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Did you know that this week (October 20th - 26th) is National Save for Retirement Week? I didn't, until surfing Twitter this morning! Learning of this campaign reminded me that on October 1, the Teacher Insurance and Annuity Association - College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) released its second annual Financial Advice Survey results. What better time to share the findings? The survey was conducted by an independent research firm between August 28 and September 2, 2013 of a national sample of 1,000 individuals 18 years and older. Respondents provided information around their preferences, behaviors, and attitudes when it comes ...


Let's take a moment to imagine a world in which people not only "get" math... but love math. Where would we be as educators? As individuals? As a workforce? As an economy? As a country? My seventh grade math teacher, Louanne Dorne, was a wonderful woman. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer, but she still came to work every day with a passion for her students and a commitment to teaching. She did everything to make sure we stayed engaged even if that meant taking off her wig and telling jokes to make us laugh. She made me look ...


The New York Times called 2012 the "Year of the MOOC," or Massive Online Open Courses for those of us just learning the lingo. The Society of Human Resource Management recently featured a large article in their August issue on the future of MOOCs. And, the headline of an article in TIME Magazine last year asked, "Will Massive, Open Online Courses Revolutionize Higher Education?" Even Gallup is asking university presidents and faculty across the United States for their views on the issue. MOOCs have been gaining in popularity over the past three years. These massive online courses are usually free; ...


Several leading business consulting firms, including WorldatWork, Mercer, the Hay Group, and The Conference Board, are predicting an average increase of more than 3 percent in base pay for U.S. workers this year. According to the WorldatWork Salary Budget Survey, U.S. workers will see an average base pay increase of 3.1 percent in 2013-14. Kerry Chou, senior compensation practice leader at WorldatWork, shared that this would be the first time since 2008 that the average increase is above 3 percent. Chou added that salary budgets are only slowly starting to improve and that organizations need to focus ...


On Wednesday, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and Gallup released the results of their 45th annual Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, which offers interesting insights about the public's views on a variety of issues, from education funding to teacher performance to school safety. For decades, PDK and Gallup have asked Americans to grade the public schools in their community as well as the nation's public schools as a whole. This year, a record 53 percent of respondents gave the schools in their communities an A or B, while most people rate the nation's schools as just average, ...


This following guest post was written by Dr. Jared Bigham, the Director of College & Career Readiness with Tennessee SCORE, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education. He is a former elementary and high school principal in Tennessee. For more information on his work, you can follow him on Twitter at: @JaredBigham. One of the most critical positions in education today is that of the principal. This has always been an important role. However, with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, new state and federal accountability laws, and other policy changes in recent years, the job has evolved to encompass ...


"It is practically a business truism that the HR function is not well respected at many organizations." -KPMG, Rethinking Human Resources in a Changing World Let's face it. Human Resources is not usually at the top of the list of favorite departments in any organization, in any industry. Our field is largely misunderstood, undervalued, and in some cases, lacking trust. I often see eyes roll when I tell people I'm an HR person. Whatever the reason for this image problem, it is important that we work to fix it. Consulting giant KPMG recently released a report, Rethinking Human Resources in ...


In my last post, I shared results from the UnitedHealth report, Doing Good is Good For You: 2013 Health and Volunteering Study, which revealed some important connections between volunteerism and personal and professional success. Volunteerism can also be a powerful tool for K-12 Talent Managers in selecting, developing, and retaining staff. Based on my experience as an HR professional and leader of a nonprofit organization for more than 20 years, here are eight ways talent managers can use volunteer-service to strengthen their organizations. 1. Select: We know that volunteer service impacts health and well-being, so look for staff who have ...


I will be one of the first people to tell you that volunteering is good for your body, mind, and soul. I owe much of my drive, creativity, problem-solving skills, and success to the years I've spent as a volunteer, as well as the people who taught me the value of giving back. A recent study by Harris Interactive shows this strong connection between volunteering and personal well-being. In a survey of more than 3,300 adults on behalf of UnitedHealth Group, Harris found that of the people who volunteered in the past year, 94 percent said it improved their ...


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