Dan Ninham, a physical-education teacher at Bemidji Middle School in Minnesota, is using posters written in English and Ojibwe and decorated with indigenous art to encourage students to lift each other up. "It's not only encouraging the Ojibwe language, but it's also encouraging the English language -- people telling each other good stuff, good phrases," Ninham says.
Colorado middle-school principal Joel Hathaway says building a culture of trust is one of his top priorities, something he accomplishes by learning to deeply listen to the concerns of others. Hathaway uses committees and focus groups to gather teachers and parents together to hear and respond to their ideas and problems.
The Illinois State Board of Education plans to ask lawmakers for $2.4 million more in funding to explore ways to stem the state's teacher shortage. The legislature already is considering changes to teacher license requirements, but board members say investing in programs to encourage students to become teachers and increasing salaries could be more effective.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos earlier this month told the Council of Chief School Officers that she would be amenable to changes in their Every Student Succeeds Act accountability plans if they would "ultimately result in greater student achievement." DeVos also urged district leaders to focus on bringing in more experienced educators, while noting the profession had recently taken a "bad beating."
Preliminary data was released this week from two school districts serving as test cases as part of New York City's plans to desegregate its middle schools. "Our schools are stronger when they reflect the diversity of our city, and Districts 3 and 15 are showing how we can have the important conversations and take bold action on this issue," Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said.
Experiential learning activities help students learn by doing, assert doctoral students Taylor Hausburg and Sarah Gudenkauf. In this blog post, they offer four suggestions to help teachers adopt their own experiential learning programs, including making time for reflection.
The best higher-education marketing efforts are those that foster an emotional connection to the institution, writes Tim Jones, chief communications and integrated marketing officer at Beloit College in Wisconsin. "In order to help your audiences feel your brand, you first need to identify what associations matter most for your institution and what comes through loud and clear through the people, the place, and the work," he writes in this blog post.
An Indiana school district changed its approach to professional development, guided largely by teachers' own feedback and needs. Michele Eaton, the district's director of virtual and blended learning, says part of the overhaul included a focus on a prior failed approach to PD.
As unemployment levels continue to drop, Mike Kappel, founder and CEO of Patriot Software, explains his strategies for keeping retention levels high. Create a successful onboarding program, work alongside the team to cultivate mutual respect, and better engage employees with clear goals and ownership over their specific role, he recommends.
Justin Parmenter, a seventh-grade language arts teacher in North Carolina, works to help his students develop empathy by teaching about character. In this commentary, he describes how one project encouraged students to interact with their peers and helped them learn to be more compassionate.
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