Retiring Georgia high-school principal Judy McNeill is being praised by staff and faculty for creating a positive atmosphere that emphasizes academic achievement. McNeill, who has worked in education for 42 years, with 30 years at the high school, also was given the Educator of the Year award by the Atlanta Meetup Optimist Club.
The Aurora, Colo., school district is setting aside $1.8 million next year to attract and retain teachers in hard-to-fill positions and may pay a $3,000 stipend to nurses, psychologists, special-education teachers and others. Superintendent Rico Munn said the plan could save the district money over the long term.
Fully integrating technology into the classroom can improve equity for students, according to a report aimed at helping districts address such issues. This analysis highlights districts that are using technology to level the field for students.
Virginia teacher Evan Pfeiffer created escape rooms for his eighth-grade civics class to engage his students in studying historical documents. With the help of volunteers, Pfeiffer built three escape rooms in the school auditorium that each took about 20 minutes to solve.
Computational thinking skills, such as abstraction and pattern recognition, can be used in project-based lessons to boost student learning across the curriculum, writes computational thinking program manager Eli Sheldon. In this blog post, he gives examples of how such thinking can be applied to English and social studies classes.
Some colleges and universities, including the University of Denver, are revamping their employee and faculty evaluations to include more ongoing coaching and consideration of contributions outside the classroom. Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, says the changes signal a shift away from "a punitive approach for performance evaluation."
People who don't feel valued will leave your organization, which leaves a lasting mark on a manager's legacy, writes executive coach Shubha Apte. "It is too late to applaud a person on his last day of employment with the company, even if you are doing it out of courtesy," Apte writes.
Higher-education diversity officers are "coalition-builders" seeking to change the culture on campus, says Armenta Hinton, director of diversity, inclusion and Title IX at Elizabethtown College. Diversity officers from around the country gathered recently to discuss their roles at the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education's Standards of Professional Practice Institute.
Minnesota school district Superintendent Ed Graff says school leadership is "not for the faint of heart," and adds that his office has developed leadership profiles for each school to ease leadership transitions and ensure the best environment for students. In this Q&A, Graff, who formerly led the school district in Anchorage, Alaska, says school success hinges on alignment among stakeholders such as students, community members and parents.
The Fab Foundation has released two free lesson plans based on the Marvel film "Black Panther" to help educators get students interested in technology. One lesson is inspired by the film's costumer designer and uses digital fabrication techniques and the other uses 3D technology to help students create wearable jewelry.
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