Leadership

How Data-Driven Plans Can Increase Teacher Effectiveness
How Data-Driven Plans Can Increase Teacher Effectiveness

The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) is committed to using student performance data to inform instructional design. For educators, however, using assessment data to personalize instruction can often be a challenge. Yearly state-mandated assessments and universal screenings only give teachers and educational leaders a snapshot of a...

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Moving Away from Standardized Professional Development for Teachers
Moving Away from Standardized Professional Development for Teachers

Professional development, or PD, is a mandatory aspect of teachers’ working lives—whether they find it useful or not. Building upon the idea that the often mixed reception to PD may be due to some aspects of standardized programs being less relevant than others, a recent post on the education industry...

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An Interview with Lexia user, Principal Felecia Evans
An Interview with Lexia user, Principal Felecia Evans

Felecia Evans is the principal at Lander Elementary School, a K–5 school of about 500 students located just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. We spoke with Felecia about her successful implementation of a school-wide literacy initiative with Lexia® Core5® Reading. She shared strategies on building leadership, student and teacher motivation, and...

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5 Major Challenges Facing School Districts and How to Overcome Them

Now that the school year is well underway, teachers and administrators are likely taking note of what's working while also acknowledging any new and old issues that may be rearing their heads. From data collection to student safety, here are five common challenges facing school districts, along with their potential...

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Now Trending: Social Media as a Tool to Grow Professional Development
Now Trending: Social Media as a Tool to Grow Professional Development

Between the political commentary, the wedding and baby photos, and the latest memes, wading through the social mediasphere can feel quite daunting. But within the endless chatter lies a way for educators and administrators to glean valuable information from their peers, as noted in a recent Education Dive piece spotlighting...

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Supporting New Teachers: What Do They Really Need?
Supporting New Teachers: What Do They Really Need?

A teacher shortage is affecting school districts across the United States, with the Economic Policy Institute calling the situation “real, large and growing, and worse than we thought.” As EPI researchers explained, “A shortage of teachers harms students, teachers, and the public education system as a whole,” with higher turnover...

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Leadership Matters: 4 Best Practices for Keeping Principals on the Job
Leadership Matters: 4 Best Practices for Keeping Principals on the Job

The need to attract and retain teachers is well documented, with numerous sources warning of a looming teacher shortage fueled in part by high turnover—and troublingly, high rates of attrition are an issue with school principals, too. In fact, more than 30% of principals leave their schools after two years...

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