Quality Innovation in the News & How It Can Help New School Designers; Plus Quality Trainings
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
From the New School Development Team
FINDING AND KEEPING QUALITY TEACHERS
A recent study of schools in Colorado, Missouri, and South Dakota helped identify the factors that contribute to teacher attrition at schools. High on the list were teacher salary, specialized fields, school rating, and teacher age. Paying attention to these factors and studies like these can help new school developers better understand what teachers want and trying to design their schools around the retention of quality teachers, something vital to a school’s -- especially a new school’s -- success. The study also provides insights into how many of the school districts studied improvised innovative practices in attempts to retain quality teachers. Read more about this study here.
RURAL INNOVATION IN SCHEDULING & PROGRAMMING
One of the arguable characteristics of a quality educational institution is its ability to adapt or use innovative practices to meet the emergent needs of a changing world. Many rural school districts have opted for a shortened school week, a 4-day week, to meet a variety of needs, including an attempt to keep students engaged and allow them an entire day to become immersed in particular learning activities. In fact, more Colorado schools have adopted this 4-day school week than any other state. Read more here and here about how Colorado districts are structuring and managing this, and see how these insights might be able to help you in your own school’s design!
Colorado Springs School District 11 is the first school district in El Paso County to use new technology from the Pikes Peak Library District to enable students to access books and other resources digitally. All of D-11’s nearly 27,000 students are being issued a digital library card this semester, which will allow them to search databases, use eBooks, download songs and movie, access live tutors and online foreign language courses, and listen to audiobooks. Read more about D11’s going digital here.
QUALITY ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
Students at environmental-focused charter schools in South Los Angeles, California, are working to minimize the effects of climate change and feeding their communities at the same time through the Table to Farm Composting Project. The project is based on innovations by The Bay Foundation’s Clean Bay Restaurant program and currently has five local restaurants participating. Environmental Charter Schools (ECS) participate in a waste reduction pilot program that combats methane generated by landfills by connecting restaurants with compost hubs, urban farms, and community gardens for a multifaceted food waste reduction program. ECS High School and ECS Middle School have become compost hubs for the community and their own gardens, building their own bins and raised beds from recycled wood they have collected. Read more about this innovative way to get students involved in saving the environment here.
Quality Upcoming Training Opportunities from the League. Click here to learn more.