August 2013 Archives

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 ...


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 ...


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