Survey finds gap in educators' views on input | Helping employees grow is a great gift | Ariz. district recruits international teachers
December 14, 2018
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Survey finds gap in educators' views on input
Survey finds gap in educators' views on input
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A survey shows a disconnect among educators' perceptions of participation in decision-making, with 96% of principals saying teachers are involved, but only 58% of teachers reporting that they feel that way. Researchers say principals need to ensure opportunities for broader teacher involvement.
Education Dive (12/13) 
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Helping employees grow is a great gift
Personalize employee gifts by asking each person about professional-development goals, Julie Winkle Giulioni writes. You could then help employees create individual plans for learning, offer opportunities to gain experience within the company or budget a development plan of their choosing, she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (12/13) 
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Career & Recruiting
Ariz. district recruits international teachers
The Tucson Unified School District in Arizona is recruiting more international teachers as it struggles to find enough US educators to fill classrooms. Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo says the district provides extra support for such teachers, assigning them a job coach for the first two years.
KOLD-TV (Tucson, Ariz.) (12/13) 
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How to avoid self-sabotaging your job search
Focusing on job statistics and limiting beliefs won't get you the job, explains Karlyn Borysenko, as this will kill motivation and confidence. Focus on the goal at hand and pursue the things that you can control while ignoring the things you can't, she adds.
Forbes (12/11) 
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Technology & Tools
Study questions efficacy of Md. laptop initiative
Study questions efficacy of Md. laptop initiative
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Johns Hopkins University researchers have found little improvement on student achievement following a $147 million one-to-one laptop program rolled out four years ago in Baltimore County Public Schools. The program was intended to provide technology equity to students, but academic gains are not yet noticeable, researchers said.
The Baltimore Sun (12/13) 
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Policy & Research
Mich. lawmakers advance new school-grading system
Michigan House members have approved a measure that would replace the state's color-coded dashboard school-evaluation system with an A-F grading system. The new system would be put into place by September if the Senate and governor approve.
MLive (Michigan) (12/13),  The Associated Press (12/13) 
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The struggle is real: How difficult work strengthens student achievement
When students have the knowledge to overcome mental hurdles, they will learn and grow in more meaningful ways, writes Matt Johnson in the latest issue of ASCD Express. Teachers can use mistakes and failures as a feedback loop to improve student thinking over time.
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You do, we do, I do: A strategy for productive struggle
Set the stage for learning where students, not teachers, drive effort and exploration. Learn how to flip the traditional gradual release model to start with "you do" rather than a teacher-centered "I do."
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Education bloggers talk teacher burnout, fostering inquiry
SmartBrief Education's monthly Editor's Choice Content Award celebrates educator-written content. Our recent winners, Anthony Meals and Kasey Short, talk about why educator burnout is not a badge of honor and how to create a climate of inquiry in your classroom. Tune in Jan. 4 when they discuss these important issues on Education Talk Radio.
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