New Minnesota high-school principal Jason Paske says one of his goals is to build positive relationships with students, teachers and staff to boost academic performance. Paske says educators at his school also will use assessment data to improve teaching and learning processes.
Using biometrics can help school leaders save time and money by replacing ID cards and streamlining such processes as lunch lines and roll call, educator Amanda Murphy writes. However, leaders should be aware of security threats and work with parents to ease privacy concerns, she notes in this commentary.
One South Carolina education official told state lawmakers recently that policies are needed to recruit and retain more teachers to stem a growing shortage. Jane Turner, director of the state's Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement, said the state already is funding mentoring programs and providing incentives for teachers.
More educators, such as California fifth-grade teacher Tammy Dunbar and New York teacher Amy Rosenstein, are using Skype to introduce their students to guest speakers from around the globe. Dunbar says the sessions teach students empathy and compassion for others, while Rosenstein says the talks spark interest in learning about other parts of the world.
Having a class read a whole novel together can provide an inclusive experience while building a classroom community, educator Robert Ward writes in this blog post. He shares tips for selecting books and helping students at varying reading levels engage with the text.
Organizations can improve their hiring process by actively recruiting year round and inviting employees to refer talented colleagues to apply, writes Alexandre Pachulski, chief product officer at Talentsoft. HR leaders also should implement integrated technology to allow collaboration across departments in the recruitment process, Pachulski suggests in this commentary.
Peer feedback can enhance students' portfolios and spark helpful discussions, writes Lisa Johnson, who works at a K-12 one-to-one iPad school district in Texas. In this blog post, she shares several ways educators can engage students in such discussions.
Technological improvements and increased availability can make virtual field trips accessible and affordable to schools, Joyce Valenza, assistant professor at Rutgers University, writes in this blog post. She shares descriptions and offers online resources for six virtual field-trip platforms.
Educators used social media and Google Docs to build a network with other principals to help schools in Texas affected by the storm Harvey. Ronny Snow's school in the northern part of Texas raised supplies, clothes, food and other items for one school in Dayton, where the principal used social media to help distribute the supplies.
A teacher in Texas used Facebook Live to bring lessons to her students when schools were closed following storm Harvey. Shanna Lumpkin used a mobile app to alert parents to the online lessons, which included reading the book "What Do You Do With a Problem?" by Kobi Yamada, which she had planned to read to students on their first day in the classroom.
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