Is your faculty evaluation system based on showing up in the classroom for observation? Is it something your faculty dreads? And does it truly give you a picture of how each teacher impacts the students—and the school? Summer is a great time to really examine just HOW you make sure your faculty members are delivering your mission and contributing to your school culture.
Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov (Amazon.com $16.34)
This is the product of a decade of research going into classrooms and videotaping teacher practice. Don't expect high-sounding theory or clever philosophy. Lemov states that his litmus test is whether students sit up and pay attention to a teacher, and then do well academically (are prepared well for college). Great teachers, he says, do these things.
The suicide of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince—attributed to relentless, vicious bullying by a group of fellow students—has once again put an exclamation point on a problem that is rampant with youth today. In the Prince case, the community has been torn apart—citizens demanding justice for Phoebe, the police attempting to conduct a thorough investigation while they simmered, indictments for the alleged bullies, parents being charged, and fingers pointed at the high school's faculty and staff who knew of the bullying.
Just a big iPod Touch. Just a big iPhone. Just a big gaming device. And that name. You are probably hearing all these things about the latest release from Apple, the iPad—the company's new e-tablet. But just walk into an Apple retail store (if you can manage to get in—even at the height of the recession, the place was always mobbed), wait your turn, and then belly up to one of the dozen or more iPads on display.
Dollars are tight and parents have more public options for their kids in the form of charter and magnet schools. For families on the fence—those who are evaluating if your school is "worth it"—a quality advisory program is a clear difference-maker.
We are at the height of faculty recruitment season … and you will be selecting candidates, conducting interviews, and making your choices for the next academic year. Yes, you are looking for the most mission-appropriate teachers for your school—but did you know that some seemingly innocent, "get to know you" questions can be illegal in terms of the hiring laws?
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