"This book offers insights useful to several audiences, and is likely to contribute to the successful integration and retention of new student affairs professionals."--The Review of Higher Education
Effective socialization of new student affairs professionals is essential--both for the individual success of these practitioners, and for the work of a college or university that promotes student learning. It enables new professionals to manage the important personal and professional transitions they experience throughout their careers, engage in continuous professional development, and achieve high levels of productivity. It also counteracts the high attrition rate among new hires, with all the attendant costs to the institution in terms of resources spent on recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and developing staff talent.
The socialization process for new professionals includes formal and informal elements that influence both success and quality of work life. This book defines the concept, explains its value, offers a model of socialization and examines the institutional context in which the socialization of new professionals occurs, describing how different institutional types influence the socialization process.
Educators know they must incorporate skills for the global economy, adapt to diverse learning styles, and employ technology. But what about our physical spaces? How can or should they change to reflect 21st Century teaching models? Walk with the group behind one of America’s most recognized school redesign projects and discover how to design both “thinking” and “learning” spaces. Throughout this book, educators will: Reflect upon their craft and role in 21st Century education Consider their views about Generation Z, technology, and global skills Discover design principles to help establish tech-embedded learning environments Craft a scalable plan
Steve Perry is like no other educator you’ve ever met. He “gets it.” He understands why some parents are downright panicked about what’s going on in their kids’ classrooms, and how other parents, whose kids supposedly attend the “good” schools, still fear that their children are falling behind. As Principal of one of the best performing schools in America -- one that sends 100% of its mostly minority students to four-year colleges -- Perry delights in poking the system. Present him with a “truth” about how education is supposed to work and – count on it – he’ll show it to be false.
Dictatorial teacher’s unions despise Steve Perry. So do lazy teachers. So do entrenched, unimaginative school boards. So do reactionary “curriculum guardians” who – as a lure to get kids reading – cling to the same old stodgy texts.
“That’s okay,” say Perry. That means he’s making a difference. In this book, his priority is to help kids who don’t have the advantage of going to his school, Capital Prep. He wants to save your kid, and the kid next door, and the kid down the street from getting a typical third-rate American education.
If you’re a parent who has worried recently about how depressed your child seems when he dresses for school in the morning…or how little of what happens during the school day seems to sink into her brain… or how much of your child’s homework is busywork, you need this book.
If you’re a teacher who is putting your heart and soul into the job but are surrounded by colleagues who are “phoning it in,” you need this book.
If you’re a committed, forward-thinking principal who wants to get rid of the faculty bad apples, but are continually stymied by Mafia-style teachers-unions, you need this book.
*If you’re a citizen who worries about the $1 trillion-plus GDP loss that America suffers every year because our system of education doesn’t measure up, you need this book.
In this solution-oriented manifesto, Steve Perry covers the full range of issues holding back today’s students. He shows parents how to find great teachers (and get rid of the bad ones)…how to make readers out of kids who hate to read…how to make the school curriculum thrilling rather than sleep-inducing…how to conduct an all-important education “home audit”… how to “e-organize” if school boards and administrators aren’t getting the message…how to build a “school of the future,” and much more.
The era of third-rate education is over. Steve Perry isn’t going to let the fools and scoundrels get away with it any longer. Push has come to shove!
From the Hardcover edition.
While some may argue that cell phones are necessary in today's school setting, others would suggest they are disruptive. While some may argue The Catcher in the Rye should be banned, others may say it is essential reading for American students. More recently, some schools have banned all of the Harry Potter books from their library shelves. Few would argue that a ban on weapons is a bad thing, but who determines what should be considered a weapon? In some schools, restrictions are placed on Web access, but who decides what to allow and what not to allow? Where do the lines get drawn? Here, Thomas reviews the many areas of censorship in our schools and helps readers draw their own conclusions.
The present and the future will see the need for both financial and managerial accounting. One type will not overshadow the other. Both will continue to evolve and develop to satisfy the needs of society and the education community. Financial and managerial accounting together can be thought of as the process that gathers, produces, organizes, and presents information that can be consumed by a wide variety of users for the purpose of keeping an organization operating, growing, improving, and changing. This book and CD will be useful to superintendents, school business managers, and principals.
In light of the need to keep SBOs up-to-date on many issues in the ever changing world of Education Law, this volume is divided into two parts. The first section deals with issues that primarily impact on the management of schools while the second deals with the rights of students and teachers. More specifically, each of the chapters is designed to examine a specific area about which SBOs need information. While no single book can ever hope to cover all of the myriad of legal topics that SBOs and other educational leaders must master in their professional lives, this book will serve as an up-to-date and ready source of information to help keep them abreast of the many changes in the ever evolving area of School Law.
Chapters begin with a section called Learning with Intentionality, as defined as an intense energy or desire to grow exponentially, followed by a personal application of Caring with Intentionality. Chapters 2 – 7 include a leadership self-assessment utilizing the ISLLC Standards and conclude with growth activities. Depending on their leadership roles, the readers can select activities best suited to grow performance from present realities to ideal conditions for learning. The reader is then encouraged to design a personal Action Plan that takes into account knowledge from each chapter, strategies for growing performance with intentionality, and self-assessment results. Finally, each chapter includes websites, resources, and activities to improve leadership.
