It is job-seeking season in education! In the weeks and months ahead, prospective teachers will tidy up their resumes, dust off their best business attire, and prepare to make an impression upon school leaders and/or human resource representatives.
The Michigan education sector is facing a huge crisis with a shortage of quality teachers. There are a few things that come in to play around this issue, but the importance of “first impressions” in your school’s job description is key in seeking quality candidates. You wouldn’t believe how much information is left out of school job description to promote the school’s culture, environment, and desire to bring another amazing educator into the family. Here are some tips on how to structure your job posting, use each position to market your school, and gain a pool of quality candidates that fits your needs.
Over the last week, nominees for the have been submitting their applications for the Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year award . I have had the opportunity to read through many of them and I have seen a common theme running through the applications – empowered teachers.
In 1970, Robert K. Greenleaf, an AT&T executive, coined the phrase servant leadership. Since that time, many people have tried to define servant leadership. But what does it mean to be a servant leader and how can servant leadership impact a classroom and school?
A simple definition of servant leadership involves leading others from a mindset of placing the needs of the organization and the needs of people over the needs and desire of the leader. This is not easy. Many times ego gets in the way of true servant leadership. However, an organization that has a servant as a leader can have wide-reaching impact on the effectiveness of its employees.
Schools are spending valuable resources, time, and money on trying to figure out that one thing; the secret sauce, the silver bullet. Teachers and leaders are working so hard, but are seeing mixed results.
An organization built around the idea of inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders, FIRST, offers students an amazing learning opportunity. But, it also offers a valuable lesson on the pathway to successful innovation far beyond science and technology.
The foundation of FIRST is a concept called Gracious Professionalism. It’s an ideal that suggests fierce competition and mutual gains are not separate notions. FIRST also teaches kids Coopertition®, defined as displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can, leading to unprecedented innovation.
I hate to break it to you, but there is no such thing as work/life balance. There used to be, but not anymore. Just a few years ago, most of us could escape and remain disconnected from the office for hours at a time. But that’s not the case in today’s hectic, technology filled life.
Today, our personal and work lives are so intertwined you can’t separate the two. Smartphones, tablets, cloud access to data and social media have tied us to school when we are at the grocery store, in waiting rooms, and at the kitchen table. We are connected 24 hours a day! Managing life and work it is not a matter of balance; it’s a matter of efficiency of time.
Over the last 6 years, MAPSA, Michigan’s charter school association has implemented a teacher incentive fund grant titled the Teacher Excellence & Academic Milestones for Students (TEAMS) project. In partnership with Innovators in Education, MAPSA has coordinated a number of experiential learning trips across the nation to for Detroit school leaders to visit some of the top performing and truly innovative charter schools that are beating the odds. The latest trip was to the windy city to tour some of the top schools in Chicago.
In 2008, the Michigan Wolverines finished the season 3-9. Short of a spike in 2011, the program teetered around five hundred for years, showing anything but consistency in performance. In 2014, the team finished with a record of 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten, cementing a low point in the program.
In 2008, the Washington Huskies finished with a record of 0-12. This was followed by years of seeking out winning records by only a game with signs that the tipping point was coming, but still finishing with a 7-6 record in 2015.
The new ESSA guidelines solidified student growth as part of measuring school performance. As Michigan looks to determine the perfect assessment to accomplish this, the value of this growth measure still provokes some debate.
Is there a one size fits all growth measure that reflects the performance of schools serving students at all levels? Simply put. Yes. But only if we are willing to look at how we measure growth differently.