Teacher Absences & Subs
The Value of Providing Feedback for Substitutes
With the new school year just around the corner, there’s a lot on your plate. You’re working hard to ensure that everyone is ready, from bus drivers to teachers. But we’d like to suggest one more thing to consider: adding a commitment to feedback to your substitute management plan. You’ll help your substitutes become more effective in the classroom and gain more visibility into your sub pool’s performance across the district.
K-12 Cyber Security – Survey Reveals IT Leader Perceptions
Do you know what would happen to your school district’s data in the event of a cyber-attack? How much data, exactly, would be at-risk if your school district were suddenly exposed? Who would be affected and what information could become available?Continue Reading
Cultivating a Positive School Culture Through Hiring & Onboarding
Have you ever worked in a school with an amazingly positive, supportive culture? The type where relationships are characterized by respect, trust and transparency; where mistakes are seen as opportunities for growth; where individual successes are recognized and celebrated. If you’ve been lucky enough to work in such a place, you know that a positive school culture has a certain magic to it — you can’t see or touch it, but there’s no denying that it’s there, uplifting students and staff alike.
Evaluating Professional Development for Teachers? Evaluation Questions Are the Linchpin.
Evaluation questions form the cornerstone of professional development program evaluation. They both frame and focus the work, pointing us in the right direction for data collection. After all, how would we know what data to collect, and from whom, if we haven’t settled on the questions we’re asking? Crafting the right questions for a particular evaluation project is critical to an effective evaluation effort.Continue Reading
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4 Survival Strategies for Special Education Teachers
It’s estimated that up to almost 50 percent of a special education teacher’s time is spent completing paperwork. Yet, as a teacher, you want to spend your school days teaching. You want to work hard in ensuring that every student — no matter their ability — gets a fair shot at success. In short, you chose to become a special education teacher because you care. Because it’s a hard job and somebody has to do it; why shouldn’t that somebody be as qualified and invested as you?Continue Reading
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Thinking About Micro-credentials? Get the FAQs.
There’s nothing wrong with mandating a certain amount of professional learning for teachers throughout the year. But when meeting a minimum hourly requirement becomes the goal in itself, rather than the means to improving practice, the effectiveness of PD plummets.Continue Reading
Recruiting & Hiring
3 Trends to Know When Recruiting New Teachers
Every time a position opens up in your district, whether from attrition or increased student enrollment, you need to find a qualified, talented candidate to fill the role. It’s easy to get into reaction mode, where you go from filling one position onto the next, but part of strategic recruitment is looking ahead and planning accordingly.Continue Reading
Resources to Prevent School Violence and Bullying
Sadly, our schools are not always the safe haven we’d hope they would be for our children. While many circumstances that lead to school violence are out of school leaders’ and educators’ control, we can empower educators with information to detect behavioral cues that may indicate a child is at risk.Continue Reading
5 Tips for Successful Collaboration Between General & Special Education Teachers
Jim Stovall, International Humanitarian Award recipient and Olympic athlete, once said of teamwork, “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.”Successful CollaborationContinue Reading
3 Surprising Ways to Engage Stakeholders in Evaluating Professional Development (and Ensuring a Quality Evaluation!)
At, Greece Central School District in Rochester, NY, we hired certified trainers to facilitate the 8-day Cognitive Coaching® seminar for all of our teacher leaders. We followed up with monthly collegial circle meetings for them to reflect on their learning, share how coaching sessions were going and practice scenarios with one another to refine their skills. We invited the trainers back for yearly refresher sessions. This program was designed to influence changes in teacher practice and ultimately impact student learning.Continue Reading
Student Liberty and Justice for All
The 4th of July brings a much-needed day for relaxation and remembrance after wrapping up another busy school year. Who isn’t ready for some sunshine, picnics and fireworks? But as we relax and remember, Independence Day gives us yet another opportunity: to reflect on the critical issue of student liberty and how it comes to life in K-12. How are we doing in pursuit of equitable education for all students? How are student liberties balanced against the rights of their communities? How is K-12 changing in the face student protests, systemic racism and illegal immigration? These are not small questions, and they present ample opportunity for civil discourse on all sides. We tackle these issues and more in Issue 3 of The Line.Continue Reading