Leaders looking to establish a more diverse workplace should tap into employee insights to find new connections or implement new strategies, as well as focus on job expectations instead of qualifications in job descriptions, writes CEO adviser Christine Comaford. They should create a structured interview process to eliminate unconscious bias and conduct employee training to fight bias in the workplace, she adds.
Connecticut middle-school principal Rachael Caggiano says her goal in her new role will be to build a culture that makes both students and faculty eager to come to school. Caggiano, who previously served as assistant principal in a high school in the district, says she'll also focus on helping students transition into high school.
Some New York state districts are still searching to fill teacher positions as the new school year begins. Some district leaders say they're sharing teachers with other districts and relying on long-term substitutes until they can fill the open slots.
Members of the Arkansas Board of Education last week reviewed the state-mandated ACT Aspire exams to ensure they were still a good measure for both the academic success of students and schools. Some board members expressed concern that the test was not aligned with state standards, but state education department leaders expressed confidence in the test.
Educators at an Alabama middle school plan to use the ClassDojo app for classroom management and better communications with parents. The program gamifies classroom management, allowing teachers to assign and remove points for behavior in real time with tiered, unified consequences tied to point losses, assistant principal Kevin O'Rear said.
Alabama high-school principal Bill Singleton says in his new position he'll be working on improving school culture based on building relationships with students, faculty and parents. Singleton, who says education is his calling, also intends to introduce a character and leadership program that faculty has already been trained to implement.
Building relationships with students will pay off for teachers, asserts veteran educator Chrissy Romano-Arrabito. In this commentary, she shares five strategies to help build connections, including using social media, sharing details about their lives outside of school and establishing classroom circles.
Tell a succinct story in job interviews instead of trying to cover every detail of your skills and previous work experience, Emily Moore writes. Show your passion by explaining what caused you to become interested in your field.
Educators at a Kentucky middle school organized a science, technology, engineering and math summer camp for girls to work on coding and robotics projects. The girls worked on their programs, then toured a STEM business at the end of the week.
One South Carolina school district is grooming a dozen new teachers by giving $1,250 each to 12 staff members who want to pursue a teaching certificate. Employees receiving the scholarships have signed a contract to work in the district for at least two years after earning their certification.