Educational Leadership
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6/22/2017

Google on Tuesday launched its advanced job-search tool, allowing any job seeker to find and filter relevant job openings with a simple keyword search. Google has teamed with Facebook, Glassdoor, CareerBuilder and LinkedIn, among others, to bring more search results to users.

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CNBC
6/22/2017

As federal officials push for more career training, community colleges can take advantage of the trend by hiring more full-time and tenure-track faculty and improving shared governance, writes Rob Jenkins, associate professor of Georgia State University Perimeter College. Leaders also should stay out of politics and focus on preparing students for careers, he suggests in this commentary.

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Rob Jenkins
6/21/2017

Retiring Wisconsin elementary-school principal Nola Starling-Ratliff credits staff at the first school she led for her success, saying they helped her "build a strong instructional team." Starling-Ratliff, who has spent 42 years in education, says she focused on collaboration with teachers to help both teachers and students improve their skills.

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Kenosha News (Wis.)
6/21/2017

School district leaders should seek technology tools that are easy to learn to increase their use in the classroom, writes Kenneth Chapman, vice president of market research for D2L. The best tools are those that provide mobile access and seamless sharing of data, he notes in this commentary.

6/21/2017

The Michigan State Board of Education has approved a new school report-card policy based on factors such as educator engagement, school climate and academics. The accountability system, expected to be online by the fall, will not include a grade because board members said such an approach did not capture a full picture of performance.

6/20/2017

Some educators are using frequent assessments to help inform lesson-planning, asserts educator Rita Platt. In this blog post, she shares three key ways educators can use assessment data for planning.

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SmartBrief/Education
6/20/2017

Mentoring programs that pair university employees with senior staff, peers or even junior staff members, can help build skills and enhance institutional knowledge, college employee-development experts say. College leaders share details of their mentoring programs and how they can build leadership.

6/20/2017

Managers can easily find themselves playing favorites, which robs them of new perspectives and ideas, while not giving each employee a chance to shine, writes Joel Garfinkle. He lists six bad habits to watch out for, including having a go-to person for everything, preferring a single style and creating hierarchies that squash open-door policies.

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Joel Garfinkle
6/20/2017

Personality conflicts are inevitable but not insurmountable, writes Scott Savage, a pastor and writer. You can establish rapport by listening more, understanding other points of view and focusing on what you enjoy and appreciate rather than the negatives.

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Scott Savage
6/20/2017

Fourth-graders at a Michigan school will become peer mediators who help to resolve conflicts among classmates and younger students. Through a two-year pilot program, students have undergone training on a six-step resolution process called Peace Walks, but the formal mediation program begins next fall.