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12 Secrets to Keeping Employees Happy Without a Raise

When budgets are tight, it can be hard to justify raises as rewards for high-performing employees. But if someone loves their work, takes pride in doing it well and feels valued, there are many other ways besides a bigger paycheck to show your appreciation for a job well done. ...




State of paid parental leave: Who offers it and how much time do they give?

Much has been written about how generous paid parental leave will soon become a standard benefit at most companies. But how many firms are really offering it and how generous is the perk?That’s the question WorldatWork attempted to answer in a comprehensive and first of-its-kind study — titled the Survey of Paid Parental Leave in the United States. ...




Are fidget spinners helpful or distracting in the classroom?

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- They are the hot new toys on the market.
 
Customers could not enter the Toys & Co. store at Friendly Center without first passing the sign that read “We Have Fidget Spinners!”
 
“[It] has just taken off like we couldn’t even believe,” store manager Matt Peel said. ...




Lack of Teacher Diversity Contributing to Education Attainment Gap

A recently released study by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics found that economically disadvantaged black male students who had at least one black teacher in third, fourth, or fifth grade were far more likely to graduate high school. According to the study’s researchers, having a teacher of the same race during these elementary school years “reduced the probability of dropping out of high school among low-income black males by seven percentage points, or 39%. ...




Engaging in Multicultural Learning

Mohammed was one of the new students in my class last year. He had recently moved to Tennessee from Africa and spoke only French; he started 6th grade knowing barely a word of English. I tried my hardest to help him understand my lessons, and he got help from his ESL teacher. ...




Inclusion Starts in the Classroom, Not the Boardroom

Michael Jordan once said: “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” He obviously knew the importance of building a good basketball team, just as many of us in the business world know the importance of building a good company team. ...




Program to grow teacher diversity in city schools

A new "grow your own" style program will help build a diverse workforce of Buffalo Public School teachers. SUNY Buffalo State and the Buffalo Public School District announced the launch the Urban Teacher Academy to be located at McKinley High School Monday at a news conference. ...




Celebrating diversity early in childhood classrooms

We spoke with Kelli DiDomenico of The Children’s Workshop, who shared the following important reasons and ideas for celebrating diversity early on in the classroom setting:
 
Early childhood educators work with children and families from all types of diverse backgrounds, multi-cultures, multi-races, and languages. ...




Teachers of color: Student diversity is up but not educators

Classrooms in California and Sacramento, in particular, are quite diverse ethnically and culturally, but does that diversity reflect among teacher populations?
 
As an African-American teacher, David Joiner is a rarity in education. Growing up in Louisiana, Joiner said he didn’t see many teachers who looked like him. ...




States Continue to Deal with Teacher Shortages

Schools across the nation are grappling with a shortage of teachers and it is forcing school districts to reassess the way they recruit and hire educators. These shortages are also forcing districts to examine ways to address high teacher attrition rates. ...