School budgets, regardless of geography, follow state procedures for both development and final approval. These perfunctory tasks include putting a budget on display for viewing – receipt of public comment and a vote. What this book seeks to provide are ideas for incorporating ongoing community discussion and dialogue on the budget process. This book additionally provides insight and information unto the budget process that drives all school decisions.
Transform outdoor spaces into learning environments where children can enjoy a full range of activities as they spend quality time in nature. This book is filled with guidance to help you plan, design, and create an outdoor learning program that is a rich, thoughtfully equipped, natural extension of your indoor curriculum. Loaded with practical and creative ideas, it also includes information to help you
Understand how outdoor classrooms benefits children’s learning and development
Collaborate with other teachers, administrators, and families to make your outdoor classroom a reality
Create development and action plans to strategize and implement changes
Evaluate your outdoor environment, program, and practices
Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms promotes the idea that if you can do it indoors, you can probably do it outside as well.
Eric Nelson is the founder and director of Child Care Planning Associates, the consulting and training division of the Child Educational Center, Caltech/JPL Community, which he established with his wife in 1979. Eric's consulting specialties include building and playground design and renovation, child care needs assessment and feasibility studies, development of employer-related child care, and staff training and development. Eric’s understanding of the value of the outdoors is grounded in a lifetime of hiking his beloved Sierra Nevada Mountains in California since he was a young child.
In its second edition, this comprehensive handbook has been updated to capture recent developments in the politics of education, including Race to the Top and the Common Core State Standards, and to address the changing role politics play in shaping and influencing school policy and reform. Detailed discussions of key topics touch upon important themes in educational politics, helping leaders understand issues of innovation, teacher evaluation, tensions between state and federal lawmakers over new reforms and testing, and how to increase student achievement. Chapter authors also provide suggestions for improving the political behaviors of key educational groups and individuals with the hope that an understanding of political goals, governance processes, and policy outcomes may contribute to ongoing school reform.
This book will help the new teacher learn the inter-workings of school relationships, acquire classroom management strategies, learn effective parent communication techniques, gain knowledge of how to conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism, become aware of vital school ethics expectations, learn how to create a positive learning environment, and become aware of how social networking can effect teaching and professionalism. This book will save teachers many hours of preparation and will help them avoid many embarrassing situations.
Studies applied on children with Attention Deficit Disorder have shown that emotions, particularly associated with metacognitive abilities, have a very important role in helping them develop cognitive patterns and assimilate information, so why do we insist in medication? But more importantly, why doesn’t the educational system changes? This system has been created to promote a governmental ideal for our society, therefore, everything that is implied for our children and young adults to learn matches this paradigm. Those that resist fitting such model will not be praised as educational movies tend to show, but rather ridiculed, discriminated and rejected. This applies to both teachers and students, in which one fears being differentiated by grades and the other fears being differentiated by pears and lose a job.
Not much do we really have to say about teaching methodology and ideals, apart from the fact that, all the theories about it, are promoted but never applied, not even by those promoting them. Not many Teachers are able to recognize they are failing or acknowledge it without a high dose of frustration. More dramatic yet, is to notice the huge amount of educational professionals that actually believe they are teaching whatsoever. Schools and Universities create a vast and deep illusion in which there are those believing they are learning and those believing they are teaching. As a matter of fact, anyone can be a teacher, but not many teachers can admit such thing. If all you do is request that a student opens his book, read it and then replicate the right answer described when answering questions that the same book is already predicting, then, as a teacher, you’re not more useful than a sports coach demanding twenty pushups. Nevertheless, we keep firing teachers that refuse to cooperate with the system, teachers believing that is not in the classroom that education happens, that spend time with their students, answer their emails and share their perspectives about life. On the other hand, can these teachers be respected by their own students, while demonstrating such attention and care? Experience has shown that this is not the case. Especially in modern times, is very easy to take a picture, film and record a teacher doing whatsoever, inside or outside a classroom, and then publish it on internet in just a few seconds.
You may be the best teacher on earth, but if you’re caught picking your nose or flirting with another teacher, and especially with a student, your career will be destroyed by rumors in less than one week, rumors that often amplify 200% more any given fact, transforming a lie into a well-accepted truth.
In the academic environment, a rumor is more important than a fact and nobody cares about facts when rumors match overall believes. This said, the educational system is not only a representation of our modern society as well as it is a very bad example to that same society obeying it. This same society should be creating it.
The structure of the educational system hasn’t change, but people have, and with that change education lost its value and utility. In current times, if you ask a Teacher about what qualifies him to teach, the answer will very likely be: “I have a PhD/Masters degree!”
The follow-up question must be: What if you didn’t? Can a paper certify the quality of a Teacher? The answer is “definitely not” but most of those working within the system aren’t aware of such fact, which is completely distinct from what happens in the business world, where quality is a very important factor allowing the prediction of efficiency and leading to success.
If teachers are measured mostly by the amount of publications they have, there’s not any significant value to add to classroom teaching performance.
A teacher is a leader of future leaders, so he must give the example through a performance that we see as ideal to a new world, not the world we want or believe, but the world that should exist, a world reigned by mutual-respect, human rights and peace; a world where humanity is the basic and ultimate law and no single government can be above individual rights. That world desperately needs people that think efficiently, know how to analyze information they receive and are creative, with a positive and humanitarian approach that recognizes the whole human race as one interdependent synergy above borders and nationalities, or even cultures.
This is what this book is all about, helping teachers and education experts understand the reality of a world that needs to balance and readjust itself into an order, a natural order of being and expanding in conscience.