June 2013 Archives

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 ...


While flipping through the latest HR Magazine, an infographic caught my eye. It related to a conversation I was having only yesterday on rising health insurance costs and the decline in the number of organizations offering employer sponsored insurance (known in the industry as ESI). According to a recently released report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and prepared by researchers from the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center, health insurance costs, organizations' offerings, and employee participation have dramatically changed over the past 10 or so years. Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net user Stuart Miles In ...


I often get asked by school district leaders and other friends in HR to explain the difference between centralized and decentralized organizations and which structure works best. While it is easy to distinguish the characteristics of each type of organization, neither approach is necessarily better than the other. It depends on the life cycle stage, leadership, and strategy of the organization. According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, "centralize" means to cluster or bring around a center, or to concentrate authority or power in a central group. In a centralized organization, all of the "power" or decision-making authority lies with a group or ...


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