First-year automotive students at the Career Pathways Institute in Nebraska recently visited an Anderson Ford sit, where two students will be selected to work as interns in the spring. Ben Kelley, a high-school senior working at the location, says the experience is helping to prepare him for a job after high school.
Kristin Brown, principal of Penn Hills Elementary in Pennsylvania, is a finalist for a Principal of the Year award after being nominated by a teacher who says she is "always rewarding other people and finding the good in other people." Brown implemented a behavior management system that rewards both students and teachers, and she allows teachers to try new ideas and teaching methods, teacher Amy Yohe said.
Many school districts are turning to instructional technology coaches to help them incorporate new educational technology into their classrooms. Jeffrey Bradbury, instructional technology coach at Westwood Regional School District in New Jersey, says districts need to define the coach role better and understand how coaches can help teachers innovate and collaborate.
Students in special education at Desert View Elementary School in Arizona go on regular field trips designed to engage all of their senses. While students have regular access to occupational therapy, Principal Meredith Nelson says she and other staffers consulted experts to determine how best to meet students' needs outside of therapy and integrate sensory experiences into learning.
Graduate students can gain valuable contacts and career skills by joining a committee or board, or participating in a writing group or school newspaper, writes Melissa Dalgleish, program coordinator in the Research Training Centre at the SickKids Research Institute in Toronto. Even putting together a group based on a hobby or interest will help round out your skill set and help build your network, says Dalgleish.
Asking for help at work, whether you're the CEO or a new hire, shows courage and vulnerability, argues Wayne Baker of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in a new book. "You have to be clear on why you are making the request, the goal you are trying to achieve, and use SMART criteria," he says, with SMART being defined as specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-related.
Technology and social media are responsible for "tearing us apart," according to 56% of US students surveyed by the nonprofit Common Sense Media and Kahoot, a learning games platform. Results also found that about 31% of students said sharing something untrue on social media is OK, and nearly 43% said it's best to ignore negative content online.
The volume and pace of decision-making among school leaders can cause fatigue, write Ronald Williamson, professor of leadership and counseling at Eastern Michigan University, and author Barbara Blackburn. In this article, they share some strategies to help deal with decision fatigue, including avoiding back-to-back meetings and scheduling short mental breaks.
Eighty-one school districts in Missouri are expected to operate under four-day school weeks by next year. Officials say the primary reason for moving to the shortened week is to attract and retain teachers.
The Alabama State Department of Education has requested funding from the Legislature for improvements to mental health services in schools, including an Alabama Department of Mental Health program that would add more licensed therapists. State Education Department Superintendent Eric Mackey also wants money to add school mental health service coordinators, positions that could be filled by social workers.