Rather than simply analyzing poems, students need to be immersed in the sounds and images of verse to fully experience the genre, middle-grades educator Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. She shares several tips for creating an immersive experience and engaging students in poetry.
Colorado elementary-school principal Kristin Golden says she strives to make a "vibrant and joyful environment," where staff, teachers and students feel valued and respected. Golden, recently named Distinguished Principal of the Year for Colorado, also brings students into her office to praise them for their efforts and call family to share their success.
One South Carolina school district is partnering with several local colleges to attract paraprofessionals and other nontraditional students into the classroom. Students in the South Carolina Program for the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Teachers program can earn bachelor's degrees in areas such as special education and early-childhood development.
A bill under consideration by Illinois lawmakers would require school districts to set the starting salary for teachers at $40,000 per year. State Rep. Sue Scherer says the bill would end the state's teacher shortage, but the measure doesn't contain funding, and some district leaders say they can't afford to pay that starting salary.
Educators should build their classroom-management strategy around connection, consistency and compassion, educator Christopher Bronke writes in this blog post. Out of the three, Bronke writes that compassion is the most important because teachers need to model humanity when students make mistakes, so students know that their teachers care.
States relying solely on portfolios to assess the progress of students with severe cognitive disabilities will have to change that process under the Every Student Succeeds Act. So far, only education officials in Puerto Rico and Georgia have been notified that changes must be made, according to the US Education Department.
New Mexico educator Christopher Ortiz engages his sixth-grade students by tapping into their interests and building lessons around real-world experiences. In a unit on weather, he had students role-play newscasters and make videos of weather forecasts in front of a green screen.
Organizations can attract and hire top talent by using videos to communicate the culture and work environment and by encouraging current employees to post honest reviews on recruitment websites, writes marketing expert Korey McMahon. Leaders also must act quickly to secure talented workers who may be hired away by another organization if an offer is too slow in coming, he notes.
Teacher Dean Scheele used his deceased father's diary, letters and keepsakes from World War II to deepen lessons on the war for eighth-grade students at a Minnesota school. Students also developed their research skills by tracking down the family of a grieving mother who sent a letter to his father.
College and university leaders can use technology and data to personalize messages through email, video and websites to improve communication with potential donors and alumni, writes Marc Whitt, director of philanthropy communications at University of Kentucky Philanthropy. Some personalized touches include sending birthday or anniversary announcements or special offers to alumni classes, Whitt notes in this commentary.
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