The National Association of Independent Schools has set as a "current priority" the task of helping its member schools to recruit and retain able teachers.
Since independent schools vary widely in their salary programs, the organization plans this spring to publish two reports that should provide administrators with useful comparative information. One is a manual on "nonsalary compensation alternatives." The other is a report by John Littleford, head of the Breck School in Minneapolis, on salary systems at a variety of independent schools.
As part of his study, Mr. Littleford will visit schools with particularly effective or innovative compensation programs. The study is being co-sponsored by Harvard University, where Mr. Littleford is working this year on leave.
The independent-schools group has also established a registry for college seniors interested in teaching posts at independent schools; nais members may buy the list for $50 to use in their recruiting activities. nais also aims to spur student interest in private-school careers by sending a list of administrative and teaching internships to college placement offices.
Albert Shanker, president of the American Federation of Teachers, will take his opinions to the airwaves.
As one of two guest commentators for WQXR, a New York radio station, Mr. Shanker will address a variety of education and labor issues, according to Susan Glass, spokesman for the aft
"The point of view expressed will be more liberal than conservative," Ms. Glass said. "The commentaries can be lighthearted and often are."
Mr. Shanker can be heard on alternating days, Monday through Friday. Herb Schmertz of Mobil Oil Corporation is the other commentator.
Cable-television broadcasts of college and professional sports events are "violating the unwritten policy of Friday night as high-school sports night," complains Carey McDonald, executive director of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.
"The fact that 20,000 high schools give 110 percent to make a success of their varsity sports programs--and to develop some of the world's finest basketball athletes--in the face of the greed and complete lack of sensitivity of the colleges and the National Basketball Association only proves that TV dollars and gate receipts are their motivation," writes Mr. McDonald in his group's quarterly newspaper. The offending college groups, he notes, include the Pacific Athletic Conference, the American College Conference, and the Ivy League, among others.
He reminds readers that the National Football League has set an example that others should follow by barring Friday night games from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 each year. Arguing that gate losses in interscholastic sports mean lost athletic opportunities for high-school students, he suggests that the organization may take its case to Congress.
Since 1970, reports the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the number of minority students graduating from college with degrees in engineering has jumped from 407 to 3,500, and freshman enrollments have risen from 8,500 to more than 32,000.
A cooperative effort of private industry, the group last year awarded $2.5 million in grants to 3,300 minority engineering students at 124 colleges and universities and committed another $700,000 in continuing support for those students, according to its annual report. In order to reach its goal of 8,000 minority graduates in engineering by 1988, the council will continue its scholarship programs and its activities to identify and support promising high-school students. In 1981-82, the council raised $4 million from 132 corporations.
The Jan. 19, 1983 issue of Education Week contained a Directory of Education Associations compiled from current information supplied by national education groups across the country. Since that date, a number of other organizations have furnished up-to-date information on their addresses and officers. They include:
American Association of
AAPT, Graduate Physics Building
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794
President--John W. Layman
Executive Officer--Jack M. Wilson
Music Educators National
1902 Association Dr.
Reston, Va. 22091
Executive Director--Donald Dillon
National Alliance of Black
School Educators, Inc.
118 9th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
President--Marvin L. Greene
National Office Manager--William
National Association of
815 Second Ave.
New York, N.Y. 10017
1201 16th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
Executive Director--Paul Tremper
National Council of Teachers
1111 Kenyon Road
Urbana, Ill. 61801
President--William F. Irmscher
(In the original listing, Stephen Tchudi was listed as president. He is president-elect and will take office in November.)
Executive Director--John C. Maxwell.