The Escondido Union High School District Board voted Tuesday to finalize a contract with a new superintendent, Anne Staffieri, a month after selecting her in closed session during a special meeting.“Selecting the superintendent is one of the most important decisions we make,” School Board President Bill Durney said. “After meeting with Dr. Staffieri, we confirmed that she is qualified. I think we did our job the way we should do our job. If you have someone you know and trust, you want to bring them on board.”Current Superintendent Steve Boyle notified board members during a closed session on March 5 that he will retire in June. Six days later, on March 11, the decided to hire Staffieri, who is currently superintendent of Ramona Unified School District, during a closed session at a special board meeting.On Tuesday, the board approved her contract for $245,975 per year in the new position, with 2.5 percent annual increases, longevity bonuses at five, 10 and 15 … [Read more...] about Escondido High School board hires new superintendent
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By the time he began teaching Japanese at Skyline High School last year, Stephen Arnquist had allegedly been posting his white supremacist views online for years.School districts routinely conduct background checks on prospective teachers and school staff before hiring them. But how likely is it that one of those checks would turn up the kinds of writings that Arnquist is accused of posting online?"Highly unlikely," said Kenneth Trump, a Cleveland-based school safety consultant.Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services, said school districts typically run criminal history checks before hiring new teachers or school support staff. While those checks are generally effective at finding past criminal behavior, they wouldn't help school officials spot racist online posts, he said.Skyline placed Arnquist on administrative leave Thursday after an anti-fascist watchdog website posted a profile alleging he was a member of the white nationalist group Identity Evropa. The … [Read more...] about How Do School Districts Spot Teachers With White Supremacist Views?
Gallery: Coaches supporting first-year educators +10 more photos Hannah Horne circles her first-grade classroom, stopping at each of the five tables to lean in to talk with her students. She asks one student to read out loud the sentence she is writing underneath a bright, hand-drawn picture. She gently pats the back of a student at another table and redirects one who runs up to her, not following directions. While Horne guides her students through their writing lesson, another adult quietly follows her steps, like a shadow. He leans in behind her, watching and listening to what Horne says, offering gentle suggestions or engaging with the students himself. Horne is not being evaluated, but the two will debrief later about the lesson and her teaching methods. The shadow? He is Brent Page, one of Hamilton County Schools' two new-teacher coaches. First year, first challenges The first year of any job is a learning curve. First-year teachers suddenly find themselves in a situation … [Read more...] about How Hamilton County Schools’ new teacher coaches are trying to support first-year educators [photos]
On a recent sweltering morning in a public high school in a dusty town in the central Arizona desert, students in an advanced physics class hovered over beakers and flame-testing dishes.With each experiment, Melvin Inojosa, 29, dressed in teacherly khakis and a bright blue collared golf shirt, bounded between lab tables, sinks, a whiteboard, and his desk, exclaiming “Optics!” “Quantum mechanics!”After the students completed their experiments, it was Inojosa’s turn.“If I catch this place on fire, they will send me back to the Philippines,” he joked as he sprinted to the end of the classroom, away from the 16-year-olds.He lit ethanol in a large jug and stepped back. The jug remained intact, but the chemical reaction within delighted the students with a brief, thunderous explosion.Bam!Inojosa has taught at Vista Grande high school in Casa Grande, Arizona, since 2016. As one of several Filipino teachers employed by the local high school district, … [Read more...] about The Jobs Americans Won’t Take: Casa Grande Among Cities Hiring Filipino Teachers
By KIMBERLY HOUGHTONUnion Leader Correspondent September 04. 2018 8:45PM Teachers gather last week for a district-wide staff meeting at the start of the new school year in Nashua. The Nashua Board of Education recently approved 20 new teachers and two new administrators. (Kimberly Houghton/Union Leader Correspondent) NASHUA — Two new administrators and more than 20 new teachers were officially hired last week to begin the school year. Overall, more than 80 positions have been filled this summer within the Nashua School District after dozens of resignations and reassignments. There are still four vacant positions left, including a speech pathologist, full-time substitute teacher and two school psychologists, according to school officials. Last week, the Board of Education appointed Jason Tesini as the interim principal at Pennichuck Middle School and Richard Simoneau as the assistant principal at Elm Street Middle School. “I am happy to be here,” Simoneau told … [Read more...] about Nashua hires new teachers, school administrators