May 2012 Archives

Melanie Wightman, a School Improvement Specialist at Battelle for Kids, contributed to this post. Melanie works with teachers and principals to understand connections between fostering student growth and implementing the Common Core State Standards. Melanie has been in education since 1975 and believes that while children make up about 23 percent of the U.S. population, they are 100 percent of our future! Next to evaluation, NCLB waivers, Race to the Top, and performance pay, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are one of the most highly discussed topics in education in 2012. While many write about the associated costs, ...


Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to Singapore to visit schools and learn about the country's education system. I took away some interesting insights from local education leaders around K-12 talent management and human capital. For example, I had a brief conversation with a Singaporean principal about employee attrition. A common belief is that the fewer employees that leave an organization the better. However, while the principal did not wish to lose people, he recognized that there are different types of attrition or turnover. He also noted that at times, turnover can be good for an organization as ...


In a previous mailbag post, I responded to a question about how some of the best HR departments in education are approaching educator evaluations. To continue with the evaluation theme, another reader, Ben, recently asked: "Emily - When it comes to the "How" of implementing a teacher evaluation system, and ensuring that the process is as efficient and manageable as possible for principals and other admin staff, it seems that a technology component is necessary. The ability for principals to input observation data on a tablet or mobile device, and then the ability to quickly compile the numbers into reports ...


I have written many posts on motivation and rewards in my tenure as an Education Week blogger. The basic principle behind any rewards program is recognizing a job well done, which is the mission behind Teacher Appreciation Week. May 7-11 educators, parents, students, and millions of other Americans are celebrating the contributions of teachers across the country. All week, I have read fantastic stories about teachers making a difference and come across many opportunities to recognize exceptional teachers. While compensation is often the focus of conversations around rewarding educators, rewards can come in all shapes and sizes. Cards, appreciation days/weeks,...


On April 26, 2012, I posted a blog entry titled "HR Can Help Detect and Prevent Fraud" that discussed how HR departments and other school district leaders could create processes and policies to prevent fraud using resources from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and similar professional organizations. I explained that while cases of fraud in business often get much of the attention, school districts are not exempt from this crime. As an example, I referenced a past incident in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) where ...


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