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Family/Work Conflicts
Women superintendents do not find work and family demands to be in conflict, according to a 2013 doctoral dissertation completed at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Rather, according to researcher Debra Ann Reecks-Rodgers, the demands present themselves simultaneously. “Role accumulation was a more salient descriptor of their experiences than role conflict,” she says.

Through family and workplace resources, a balance was achieved, especially with regard to self-imposed work demands. Family demands were rarely considered untenable issues.

Strategies used by the women superintendents were primarily personal adaptations to the issues, the study found. Professional experience, district type and size, and family composition were factors that affected the women’s strategies and successes.

(Copies of “Challenges, Not Barriers: The Work and Family Issues of Women Superintendents” are available from ProQuest at 800-521-0600 or disspub@proquest.com.) 



Financial Literacy
The Council for Economic Education has introduced the National Standards for Financial Literacy, a framework for a K-12 personal finance curriculum.

The council promotes a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance.

For more information, visit www.councilforeconed.org.

Reading Programs
The What Works Clearinghouse (http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc) has released two reports that review research on programs designed to improve reading skills.

Read Naturally is a supplemental reading program designed to improve the reading fluency and comprehension of elementary and middle school students using a combination of books, audio CDs and computer software.

Fast ForWord is a computer-based reading program intended to help students develop cognitive skills by adapting the nature and difficulty of the content based on individual student’s responses.

Online Classes
CLC Network, a national nonprofit that promotes the development of people with disabilities, will offer six online classes this fall for academically talented, middle-school-age students in honors English and math, including algebra and geometry.

Courses are aligned with Michigan content standards and are taught by certified teachers.

For more details, visit http://courses.clcnetwork.org.  


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