West Virginia middle-school principal Yahon Smith says he wants to be seen as a source of support for students, not just as a disciplinarian. Smith also says he believes in instilling confidence and leadership in students.
Professionals can boost their career and build a safety net of colleagues by embracing networking both within and outside of their industry, writes leadership coach Michael Zaytsev. In this commentary, Zaytsev offers tips on how to connect with other professionals and build a solid network.
A principal pipeline initiative started three years ago by Omaha Public Schools is paying off, officials say, with improvements to the hiring process and more candidates waiting to fill jobs as they arise. Having great principals helps schools recruit and retain good teachers, says Charles Wakefield, chief human resources officer for the district.
Google Classroom is the most popular tool among teachers in more than 80% of Massachusetts school districts taking part in the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech Consortium, according to data from the program. The consortium, formed last year as a public-private partnership, allows educators to learn and implement personalized learning in the classroom.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have required the state's schools to provide teachers with six weeks of paid leave during pregnancy or for other reproductive health issues. Teachers currently must use sick or vacation time, and Brown says such details should be handled at the local school level.
Educators at a Florida middle school switched to flexible seating in classrooms after conducting research, attending a conference and raising funds through the website Donors Choose to purchase furniture. Teachers say their students appreciate the comfort of the new seating and are never late to class.
Mobile devices can be an asset in the classroom when managed properly, asserts Charri Stratton, director of instructional technology at Putnam City Schools in Oklahoma City. In this blog post, Stratton shares three tips to help make the most of these devices.
Leaders can't build a great team unless they are willing to delegate, solicit ideas and thank people for them, and let people take action on those ideas, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Employees rally around leaders who allow them to learn through doing and raise them up when they've done well," he writes.
A Connecticut middle school this year is replacing its technology unit with science, technology, engineering, art and math lessons starting in sixth grade. Sixth-graders will receive three weeks of instruction on programming video games, and educators plan to build on that knowledge to have them program robots next year.
The best higher-education leaders are those who can understand and meet the needs of many different constituencies -- including the faculty, staff and students -- professor Allan Filipowicz says. He teaches a leadership course through eCornell and adds that leaders can improve employee performance by encouraging them to live up to their potential.