Google Education Leadership Symposium In Lee’s Summit – News – Examiner – Independence, Mo

The event was designed to bring education leaders together to showcase how technology can increase student engagement, help students achieve in school and prepare students for future careers. Lees Summit district staff members presented the symposiums keynote focusing on high-level vision and districtwide strategies, as well as the technology devices and professional development supporting these goals. Keynote speakers were Superintendent David McGehee, Associate Superintendent Kevin Daniel, Executive Director of Technology Amy Gates and Director of Instructional Technology Kevin Whaley. Other administrators and educators from approximately 40 other school districts dicussed how to: increase student engagement, including where technology can and cant help; provide for differientiated, anytime/anywhere learning; understand best practices for implementing technology initiatives from both the curriculum and technology perspectives; implement a successful device pilot program, including device selection, professional development and other criteria. During the summer, the district is adding 3,000 Google Chromebooks to its schools, bringing a district-wide total of 7,000 Google devices. Teachers use the Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education for instruction and collaborate with their co-workers, plus share teaching strategies and lesson plans.
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Florida Sheriff’s Association Names New Board Leadership

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will serve as Chair of the Florida Sheriffs Taskforce, which pools resources from the 67 Sheriffs Offices to address specific areas of concern, such as cyber sexual predators, outstanding felony warrants and underage alcohol, tobacco and drug use. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri (Pinellas) will serve as legislative chair and lead the associations public safety and legislative issues. The new chairman of the board is Sheriff Mike Adkinson (Walton), who will also serve as training and education chair. Sheriff Shoar was selected as president because of his extensive experience in various roles within law enforcement and service to FSA as chair and treasurer, said FSA Executive Director Steve Casey. He brings nearly 40 years of law enforcement and military experience, a highly successful tenure as a leader, as well as many honors and awards. Sheriff David Shoar joined the St. Johns County Sheriffs Office in 2004 when he was overwhelmingly elected as St. Johns County Sheriff and has subsequently been re-elected in 2008 and 2012.
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House Approves Border Security Spending Bill, 223-189 : The Two-way : Npr

ET. In an attempt to weigh in on an immigration issue before Congress leaves Washington for a five-week break, the House has voted 223-189 to approve a $694 million emergency funding bill. The Republican-backed legislation is a response to the rising number of minors who have crossed the U.S. border unaccompanied and without going through the necessary legal steps. The Border Security Supplemental Spending Bill was endorsed one day after the House Republican leadership canceled its plan to hold a vote on the legislation. The bill is not expected to have a chance of passage in the Senate, which didn’t approve a different version of similar legislation before it left for an end-of-summer break. As we reported Thursday , the bill would boost “funding for overwhelmed border agencies, add immigration judges and detention space, send National Guard troops to the border, and change the law so that the youths can be sent home quickly without deportation hearings that are now guaranteed, according to The Associated Press.” Also on Friday, the House voted 216-192 to end the president’s deportation relief program. The Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program gives officials discretion to defer the deportation of people who entered the U.S.
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Daniel Sunjata, Kate Jennings Grant And More Will Join Blythe Danner In Broadway’s Country House – Playbill.com

Produced in association with the Geffen Playhouse , opening night on Broadway is scheduled for Oct. 2. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan directs. Joining previously announced Tony and Emmy Award winner Blythe Danner will be Kate Jennings Grant (The Lyons, Proof), Eric Lange (The Bridge, Weeds), David Rasche (Regrets Only, Speed-the-Plow), Sarah Steele (Slowgirl, Speech and Debate) and Tony nominee Daniel Sunjata (“Graceland, Take Me Out ). “But when the weekend takes an unexpected turn, everyone is forced to improvise inciting a series of simmering jealousies, a flurry of romantic outbursts and a bout of passionate soul-searching.” Inspired by Chekhov’s pastoral comedies, the production marks playwright Margulies’ 10th play for MTC. The Country House was commissioned by MTC through the U.S. Trust New American Play Commissioning Program. The play received a world premiere co-production by Geffen Playhouse and Manhattan Theatre Club at Geffen Playhouse in June. The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Rita Ryack (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Obadiah Eaves (sound design), Peter Golub (original music) and Thomas Schall (fight director). For subscription information visit http://www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com. Single tickets will go on sale via Telecharge.com Aug. 14 and at the Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street) on Aug.
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Simple Tricks And Tips On Managing Your Time

We all have hectic lives these days, what with jobs, personal pursuits and family life. Time management can seem to be uncontrollable. This is not the real case though. With helpful advice, like what you are about to read, time management can be a lot easier than you may think.

Staying a day ahead of schedule at all times is an excellent way to manage your time. If you can, plan your activities for the following day ahead of time. Drafting tomorrow’s to-do list the night before is a smart tactic. In this way, you will be ready to work right off the bat the next day.

If you desire better time management, use a calendar. Lots of folks still like paper calendars on which they can scribble. An electronic calendar may better suit you though. Whichever one you like better, using calendars can help you remember much more easily.

When making yourself a schedule, plan in times for interruptions. Refrain from taking calls or texts while you work. By planning for interruptions, it’s easy to stay on the right path.

If you struggle with managing time, try boosting individual task focus. Do not try to do more than one task at once. The quality of your work can suffer if you’re trying to do too many tasks at once. Focus on doing one project at a time.

