The best faculty-evaluation tools use student data in context, offer professional support and make it clear how data will be used, some experts suggest. Schools such as the University of California at Merced also offer mentoring programs to help faculty access professional development, says Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Tom Peterson.
Fourth-graders at an Oregon school loaded toy wagons with supplies and trudged through 3 miles of mud, thickets and creeks in an annual re-enactment of the Oregon Trail. The simulation is meant to give students a taste of early pioneer life, teacher Candy Trower said.
There can be a difficult period of adjustment for academic leaders when they step down from their positions to return to the faculty, writes Arizona State University professor and former dean George Justice. In this commentary, Justice reviews the changes he encountered in relationships with former administrative colleagues and faculty.
Illinois State University leaders are making progress in implementing recommendations from a diversity task force, including installing gender-neutral bathrooms and helping faculty create inclusive classrooms. Diversifying faculty and leadership remains a hurdle, but a hiring initiative is being implemented, says Jan Murphy, provost and vice president of academic affairs.
Trust your instincts and take note of how you feel about a job before you go ahead and accept an offer, executive career coach Mikaela Kiner says. Career coach Dana Manciagli recommends reviewing the job description and asking yourself if you want to spend your workdays on those tasks.
Memphis elementary-school principal Yolanda Dandridge says her "biggest, driving question" is asking what the teachers at her school need most. Dandridge, recognized by her district for turning around a struggling school, says in this Q&A that the key to success for principals is "to love your people" and offer them the development they need.
A Nevada school district has "gamified" its summer reading program through an online application where students record what they read and earn points to be "superheroes." The district kicked off the annual program with an event where students could do crafts and receive free books and other gifts.
A survey of more than half the teachers in Colorado found that 89% said their school is a good place to work and for students to learn. However, just under 58% said they had enough preparation time, the survey showed.
Public-school teachers in South Carolina held a rally this weekend at the state house in Columbia to demand higher pay for teachers and other state workers, plus more funding for education. Advocates are asking for a meeting with Gov. Henry McMaster and several lawmakers to discuss salaries and funding.
In this commentary, author Tom Hierck and Kent Peterson, professor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, share their "positive school culture inventory." The inventory offers 19 student and staff behaviors that can add to a positive culture.
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