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Benefits of a Mentor During Your First Year as Faculty

Your first year as a faculty member is an exciting time full of enriching and valuable new experiences. You begin your teaching career while working on publications, committee work, and presentations. You will start to integrate yourself into your new school and community. ...




The benefits of awards—even if you don’t win

Awards have played an important role in Haley Gomez’s career. When the professor of astrophysics and head of public engagement for the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom interviewed for a €1.8 million European Research Council grant in 2014, “the first thing I was asked about” was a Welsh public engagement award that she had received earlier that year. ...




Interested in national development? Improve education

 He who opens a school door, closes a prison – Victor HugoThe foundation of every state is the education of its youth. – DiogenesEducation is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world – Nelson MandelaIf a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be – Thomas JeffersonIf you think education is expensive, try ignorance – DerekCongratulations to those who worked diligently on the recently completed Sierra Leone constitutional review draft report. ...




Lack of diversity in gifted education: Some readers see segregation

Education Lab’s look at the lack of diversity among students identified as gifted provoked strong reaction from readers. Some suggested taking a similar lens to professional basketball, while others applauded our examination.Education Lab’s examination of the diversity, or lack thereof, in classes for students deemed academically gifted provoked strong reaction from readers. ...




Teachers unionize at Calif. schools led by Rhee

Teachers at a small Sacramento, Calif., charter school chain have voted to unionize, the city’s teachers union was due to announce Wednesday. That is not necessarily news. What is news: the schools’ board chair is former Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, the famously combative union adversary. ...




Advice for Superintendents: A Consultant's Perspective

As a former teacher in an urban school district (12 years) and as a consultant who has worked closely with more than 20 superintendents, I have learned a few things about the complex role of the superintendent. I have great respect for the challenging, even overwhelming job of a superintendent. ...




Principals' Test Not Predictive of Success on the Job

Exam results show racial disparities
New research has found essentially no positive correlation between how would-be principals perform on a widely used licensure exam and their success as school leaders.The study, which looked at principals’ performance on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and on-the-job evaluations, student achievement, and teacher surveys, over a 10-year period in Tennessee, also found that non-white candidates were about three times less likely than white candidates to pass the exam. ...




7 Things EdLeaders Should Do

There’s a big opportunity to boost math and science achievement by using new tools to create powerful learning experiences and environments. That was the message at a Phoenix STEM conference sponsored by MIND Research Institute    Learner-centered: a personalized path for every student;    Blended: combining online, project based, and small group learning; and    Competency-based: learners show what they know and progress as they demonstrate mastery. ...




Mass. Teacher Starts 'Uber for Substitutes'

A veteran teacher, frustrated with the amount of movies and busywork she saw in classes with substitute teachers, has come up with a solution that Harvard Ed. Magazine refers to as "Uber for substitute teachers."
 
Under the startup, Parachute Teachers, professionals in the community—a computer scientist, a chef, a musician, and so on—"parachute" into the classroom and teach something they're passionate about. ...




Help Wanted: Teacher-Shortage Hot Spots

Teacher shortages became a major story in some states last school year, and they have continued to make headlines across the country this summer, with districts struggling to fill hundreds of openings as classes begin.
 
While the overall U. ...