative three years ago.
Rural school principals are more likely than their urban counterparts to quit their jobs or leave the profession as the demands of the job grow, a recent study shows. Education officials in Colorado are working to stem their shortage by preparing individuals from local communities to fill the jobs and offering them extra support and training.
Facing difficulties and losing hope at some point while being in a leadership position is expected, Jeanie Cockell and Joan McArthur-Blair write. Overcoming this feeling of despair can be done by finding things to appreciate, asking positive questions and keeping track of progress.