One Illinois school superintendent is encouraging statewide action to stem a growing teacher shortage in the state. Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel says in the meantime the district will focus on "grow your own" programs to encourage students to become teachers and partner with local colleges to create a pipeline of new educators.
Almost all of the delayed A-F ratings for Mississippi schools have been approved by the state board of education. The rest of the ratings will be considered in November and a task force will continue to evaluate the state's rating system, education officials say.
Fifth-grade teacher Pete Barnes in this blog post shares how he maintains his enthusiasm for his 22-year teaching career. He describes how he took on challenging projects -- such as bringing a constellation project to school -- and tapped into his passions by participating in teacher-travel opportunities.
The US Education Department has released a guide intended to help parents better understand the changes made under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says the "Dear Parent" letter will make it easier for parents to understand the law and how it is being implemented.
A Colorado middle school is one of two schools in the state teaching students how to fly drones. As part of the Flight and Space class, students are learning about federal regulations and other aeronautical information as they conduct missions in the cafeteria with their drones.
Neeli Bendapudi, president of the University of Louisville in Kentucky, says new leaders can't "wave a magic wand" and make changes, but they must set the tone and lead by example. She says she will seek to create "a culture of transparency, accountability" and make sure people don't forget about the institution's mission.
Massachusetts principal Tara Barnes says she'll be spending more time out of the office and in classrooms where she can gather more data for evaluations and teacher coaching. Barnes, who recently received her own coaching on time management, says her new schedule also will help her provide better feedback to parents.
Employees will doubt the sincerity of praise if it's delivered in the same breath as corrective feedback, writes Jennifer V. Miller. "Before you chat with team members, give thought to the types of information you're about to impart to ensure your message is on point," she writes.
Design a personal well-being plan for instances where workplace stress becomes overwhelming, including identifying what your stress triggers are, symptoms of stress, stress relievers and trusted people to share with during tough times. Avoid escaping stress with drugs or alcohol, and instead face these issues head-on to move past them, suggests Patrice O'Brien.
Public input is being sought on changes to Hawaii's student misconduct and discipline code after the state board of education voted to gather feedback. One of the revisions would upgrade bullying in intermediate and high schools from a Class B to a Class A offense, but consequences for infractions would remain the purview of school administrators.