Students Evaluating Teachers: It’s Time to Ask the Kids…and Then Listen to Them
One day Alan*, a high school student in my special education English class, exclaimed in frustration, “All we ever do in here is read and write!” It was a proud moment for me. A huge compliment. That statement validated for me that I was doing it right, not wasting precious instructional time with frivolous activities.
Same Day – Different Pay: Multiple Pay Scenarios in Schools
You’ve heard the phrase “I wear a lot of hats in my job”, right? Well, that saying definitely captures what it’s like to work in education. Whether you’re looking at a teacher’s daily schedule, an administrator’s responsibilities, or considering the versatility expected of those managing operations; it is amazing how much it takes to make a school district run smoothly.Continue Reading
The Three Little ERPigs (and the Big Bad PR, Audits & Fines)
You’ve heard the age-old story of The Three Little Pigs, but have you heard the one about The Three ERPs?
3 Benefits of Restorative Dialogue for English Learners
In a recent episode of our Field Trip podcast, we talked with Grace Delgado, the Director of Language Acquisition, and Lorin Furlow, the Director of Special Services, of Brazosport Independent School District near Houston, Texas. Grace and Lorin have developed and incorporated restorative practices with ELL classroom tools in a way that is making a profound difference in their school district.Continue Reading
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Why Use the Danielson Framework for Teaching, 2011 and 2013 Editions (Over 2007, That Is)?
When Charlotte Danielson first published the Danielson Framework for Teaching in 1996, her intent was to describe what good teaching was. Over the course of several revisions in 2007, 2011 and 2013, the Framework has provided a common language for discussing teaching practice for a vast number of districts across the country. It also serves as a guide for professional learning over the course of a teacher's entire career.Continue Reading
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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Automate HR (and Why You Should)
If you work in Human Resources for a school system, you know how rewarding the job can be. But you also know how unbelievably busy it can be, too. There’s so much to be done, and not enough time to get to everything.Continue Reading
Fascinating Moments in the History of Professional Learning and Technology
The training of teachers has a long and storied history in America. While earlier efforts were a far cry from today's education programs — not to mention PLCs, online just-in-time learning and cycles of continuous improvement — efforts to help teachers grow in classroom practice predate the Declaration of Independence.Continue Reading
Teacher Absences & Subs
Recruiting Substitute Teachers: A Data-informed Approach
Raise your hand if you think your district has enough substitute teachers. Now wave it all around. The odds that you’re currently sitting at your desk, waving your hand in the air like you just don’t care, are slim to none. And chances are, your goal is to solve the problem by hiring more substitutes. But before you commit to a recruiting strategy, there’s something you should know.Continue Reading
Rekindling Connections Between HR and Finance in Schools: Funding Distribution
While teachers often teach because they love it, and administrators are frequently former teachers who advanced through the ranks, there’s also the necessity to learn and apply business skills to ensure success from classroom to business operations. It’s hard to conceive of this passion-driven operation as a pragmatic company that thrives when students succeed. However, without passion and pedagogy schools revert to just buildings; without solid practices and processes schools become more likely to fail financially (no matter how much love and creativity is fostered under those roofs).Continue Reading
Understanding Section 504
For many educators, understanding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 remains difficult and raises several questions. In this 7-part video series, education law attorney John Comegno of the Comegno Law Group demystifies 504 by walking you through the seven core concepts of successful 504 implementation and compliance that can limit your potential liability.Continue Reading
Districts Benefit from Professional Development Schools in More Ways Than One
A few years ago Dr. George Fiore, superintendent of Kutztown Area School District in Pennsylvania, got together with a few of his colleagues — a handful of superintendents from neighboring districts. They looked around at the education landscape and, like most of the country, saw far fewer college graduates intent on teaching.Continue Reading