Colorado high-school principal Kevin Denton says he brings a "four-L" philosophy to his job: to listen, to learn, to lighten the load and to lead with integrity. Denton says he's committed to bringing innovation to his new school and will pursue a whole child strategy with students.
Iowa teacher Jenny Mullikin plans to use a moisture meter pen and thermal cameras that plug into smartphones to offer hands-on lessons about energy. Mullikin received a grant to purchase the equipment and plans to have students do an energy audit to help their school become more energy efficient.
St. Louis area schools, especially those in low-income areas, are having trouble hiring and keeping special-education teachers. District leaders say they're especially interested in recruiting dual-certified teachers, but area colleges report a drop in students enrolled in special-education programs.
School leaders can help teachers more easily embrace new technology by addressing their concerns and celebrating those who are leading the way in technology use in the classroom, writes educational consultant Matthew Lynch. Other strategies include allowing time for transition and creating a culture of innovation, he suggests in this blog post.
The Idaho State Board of Education on Thursday approved a mastery-based alternative path to teacher certification that would allow professionals with a college degree and expertise in certain areas to fill teaching jobs. Critics say the policy weakens teacher certification, but supporters say it will allow more people to become teachers.
Fourth-graders at an Arizona school are collecting and sorting data from outdoor cameras on wildlife migration patterns to assist the Arizona Game and Fish Department with planning wildlife bridges. The program stems from a research project by a group of sixth-graders who received a grant for the cameras and helped train the younger students.
Organizations can improve the retention of millennial employees by offering them a robust training program that provides recognition, feedback and flexibility, writes David Osborne, CEO of Virgin Pulse. Millennials also want to know their jobs are part of a larger purpose and they tend to value jobs that offer a good work-life balance, Osborne notes.
College and university leaders can improve student success by implementing programs and initiatives that offer intentional mentoring opportunities, writes Nido Qubein, president of High Point University in North Carolina. In this commentary, he outlines the programs his institution has implemented to improve student mentoring.
More than 70% of IT professionals say the need for employees with soft skills such as good communication and analytical thinking has grown over the past two years, according to a survey for Tripwire. Those surveyed also note that other areas, such as HR and marketing, need to be more involved in cybersecurity in the coming years.
Teen behavior can be influenced by the online behavior of their peers, according to a study by cognitive neuroscientists at Temple University in Philadelphia. The researchers found that teens were more likely to like a photo on Instagram if they were told more of their peers liked the image as well.
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