Today, Gallup released its latest findings around teacher engagement, based on survey data collected between January and December 2012. In the article "In U.S., Newer Teachers Most Likely to Be Engaged at Work," Shane Lopez and Preety Sidhu discuss how years of experience affect workplace engagement. In their work, Gallup defines "engaged" employees as, "those who are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and contribute to their organization in a positive manner." In their explanation of the findings, summarized below, data show's that new teachers are the most engaged in their job, and that engagement drops ...


As an alumna of The Ohio State University and an individual involved in the surrounding community, I was recently invited to a dinner hosted by the university's Institute for Civic Engagement to speak with incoming freshman about their hopes, dreams, and goals related to college, work, volunteerism, and life. After some introductory conversation, I asked the group at my table if finding a job after graduation was an important factor in selecting a major. While they had all chosen different areas of study--engineering, dentistry, finance, hospitality management, neuroscience, and more--I was surprised to hear every student say, "Yes." Image courtesy ...


Today, the nonprofit Education Pioneers released The Invisible Lever: A Profile of Leadership and Management Talent in Education, an analysis of the current state of leadership in K-12 public education. The report offers three major findings developed using survey responses from more than 1,300 alumni of the organization's Graduate and Analyst Fellowship programs, as well as other data and research from across the country. Education Pioneers' fellowship programs recruit law, policy, education, and business graduate students for internships working with school district staff on special projects, performing academic, financial, human capital, or operational data analysis, and more. Findings from ...


Retaining the best and brightest employees is critical to the success of any organization. A recent article from Compdata Consulting, "Engaging Your All-Stars: How Successful Companies Retain Their Top Performers," explains that a key to keeping top performers, or "All-Stars," is increasing employee engagement and developing programs that make it easier for employees to be successful. They identify high performers as: "...more productive than the average employee. They are self-motivated workers who don't settle for simply attaining the goal. These employees are adaptable, consistent, and reliable. You can trust they'll be able to adjust to new or different situations without ...


According to a recent survey conducted by the large consulting firm Mercer, employers are planning to increase salaries by an average of 2.9 percent in 2014. The survey targeted 1,500 mid and large size companies from 14 industries which employ approximately 10 percent of the U.S. civilian workforce. While it can be challenging to compare salary trends from a large company to those in schools, the data does provide an important barometer for K-12 Talent Managers to consider as discussions continue around educator compensation in districts and states across the country. While a 2.9 percent increase ...


Around the world, 1.6 billion Muslims are observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan by fasting without food or water from dawn to sunset. Many also increase their salat (prayers), Quranic recitation, and charitable giving. For talent managers, this is a perfect opportunity to review your organization's policies and practices protecting employees of all faiths in the workplace. Not only can well-designed workplace diversity policies help increase productivity and job satisfaction, they can help employers stay legally compliant. Among the major legislation to keep in mind is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is enforced ...


As a follow-up to my post, Court Decisions Challenge Legality of Unpaid Internships, here is a bit of information for those interested on what qualifies as an internship and what doesn't. The Department of Labor (DOL) is the federal body that enforces more than 180 employment laws in the United States, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH); Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA); and many more. The DOL website includes a wealth of resources about these and other labor issues. Specifically, the department offers guidance about "Internship ...


It's not unusual for college students to pursue an unpaid internship to build experience in hopes of gaining a fulltime position upon graduation. In fact, Intern Bridge, a research firm, estimates that more than 500,000 undergraduate students participate in unpaid internships yearly. While Intern Bridge did not assign a cost to this labor, it's easy to estimate that if 500,000 interns work fulltime for nine weeks at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, it equates to more than $1.3 billion in "free" work for their employers. However, a recent court case, Glatt v. Fox ...


On June 18, the American Medical Association (AMA) classified obesity as a disease that could receive medical treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 18 percent of children age two through nineteen and 35.7 percent of adults are "obese." As obesity rates have risen dramatically in the past 20 years, many organizations have become involved in working to educate and prevent obesity as well as assist individuals who are looking for help when it comes to losing weight. In a statement that appeared in a Today Health article by the AMA, the organization explained, "More ...


Over the past three years, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has lead some of the most influential work around multiple measures in education through their Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, a partnership of more than 3,000 public school teachers who voluntarily opened up their classrooms to researchers. The study looked at three measures: value-added analysis, evaluation, and student surveys with the purpose of investigating "better ways to identify and develop effective teaching" as well as "help teachers and school systems close the gap between their expectations for effective teaching and what is actually happening in classrooms." Participating districts ...


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