Prioritize your list of things to do. Many times, unimportant tasks can consume most of your day. By ranking each task in terms of importance, it gives you an idea of where to focus a great deal of energy, and lets you complete the most important tasks. List the task facing you on a particular day. Give some thought to how important each one of them is, and start with the most vital ones first.

When you’re busy doing something important, ignore calls and messages. It can be hard to find your focus if you allow yourself to be interrupted. Return phone calls, instant messages and texts when you finish the task.

Give your schedule a good look over. Is there something you can cut? Are there tasks you can share with others? It is important to learn how to delegate. This allows you to focus your time on something else.

Know that you really can’t do everything. It’s not possible to do this. About 20 percent of your efforts produce 80 percent of your results. Do your best to get as much done as possible, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t get to everything.

Start by creating a to-do list for today and then put the items in order of priority. Work on the next task when you finish one of them. Be sure to keep a copy of your list with you lest you forget some of your duties.

Clearly, despite your busy lifestyle, you really can manage time properly. These tips, along with positive thinking, will help you control your time. Be sure to apply these tips as needed.

Use These Ideas To Become A Great Leader

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It’s not simple to determine what being a good leader means. You must know the qualities of a respectable leader and be disciplined enough to carry out everything the right way. You need to know what to do, but also why.

As much as possible, keep it simple. Identify what really matters to you. It is only after focusing on these goals that you can adjust their priorities. Try to simplify the things that need to be done as much as you’re able to. Also, you should give yourself and others time to think things through.

It is important for a leader to be honest. A leader that’s effective will need to be trustworthy as well. Being honest and trustworthy are important skills for any leader. It is only when people are positive that they can trust you that they will look up to you as a real leader.

Let others know about possible problems. In the past, it was common to keep problems under wraps, but modern leaders know not to do this. What’s the reason? It is important to communicate nowadays. The issue will become common knowledge pretty much no matter what you do. It’s better to be the one in control instead of the one simply reacting. This is the path great leaders take.

Try your best to be an approachable leader. Some people think that leaders should be intimidating. It is not a good strategy, however; it only makes your team dislike you. Be kind, caring and compassionate instead.

Deceitful and devious behavior will not win you any friends. If you want to be trusted as a leader, it is essential that you live up to your promises. If you boast about the great service your company provides, then be sure that everyone working for you recognizes what they need to do in order to provide it.

Always set goals for everyone in your company. Having goals is important to everyone. True leaders know how to make these goals an incentive for success. Be sure not to set up goals and then leave them alone. Always focus on these goals during meetings and demand accountability for their success from yourself and your team.

Setting high goals for the team is a good thing as long as you make sure the goals are not unreachable. Doing so can set your team on the road to failure. Giving your team unreachable goals does not make you a good leader.

How are things going within your team? A small group of team members could be asked to join in these reflections. They can offer suggestions and you can discuss everything.

Keep your eye on everything as a whole at all times. Have a good grasp of your own personal goals. Also know exactly what the goals of your business are. You should strive for alignment and perhaps overlap when it comes to personal and business objectives. It is always wise to strive to attain both simultaneously. If this is not possible, you may lack enthusiasm for your work.

Don’t let your mistakes get the best of you. Mistakes are inevitable, but use them as lesson to move you forward. You can get great results if you apply the tips you just read. Leadership means being confident in your ability to teach others and being there when they need you.

Take Charge Of Your Life With These Top Leadership Tips

A leader knows a great deal about serving people, and this takes a bunch of different qualities. You can learn the skills you need to become a helpful and productive leader by reading this article. You may learn a couple of things from this.

Let your team know what you expect. Use your values to drive your team’s experience. You must help team members figure our their roles and be able to see the much bigger picture. This will also help you find a direction and build stronger connections within your team.

If you’re trying to increase your leadership skills, a good place to start is with honesty. A leader will always try to lead with righteousness. People will notice your honestly and respect it. Subordinates will also be influenced to be more honest as well.
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It’s essential to remain ethical when you deal with customers and employees. In order for your business to be successful in the long-term, being ethical is key. When your team knows you are to be trusted, they will do a better job for you. Developing moral responsibilities for the employees, you can be sure rules are followed.

You don’t want to have an attitude in which you feel you know everything. You probably have some solid ideas you think highly of, but remember that others around you also have ideas to contribute. They will give you some tips on how to improve your leadership strategies and correct your mistakes.

To be a good business leader, you should never lower your morals just to compete. If the competition is doing something that makes you uncomfortable, find an alternative to compete. You do not have to copy to remain in the game. If you’re able to figure out new ways to compete with them, you’ll be happier with the decision you made.

Don’t do anything dishonest or shady. Follow through with all of the promises you make to be trusted as a leader. If you boast about the great service your company provides, then be sure that everyone working for you recognizes what they need to do in order to provide it.

Hire a diverse group of people to help build your business. Diversity in your team can give you wider perspectives. Try not to hire employees who are all the same as you. Doing so stifles innovation. This can be a downfall to any business because of the lack of different ideas.

Look for synergy whenever possible. Know what your own personal goals require. You should also have a clear idea of your business goals. There should be good alignment and maybe even overlap between them. Always strive for working towards what’s simultaneously best for you and those around you. If you are not working towards your goals, you will lack enthusiasm.

Now you feel like what you’ve read is going to help you gain better leadership skills. Take all that you learned here and use it to help you become a confident leader. It’s time to get out there and be the best leader you can be!