Massachusetts middle-school principal Brian Raposo says principals should be a presence in classrooms and be ready to "partner with teachers in doing the work." Raposo, who began his career in the district as a substitute teacher, says he will look at his school's data and work with teachers and state officials to come up with strategies to improve the school's performance.
One Texas district has approved a pilot program to hire virtual teachers for American Sign Language classes at two high schools. ASL is considered the third most popular foreign language in the district, where it is accommodating 74 of 174 students seeking ASL instruction because of a lack of teachers.
A $6.3 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2020 presented this week to the Missouri State Board of Education boosts funding requests for transportation and per-pupil spending. The budget, which must be approved by lawmakers, represents a $140 million boost in funding.
College and universities hiring a chief human resource officer should seek candidates who understand the latest HR technology and how to use the institution's mission for recruiting, says John Thornburgh of executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. CHROs also should communicate well with senior staff and handle unexpected events with ease, Thornburgh adds.
Letting go of certain everyday tasks is part of becoming a leader who can focus on bigger-picture priorities, writes Joel Garfinkle. "It's a lot easier to think about bigger goals and a long-term plan when you have other people to discuss with and to challenge your thinking," he writes.
Fourth-grade students are working with the Sierra Club to build a pollinator space to attract monarch butterflies and bees to their Indiana school's outdoor learning area. Students recently cleared weeds and brush in the area where students cultivated 18 native Indiana plants in the spring.
New Jersey high-school principal Akbar Cook had washing machines installed at his school two years ago so students wouldn't be bullied about their dirty clothes. Cook, who appeared recently on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show," received a $50,000 check from Cheerios for the program as well as other initiatives he has started at his school.
We can improve our ability to connect with people by thinking of ourselves as actors preparing for a role: We first see ourselves engaged in these behaviors, then we practice them until they become second-nature, writes John Baldoni. "Considering thoughts are behaviors in the making might help overcome resistance to making a change," he writes.
A class of Tennessee fifth-grade students are creating "Art Acts of Kindness" by writing inspirational quotes or drawing art on ceramic tiles. Teacher Lisa Redditt places the tiles in various locations around the community along with instructions for how those who find them can use social media to send messages to students and pass the tile to others.
An Oklahoma task force is focusing on initiatives to retain teachers and principals as school districts face a shortage of both. The state's board of education has, so far, received 2,153 requests for emergency certification for teachers, state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said.
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