Massachusetts elementary-school principal Rebecca Kelly says she'll use collaboration and engagement in her new position to build relationships with students, faculty, staff and parents. In this Q&A, Kelly says the biggest challenge for educators is to provide educational balance for students and prepare them "for jobs that may not even exist yet."
Leaders exhibit a high emotional intelligence when they're alert to other people's feelings, show compassion and don't succumb to defensiveness when challenged, writes John R. Stoker. "Instead, they seek to understand the source of others' feelings and the values that are important to others," he writes.
One North Carolina school district is using mentors, professional development and a connection with a central
office director to retain beginning teachers. Meredith Jones, director of middle grades education, says the extra support is "invaluable" to new teachers.
Go above and beyond in your work, and eventually others will see the results, and good things will start to unfold, author Barbara Pachter points out. "The most important thing is to be straightforward. Otherwise, it might not be that your boss is playing favorites, but rather they just don't know what you want," writes Vivian Giang.
Parents in one Oklahoma school district can now use an app to check on the school's bus schedule and be alerted when the bus is nearby. District officials say the app will help address parents' concerns about bus schedules and provide accountability for drivers.
The Mississippi State Board of Education is seeking public feedback on a proposal to add two public high-school students as advisers to the board. The board will take comments and hold a November vote on the proposal.
Students who were held back in fourth or eighth grade were 5 percentage points more likely to drop out of school in Louisiana and 10 percentage points more likely to drop out in New York City, according to recent studies. Paco Martorell, a professor at the University of California at Davis who studied the New York City policy said, "The takeaway from this would be that, at a minimum, we should be retaining fewer middle school students."
English-language learners wrote and published a book in English and Spanish about their immigration to the US. The fourth-graders, who are in a bilingual magnet program, launched their book at their town's main library, and copies will be in circulation at five library branches.
Fourth-graders at a California school are taking a leading role in helping their school recycle trash and reduce landfill waste. After lessons on the importance of recycling, students now take turns working during lunch shifts to teach younger students how to sort waste into recycling, composting and trash containers.
Michigan high-school principal Dan Holden says he's excited that his staff and faculty want to take "ownership" of the school and its improvement efforts. Holden, a former athletic director, says he'll seek to build on the professional learning communities that already have been established at his school.