Educational Leadership
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9/20/2017

The old methods of gaining influence and power over others by force, through deception or by showing disregard, are no longer effective, writes Marcel Schwantes. If you want to be more influential to your colleagues, showcase your kindness, enthusiasm and openness to new ideas, Schwantes writes.

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Marcel Schwantes
9/20/2017

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.

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The Associated Press
9/19/2017

A lack of time and devices are among the top obstacles that teachers and administrators face when adopting digital learning, according to a survey by education-technology company Schoology. Most survey respondents said digital learning improved student achievement and teacher effectiveness.

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Schoology
9/19/2017

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.

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Skype
9/19/2017

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.

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Robert Ward
9/19/2017

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.

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Recruiting Trends
9/19/2017

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.

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Lisa Johnson
9/19/2017

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.

9/19/2017

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.

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social media, Google Docs
9/19/2017

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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Facebook, mobile application, Harvey