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Professional Development

7 Questions to Ask Yourself at the End of the Year

Polly Irungu | Posted 11.30.2015 | College
Polly Irungu

2015 is coming to a close - whether we are ready or not; whether we like it or not. I am not ready, and I wish I had a few more weeks, but here are a few reflections to ponder: what worked and what could possibly change?

Response to Intervention and Bob's Law

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.19.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The problem in education reform isn't a lack of good ideas. It's a lack of good ideas implemented with enough clarity, consistency and integrity to actually make a difference in rigorous experiments. A recent large-scale evaluation of Response to Intervention (RTI) illustrates this problem once again.

5 Ways to Improve Employee Development at Your Company

David Hassell | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
David Hassell

Employee development is a long-term initiative, but it also leads to short-term benefits like increased loyalty and improved performance and engagement.

More Reflection. More Learning. More Impact.

Alex Budak | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Alex Budak

In the startup world, Eric Ries has helped push forward the notion that the goal of a startup is to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible. In fact, it's my very favorite definition of a startup. As a social entrepreneur, so too is your job to learn -- not just about your organization but also about yourself as a leader.

8 Proven Ways to Close the Achievement Gap

Ossa Fisher | Posted 11.10.2015 | Education
Ossa Fisher

Close cooperation between schools, parents, and the community is one of the keys to closing achievement gaps. Parent involvement has a strong, direct impact on student achievement.

The Opportunity Gap: The Dirty Secret About the Small Inequities Holding Women Back

Linda L. Addison | Posted 11.09.2015 | Women
Linda L. Addison

Gender imbalance is detrimental not only to women -- but also to companies. The business case for gender equity has never been stronger, with numerous studies demonstrating that diverse teams result in better decision-making and stronger financial results.

7 Secrets to Keeping Your Dreams Alive... Even After Graduation

Zanele Mutepfa | Posted 10.29.2015 | College
Zanele Mutepfa

Keeping your dreams alive is the one job from which you will never be rejected, fired, or laid off. Just because you don't get your dream job right after graduation doesn't mean it's impossible.

Mind Games: Adopting a Growth Mindset

Daniel Horgan | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business
Daniel Horgan

Every day, our mind is playing these games inside our head. There is this push and pull dialogue playing out trying to convince us that we are both good enough and weak at the same time.

The Struggle is Real: Why Your Solo Practice is Struggling

Allison Valderia | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Allison Valderia

These three pitfalls apply to any entrepreneur running a business, solo or not. These are just three missteps that I've noticed entrepreneurs make in launching and trying to maintain a business. At the heart of the matter is that you don't want to be an educated bum trying to run a business.

When Being Cheap Isn't Worth the Cost for Non-Profits

Alex Budak | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Alex Budak

I believe there are three specific areas where it's imperative that non-profits spend more money, rather than less. And paradoxically by spending more money in these ways, it will reduce the total amount of money the organization spends over the long-term, all while magnifying the impact.

Acting on a Moment of Career Courage

Margaret Ruvoldt | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Margaret Ruvoldt

In preparing for a group mentoring session recently, I found myself reflecting on examples from my career that I could share with the group about courage. We had been discussing the importance of demonstrating leadership before you are given a title or responsibilities beyond the scope of what might be found in your job description.

Ashley Smith From Fifth Grade!

Rena DeLevie | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business
Rena DeLevie

People trigger us for obvious reasons such as being mean or whiny, but sometimes they're just people who trigger us for reasons we can't understand.

To Data or Not To Data: Capturing the Humanities in Motion

Christine Henseler | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education
Christine Henseler

We have a social responsibility to reshape what really counts among all the counting. I deeply believe that the transformative and perhaps even surprising identity of tomorrow's humanities must be built on the solidity of our century-old foundations.

Linguistic Business Coaching: Shortcut From Fear of Speaking to Linguistic Self-confidence

Anna-Jane Niznikowska | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Anna-Jane Niznikowska

I have recently gone to a networking event at the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in London. As a Communication Consultant who helps non-native English speakers communicate more confidently in international business, I thought I had to walk the talk and speak Portuguese.

How to Plan Better Professional Development

Chris Lehmann | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Chris Lehmann

These are a few ideas and values to get you started -- there are many more that I encourage people to share in the comments. Simply, in all we do, be thoughtful, collaborative, and empowering when structuring professional learning.

Why Bother Writing?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 09.15.2015 | Education
Deborah J. Levine

Why bother writing when technology does much of the work for us? Templates plan for us, spell-check edits for us, and there's enough information online to produce a ocean of plagiarized work.

A Liberal Arts Girl Living in a STEM World

Deborah Cronen | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Deborah Cronen

A liberal arts route is not the most obvious or clear cut, but how wonderful is it that that a broad education can contribute to professional success.

Rethinking Professional Development: Using Mindfulness to Explore the Emotional Labor of Teaching

Elizabeth Frias, PhD | Posted 09.08.2015 | Education
Elizabeth Frias, PhD

Taking the time to practice mindfulness is an excellent opportunity for teachers to stop, sit quietly, and bring awareness to their emotions and how those emotions may be affecting them physiologically.

The Business of Faith - An Interview with Al Erisman

Romal Tune | Posted 09.05.2015 | Religion
Romal Tune

For much of my career I've worked in the faith community but lately I've been asked by a few companies to conduct workshops on professional and person...

6 Ways to Boost Your Professional Learning

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 09.05.2015 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

Social media, professional learning communities, and collaborative authoring environments have expanded learning opportunities. Developing productive personal learning habits can accelerate your career and extend your impact.

Happy 25th Birthday to the Chief Learning Officer (CLO)

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Shane Paul Neil

Organizational titles have changed over the years and new ones have emerged like that of Chief Learning Officer (CLO) in response to the challenges and opportunities within the global business environment.

Is ASL Interpreting the Right Career for You?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.02.2015 | College
Lydia L. Callis

All deaf individuals deserve an qualified interpreter with the skills to get the job done right. Over the past 25 years, ASL interpreters have worked hard to create a high standard of quality within our field. This begins at the very foundation: education.

Why Process Is the Secret Weapon for Boosting Productivity

Danny Wong | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Danny Wong

Unstructured working arrangements paralyze teams; distractions such as email encourage poor time management. Fortunately, schedules and routines breed efficiency and process creates predictable workflows.

Guidelines for the 30-Somethings

Adrian Kamalii | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Adrian Kamalii

For my contemporaries, let's remember to be more introspective, less harsh on ourselves with our follies and less aggrandizing with our accomplishments. Listen, do not compare, connect and remember -- we have a purpose.

5 Questions to Ask When Leaving a Secure Job for a Fresh Challenge: Thanks UMass, Hello Babson!

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
Adam Sulkowski

Many thanks to all those at UMass for support and inspiration during the past decade, and looking forward with much excitement to a new chapter with those of you at Babson!