One Virginia school district has hired a new teacher support and mentorship coordinator to help recruit and retain educators. In her role, Leah Talbert will help to pair new teachers with mentors and provide instructional coaches for elementary- and middle-school teachers.
The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would earmark $50 million each year for 10 years to improve school safety as well as train students and staff to recognize and report potential threats. The Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing -- or STOP -- School Violence Act also would provide $25 million for schools to improve security features.
Some Arizona fourth-graders are working with scientists to protect wildlife from being killed by vehicles in the Sonoran Desert. Students are analyzing photos taken near a wildlife bridge, recording data for a public, scientific database, and recently spent a day in the desert meeting with scientists and learning about animals.
State leaders are using their plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act to "realize a better vision of education for all students," write Kristen Amundson, president and CEO of the National Association of State Boards of Education and Carissa Miller, interim executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. In this commentary, they outline the ways states are meeting and reaching beyond ESSA requirements to innovate in schools.
Organizations can more effectively help employees retire by offering programs to help them find the meaning and purpose they need after they leave their jobs, writes Lindsay Witcher, a senior director for outplacement provider RiseSmart. In this commentary, she offers four strategies HR professionals can use to ease the retirement process.
A measure under consideration by Kansas lawmakers would empower the state's board of education to review and evaluate school district safety plans and coordinate a safe schools advisory council, among other duties. Board members say that taking a leading role to set state standards will increase communication and cooperation among districts.
College and university leaders must create a collaborative atmosphere that encourages department chairpersons and deans to take the next step in leadership, says Sona Andrews, who recently retired as provost of Portland State University. In a speech this week, Andrews stressed the importance of professional development and other strategies to build a leadership "dream team."
School leaders can create a culture of collaboration by allowing stakeholders such as teachers and the community to take a role in some parts of decision-making, write K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers. To foster a collaborative atmosphere, leaders must be willing to listen without judgment and provide clear communication to all parties, they note in this blog post.
One Missouri school district is planning a "speed dating" event to recruit new teachers. The format will eliminate the one-sided interview, according to a district spokeswoman, and will allow both parties to "actively choose each other."
Indiana lawmakers have scrapped a bill that would have allowed school districts to fill up to 10% of teaching slots with unlicensed educators. The measure had targeted areas such as science, technology, engineering and math as well as special education, subjects for which some schools struggle to find teachers.