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.
Students at Freedom Middle School in Tennessee have created murals featuring uplifting quotes to beautify their school and inspire their classmates. Art teacher Nicole Goode says the five-year project, which she started in 2016, aims to teach students about American art while exposing them to positive messages during a turbulent time in their lives.
Members of the California State Board of Education this week said a proposed ethnic studies curriculum "needs to be substantially redesigned" after complaints from organizations representing many ethnic groups. The board is expected to approve a final version of the curriculum by March 2020.
College and university presidents must be cheerleaders for their brand by incorporating marketing strategies in speeches, stories and their own behavior and attitude, writes Eric Sickler with The Thornburg Group. "And in all that you say and do in your daily life as the CEO of your campus community, demonstrate that you are personally and professionally committed to your school's centering idea," he writes in this commentary.
Create a unique company culture by establishing core values, hiring talent that supports the culture and celebrating accomplishments, writes Debbie Ince, president of Executive Talent Finders. "If we are to succeed in cultivating our authentic cornerstones, keystones and capstones for our organizations, I believe we will elevate our workplace cultures, bring like-minded professionals with us, and leave an enduring legacy that is living, breathing and timeless," she writes.
In adolescence, changes in brain structure and connectivity offer unique opportunities for positive development, and recovery from past trauma, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report also recommends that policymakers use this data to address inequities, including those in health care and education.
Donald Fennoy, the superintendent of Florida's Palm Beach County school district, says he'll be seeking ways to introduce students to career choices as well as provide an atmosphere of inclusion. Fennoy says there also will be a new focus on safety and student mental health this year.
Leaders become weak when they allow their emotions to overtake them and neglect to improve their skills, writes career coach John O'Connor. "To push yourself beyond your capabilities and to prevent leadership kryptonite, use self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy and social skills," he writes.
Oklahoma teacher education leaders gathered recently for a summit to suggest a myriad of solutions to the state's teacher shortage for lawmakers to consider, including student loan forgiveness programs, signing bonuses and state-funded paid internships. Deputy State Superintendent Robyn Miller also suggested providing more support for new teachers to increase retention.