If you had a job that ended badly but was at least five years ago, it's probably a good idea to leave it off of your resume, writes Anish Majumdar. You should also consider omitting jobs where you worked for companies with bad reputations, Majumdar writes.
Connecticut education officials are considering proposals meant to ease a teacher shortage, including streamlining the teacher-certification process. Dianna Wentzell, state commissioner of education, says any proposals will go to lawmakers, but none will affect the rigor of teaching requirements.
Technology in the classroom can be effective if it is used for creative, active and social learning functions instead of just passive learning activities, writes University of Texas at Austin professor Joan Hughes. In this commentary, she asserts that teachers need proper training to use technology to close achievement gaps.
Instead of raising taxes, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is proposing to dip into the state's $1.6 billion rainy day fund to cover an education funding shortfall. Lawmakers cut more than $34 million from public-education funding earlier this year and now schools face a possible $530 million deficit over the next two years, officials say.
More than 2,000 parents in 49 states have signed a Texas mother's social media pledge, "Wait Until 8th," that encourages parents to wait until eighth grade before giving their children a smartphone. The choice depends on each family's needs, but the pledge could help some parents distinguish when smartphones are age-appropriate, child development expert Deborah Gilboa said.
California fourth-grade teacher Leighann Milazzo spent the first days of class getting to know her students by having them share details of their lives in small group discussions. The school district trained its teachers over the summer on techniques to build better relationships with students.
Georgia middle-school principal Darrell Stephens says his goal in his new job is to empower teachers and allow them to make mistakes as they find better ways to teach students. Stephens, a veteran and former superintendent, has won praise for his leadership, including being named the state's distinguished principal in 2015.
An environment of trust, appreciation and innovation helps people be happy and perform effectively and creatively, writes Larry Senn. Encourage others to be open to change, foster open communications and recognize successes.
Students are 3.4 times more likely to succeed in classes where technologies that support group learning and collaboration are used, according to a study from SMART Technologies. Such interactive technologies, the researchers found, can contribute to improved social and emotional development and student confidence.
One Missouri school district has begun a Grow Your Own Teachers Program that provides mentoring, financial support and job placement for students interested in becoming educators. Nineteen students are participating in the program.