Leadership

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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Making Professional Development Count
Making Professional Development Count

Professional development, or PD, is a fact of life for many teachers. Indeed, the National Education Association (NEA)—one of the nation’s largest teachers unions—contends that it “should be required throughout the career of education support professionals” and that teachers “should have a decisive voice at every stage of planning, implementation,...

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What If Every Student Had A Personalized Learning Plan?

In a 2019 opinion piece for online education news site the74million.org, Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Paul Reville posed an intriguing question: “What if every child had a personalized plan to help him or her thrive?” Although this may sound like a theoretical question, Reville heads up Harvard’s Education...

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School Administrators: Key Players in Your Literacy Program
School Administrators: Key Players in Your Literacy Program

School administrators are an important component of how well schools and districts function. Although the research base for this assertion is still fairly new, anyone who has worked in or sent their children to a school would likely be quick to agree that the quality of school leadership makes a...

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3 Ways to Bring College and Career Focus to Middle School
Middle school student with diploma and cap

What do you want to be when you grow up? We begin asking students about their dream careers in their very first years of school. Many of us can recall sharing with our pre-K classmates that we planned to be astronauts, firefighters, or doctors. But at what point do students’...

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