Jump-starting a career starts with assessing your strengths and weaknesses, setting goals that leverage the former and seeking help to fix the latter, writes career coach Robert Hellmann. To increase your leadership potential, find an area in need of improvement and take the initiative to make it happen.
Alabama school leaders say a 4% raise for teachers in the state, approved recently by Gov. Kay Ivey, will make it easier for them to recruit and retain educators. The pay increase, which goes into effect in October, tells teachers "we support you," says Vic Wilson, the executive director for the Council of Leaders in Alabama Schools.
Students at Booker Middle School in Sarasota, Fla., learn creative writing in the Dragonfly Cafe, an in-school coffeehouse classroom where they write poetry on vintage typewriters. Teacher Joanna Fox also helps students gain interpersonal skills through field trips in which they share their poetry with the community.
Pairing a new hire with an experienced worker as an "onboarding buddy" can help new workers get up to speed faster and integrate with their new team, write Microsoft executive Dawn Klinghoffer and data analysts Candice Young and Dave Haspas. Veteran workers also benefit by developing their leadership skills and expertise as they train and support a new colleague, they note.
As the workforce diversifies, leaders need to direct their authority toward a team-based approach while developing skills such as empathy, emotional intelligence and intuition, write Carol Valone Mitchell and Rick Koonce. Research suggests some women already excel in such areas, and men benefit from these skills, too.
Colleges and university leaders seeking administrative diversity often opine that there are not enough black candidates, but Jonelle Knox writes that, in his experience, black professionals are often overlooked. In this commentary, Knox, who works at the College of Staten Island and Bronx Community College, recounts his own search for an academic job and the underlying biases he felt that he encountered.
Smartphone-driven social media is one of the main drivers of stress among students, research shows. Now, some schools are taking steps to help reduce students' anxiety by engaging students in mindfulness activities, hiring outside firms to scan social media for signs students need additional support, and encouraging students to unplug.
Minnesota high-school principal Ray Aponte turned around a struggling school by working to give students a voice and providing leadership to help them succeed and graduate. Aponte -- who is retiring as the district's longest serving principal with 25 years leading schools -- says he plans to focus on improving race relations within the community.
A card game developed by a lawyer is being by some schools with third- through eighth-grade students to help them use maps, identify states and their capitals and other facts including when states entered the union. GeoPlunge inventor, Alan Fishel, is introducing a similar game on focused on history and historical figures.
Some South Carolina school districts are working to attract and retain teachers by providing pay raises and travel stipends for those willing to travel to rural schools. District leaders say they're losing some teachers to nearby districts where pay and perks are better.