Leaders who admit their mistakes and take responsibility show self-awareness and strength, notes John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "Leaders accomplish very little by themselves -- they survive or fail on the actions of those they lead," he says.
Alabama middle-school principal Anita Clarke says she believes in the power of educators to influence students' futures. Clarke, who was recently honored with a local humanitarian award, says she works to show students she believes in them and sets high expectations for them.
Create a list of six functional skills that you possess and another list of up to five achievements, suggests author Andrea Kay. Other career investment strategies include scheduling a networking activity and asking your manager what he or she reads to keep up on industry news.
South Carolina schools have seen about 9% of teachers leave the classroom over the past two years, according to a report from the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement. Vacancies are reported highest for teachers in early education, math, science and special education.
The National Head Start Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers have released a free 100-page toolkit to help school districts comply with a federal law that requires them to coordinate efforts with early-childhood providers. The toolkit is designed to offer guidance for creating the required written agreement.
A Nebraska lawmaker has introduced a measure that would allow the state's voters to abolish the state board of education. The measure's sponsor, Sen. John Murante, is proposing giving control of the education department to the governor, but opponents say such a move would give citizens less input on education.
The SmartBrief Education team each year celebrates educator voice with the annual Educator's Choice Content Award. Meet this year's winners, Kerry Gallagher and Brian Sztabnik. Read more.
School leaders often make decisions about filtering internet content in schools, and defining how and what to filter is a good first step, says Mike Jamerson, director of technology at Indiana's Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Jamerson and others offer best practices for filtering.
An Illinois school district is opening to the public its middle-schoolers' Socratic seminars to provide an understanding of the "student voice" on such topics as violence in schools, Assistant Superintendent Ron Raglin said. The first one featured three classes discussing Martin Luther King Jr.'s nonviolent philosophy of the "Beloved Community."
New York elementary-school principal Suzanne Gray says she wants to get to know her students so they will look forward to coming to her office. Gray, who has been named the state's principal of the year, has enacted initiatives such as "Mindful Mondays" to teach students to care about their own well-being.
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