emailEvery teacher has been there. It’s 10:30 at night and an envelope icon flashes on the notification bar of your phone, letting you know you just received a new email. Glancing over, you see it’s from a student, panicked about a test the next day, wanting to know if you will cover certain topics. *Sigh*

How can we better manage email communications between school and home? High-school math teacher Robert Ahdoot answers this question in a humorous blog post on SmartBlog on Education. The post, written in the form of an open letter between Ahdoot and email, addresses common email faux pas and offers steps teachers can take to restore sanity and order to their email communications. Here are just a few highlights from the post:

  1. Don’t feel compelled to reply to late-night emails. If parents or colleagues want to email at night, no problem, Ahdoot says, but don’t feel obligated to reply to these messages.
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This post is sponsored by University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business

Thinking of pursuing an Executive MBA degree? Here are a few data points to consider as you explore your options:

  1. Advancement catalysts. Earning an EMBA can fuel career advancement and salary growth. Data from the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC) show that 53% of EMBA graduates received increased responsibility after completing their programs, and 41% reported promotions. EMBA graduates experienced an almost 17% increase in salary and bonus packages from program start to program end. Additionally, The Financial Times reported that 26% of EMBA graduates start their own business during or after the program.

Action item: Evaluate the outcomes and career paths for graduates of your preferred programs.

  1. Program focus. Most EMBA programs offer a general business curriculum, taking a quantitative or qualitative approach to the subject matter. The EMBAC reported that just under half of programs offer specialties or concentrations, such as entrepreneurship, marketing or finance.
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While teachers play an integral role in leading a student to academic success, parents are the driving force that continually support and encourage their children to succeed beyond the classroom. Research shows that when the whole family is involved, teachers gain an invaluable partner in learning and students achieve greater academic and personal success.

But how do schools empower parents to become involved in the education of their children? We’ve seen an unprecedented need for programs that strengthen the school’s bond between educators and parents to foster a supportive environment for students, but schools frequently struggle to get busy parents to visit their classrooms or attend school events. Families in a rural or low-income areas often don’t have time to build social capital or trusting, mutual relationships with the school, preventing them from becoming the valuable partners we so often need in education. The community can help with this.

At Onaga Elementary in Kansas, the same ideas apply to our approach to education and our mission to include parents in the process as much as we can. (read more…)

This year’s ASU GSV Summit, held in San Diego, California, brought together entrepreneurs, ed-tech providers, policy makers, and leaders from leaders from education and industry to network and discuss how technology is shaping learning and instruction. A number of solutions stood out at the event. Here is a roundup of what we saw:

Goennounce is a platform that lets middle- and high-school students create and share an electronic portfolio of their academic and extracurricular achievements. Students build personal pages where they highlight their activities and awards, showcase school projects, and connect with family, peers and mentors. The platform includes a feature allowing students to raise funds for school supplies, clubs and college. See it in action.

Kahoot! is a free platform that lets user design, share and play games. The platform now includes a “Team Mode” feature that lets users play in teams. Kahoot! supports multiple languages and is available on any computing device. (read more…)

21st century skills
Over the next few months, Robert Ahdoot, a high-school math teacher and founder of YayMath.org, will be sharing singular, bite-sized morsels of inspired education strategies. These aim to be juicy, yet easily digestible pieces of teaching wisdom. Enjoy.

To: myemailpractices@anyschoolusa.com
CC: myproductivity@, mywork-life-balance@
BCC: myinnerpeace@
Subject: Some ideas to improve both of us – urgent

Dear email,

I hope it’s OK that I reach out to you about this; it’s been on my mind for a while now. I would do it in person, but well, you know… you’re email.

I’ll say this once, and then we can move forward and figure this out together. I love you. You just need to back off a little.

Sigh. What am I saying? You’re EMAIL. You’re going to do your thing, regardless of what I do. Nevertheless, I’m going to let you know of several high-priority shifts I intend to make within our relationship. (read more…)