College and university leaders should write job ads that clearly spell out the requirements of the position and avoid asking applicants for too many materials up front, writes academic job search expert Karen Kelsky. A committee also may want to avoid asking for reference letters early in the process, she suggests.
Recent breaches show that the strategy many boards embrace for their cybersecurity efforts is falling short, Axio Global Chief Technology Officer Jason Christopher writes. Boards can implement a more effective strategy by looking at exposure in financial terms, focusing on a maturity-based cyberevaluation framework and having resources in place to recover from an attack.
Students at a Texas school have created a Christmas tree -- to be auctioned off as a school fundraiser -- from green plastic drinking bottles and old transparency sheets used with overhead projectors. Students cut and spun the bottles to create the limbs and used transparency sheets to make ornaments and holders for lights.
Seventh-graders at a Washington school will become certified in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel as part of the school's semesterlong computer essentials class. The certification makes them more marketable in the workplace, teacher Devina Khan said.
College and university leaders can unite a community by making campuswide messages about potentially controversial events both timely and compassionate, writes Carole McFall, vice president of public relations at The Castle Group. Such "Dear Community" letters are a time to assert leadership and be clear about where the institution stands on issues, McFall asserts.
A study published by Baylor University shows faculty at the Texas school want more diversity in its ranks. "While a significant number of responses demonstrate favorable experiences and areas of strength for the University, there are many areas in which Baylor can improve and create an even more welcoming, inviting and supportive environment," President Linda Livingstone wrote in response to the results.
A school district in California has prioritized professional development for its teachers as it rolls out the Next Generation Science Standards, adopted by 19 states and the District of Columbia. Some teachers advocated that the district get a jump on training, which has included lessons and resources to help shift from memorization to student discovery of answers.
Retiring Texas school district superintendent Robert Jaklich's model of intentional leadership has helped his colleagues "strive to become our best selves," said school board Vice President Tami Keeling. Jaklich, who is credited with moving 14 schools to the state's highest standards, this year was named a regional Superintendent of the Year and was a finalist for the statewide honor.
One Tennessee school district is stepping up recruitment in an effort to hire up to 300 new teachers for the next school year. The district is using a variety of strategies, including partnering with universities and hiring a talent officer to focus on broadening the teacher pipeline.
Ohio education officials have awarded medals to 108 schools that have implemented a state policy designed to reduce the number of student suspensions. School officials say they used several Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports strategies to cut down on suspensions.