Sports and business leaders alike are turning to fictional soccer coach Ted Lasso for leadership advice, with an emphasis on how Jason Sudeikis' character uses empathy, humor and stories to connect with people. "He uses his superpower of emotional intelligence to balance competing personalities, foster an environment where everyone is capable of good work and build the culture of a team initially resistant to his charms," writes Ben Cohen.
Adopting a successful restorative justice approach to school discipline requires cooperation from students, staff and community partnerships, said Kwame Morton, principal of Cherry Hill High School West in New Jersey, a panelist at the recent National Principals Conference. William Monaghan, the township's police chief, says the collaboration was strengthened by officers building relationships through mentoring and other activities with students.
The Archdiocese of Chicago's Catholic schools will resume extracurricular activities in the next school year as well as other activities, such as field trips and masses, that were canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Masks will not be required for vaccinated students and staff, and the archdiocese said it will follow certain safety precautions, such as maintaining 3 feet of physical distancing indoors where possible.
Courses in mental health first aid can help school staffers set aside the desire to be "superhero" problem-solvers and teach them how to identify warning signs and listen effectively, certified instructor Judith Allen says. Principal Ruby Ramirez of Dallas says such a course "changed the way that I saw mental health," and more educators and staff are taking the courses this year as mental health challenges in students have increased during the pandemic.
New laws allow Michigan school districts to install or contract for school bus stop-arm cameras and increase the penalty for unauthorized people boarding a bus. The goal, said state Rep. Jack O'Malley, is to improve safety and strengthen enforcement.
Joseph Padasak, the new president of St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School in Hagerstown, Md., says the school is preparing to welcome its largest freshman class in five years and is focused on increasing the school's enrollment back to 225. Padasak says the school also is actively recruiting teachers.
Catholic schools in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast in Florida have released guidelines for the next school year that encourage in-person learning and the wearing of face coverings for students younger than 12. Hybrid learning will be used sparingly, according to the guidance.
The Associates of St. John Bosco, a nonprofit organization, helps students continue their faith journey as they go to college. Efforts include college nights that are offered to students transitioning from high school to college.
Black male middle-school students from the Brunswick, Ga., area met with local role models and learned skills such as public speaking, career planning and entrepreneurship to help them succeed in school and life during the Boys of Summer program. The two-week program, which wrapped last week, is being followed by a similar program for female students.
School libraries have evolved into workspaces where students can learn about programming, pore through research and develop 21st-century skills. This article highlights five digital tools to support school libraries, including 826 Digital, which allows access to resources aimed at engaging students in writing, and Skybrary, an interactive library of digital books.