Educational Leadership
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1/18/2018

Sixth-graders from three middle schools in an Ohio district presented short films they created through their schools' community partnerships that enabled them to work with a professional filmmaker. Students wrote scripts, gathered images and used video-editing tools to make the final product.

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1/18/2018

Integrating social media into classroom lessons can help to support authentic learning, says fourth-grade teacher Chrissy Romano-Arrabito. In a recent interview, she shared her advice for teachers interested in experimenting with social media and authentic learning.

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1/18/2018

The Illinois State Board of Education has voted to ask state lawmakers for over $7.9 billion in extra funding for the next fiscal year, nearly doubling current spending to more than $15.6 billion. If approved, officials say the funding would provide districts with 90% of the money they need to provide all students with a quality education.

1/17/2018

Texas high-school principal Brandon Johnson says he brings a whole-child approach to his role to ensure that "students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged." Johnson says he believes students face challenges finding focus in school and works to support them "in the pursuit of their passion."

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1/17/2018

One Illinois high school has partnered with a local college to offer education classes to students interested in becoming teachers. District officials say they hope to expand class offerings in their "grow your own" program during the next school year.

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1/17/2018

Missouri could boost early-education funding by a projected $48 million for the 2018-19 school year after triggering a law mandating the increase. School officials say the extra funding would help, but it would not be enough to expand prekindergarten programs.

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1/16/2018

South Carolina teacher Blakely Williams said her sixth-graders' six-week study of the novel "Wonder" incorporated topics beyond language arts. Along with traditional literary analysis, Williams used the novel to discuss science and bullying, and to create art posters featuring life principles.

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1/16/2018

Traits of leaders with high emotional intelligence include being empathetic, positive and authentic, and they practice those traits whenever possible, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Beyond work, think of ways to apply yourself at home, in social and community situations," he writes.

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1/16/2018

Companies should develop a positive, healthy workplace to bolster recruitment and retention efforts instead of just offering perks, such as yoga classes or catered meals, that may not inspire corporate loyalty, says Paul McDonald of the global staffing firm Robert Half. Employees value a competitive pay package and respect for a healthy work-life balance, McDonald says.

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1/16/2018

A $1.1 million donation from a graduate of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is aimed at helping the school increase diversity among students in computer science programs, officials say. Women earned 18% of computer science degrees at the Indiana college during the 2015-16 academic year, said J.P. Mellor, head of the computer science and software engineering department.

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