As principal of the new I Promise School opening this summer in Akron, Ohio, Brandi Davis envisions a culture that fosters innovation and passion among teachers and students. Davis will help to develop the curriculum for the school, opening in partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, and says she will focus on social and emotional learning as well as science, technology, engineering and math.
One New Mexico school district is looking to attract more substitute teachers, including offering higher pay for those with a bachelor's or master's degree. The district also is starting its hiring season in April to build its candidate pool before school begins.
The Mississippi Board of Education last week renewed its contract with Questar Assessment to administer statewide assessments and end-of-course exams. The renewal comes amid recent glitches that left some schools unable to access the test.
Some school districts facing teacher shortages are recruiting retired educators. Alvin Thornton, former chairman of the Maryland Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence, says the move should be considered a short-term fix, rather than a long-term solution.
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.
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