It’s Professional Development Season! Our Summer Institute workshops are heating up, and other ISM leaders are preparing for Advancement Academy and the Business and Operations Academy. Still, we know many readers won’t have the opportunity to join us on the East Coast for in-person education and networking. In the interest of including you in the professional development festivities, The Source asked the ISM Consultants for book recommendations for your personal edification this summer.
It’s been a rough year for the Boston Latin School (BLS). Considered one of the top public schools in the greater Boston area, BLS is currently under federal investigation for allegations of racism unveiled by the student-created #BlackatBLS social media campaign. Surrounded by the racial tension, graduate Phillip Sossou decided to do something about it.
So, he drew 411 charcoal portraits—one for each member of the graduating class.
The seemingly logical next step for many newly graduated high school students would be entering higher education in time for their freshman fall semester. However, not every student is prepared to take that immediate jump into heavier study commitments—or mature enough to appreciate the investment a college education entails.
Enter “gap years:” an extended break between the end of high school schooling and entry into college. Such breaks are becoming more popular in the United States. In fact, even Malia Obama, eldest daughter of President Obama, is taking a year to discover her professional passions before attending Harvard University.
Time away from the classroom could have a profound impact on students’ academic careers—good or bad. Let’s take a look at some of the positive and negative points of gap years.
Continuing education for professionals in every industry keeps employees in the know with the latest-and-greatest tools and techniques, increasing their worth to their employers while keeping morale high. In fact, it’s so important, most states require their licensed teachers to pursue formal continuing education after their initial certification! While the recent recession may have cut into professional development budgets a few years ago, a recent report shows employers’ renewed emphasis on the importance of continuing education for their employees.
Last year, we wrote about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed changes in salary for exempt employees. To summarize: Employees are “exempt” from overtime pay and minimum wage laws if their job duties classify them as “bona fide executive, administrative, professional and outside sales employees” who make a salary of at least $445 per week ($24,500 annually). The rule proposal may bump the minimum salary requirement to $50,440 per year, or $970 weekly. Professionals who make less than that would become eligible for overtime pay.
However, groups have begun organizing against this rule change. They argue that the new regulations would place an undue financial burden on nonprofits and smaller companies that would not benefit either employees or organizations. As we look ahead to the coming debates, some breathing space for your nonprofit school may be on the horizon.
When beloved members of school communities choose to retire after decades of loyal service, most would be satisfied a small party with cake and a card filled with handwritten, heartfelt sentiments. But when a security guard at the Hockaday School retired after thirty years on the job, his school community spontaneously came together to offer a fitting farewell to the man who had guarded its students: A check for $185,000.
Photo credit to The Scoop/Dallas News
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