School Leadership

3 Ways to Bring College and Career Focus to Middle School
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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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7 Quick and Easy Ways to Make the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference This School Year
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
7 Quick and Easy Ways to Make the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference This School Year

Communication between home and school is essential to every student’s education. When parents and educators can work together to identify concerns and celebrate successes, students benefit from support in all areas of their lives. According to a study by the National Education Association, many parents and educators already value their collaboration....

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Acronyms Unpacked: A Quick Guide to Support Better Parent-Teacher Communication
Friday, July 20, 2018
Acronyms Unpacked: A Quick Guide to Support Better Parent-Teacher Communication

Acronyms! They are everywhere in education. IDEA, FAPE, FERPA—the list goes on. While acronyms may be essential shorthand for busy teachers and administrators, they can become roadblocks when it comes to forming clear lines of communication between parents and teachers. In light of the fact that sharing ideas, information, and...

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What Intentional School Leaders Do Right
Friday, June 8, 2018
What Intentional School Leaders Do Right

Just like good teaching, good school leadership is an intentional practice built on study, revision, and honesty. There are very few administrators who were born excellent. Rather, the best school leaders work on their craft intentionally over the course of their careers—and haven’t stopped. Here’s how they’ve bettered that practice...

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Beyond Student Council: Seeing Students as Leaders
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Beyond Student Council: Seeing Students as Leaders

In a stirring display of teamwork, leadership, and democracy in action, a group of young people from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota secured $12 million in federal funds to build a new high school on their reservation. Their tenacity in making the dream of Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School into...

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Should More Women Become Superintendents?
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Should More Women Become Superintendents?

In 2016, reporter Shelly Webb took over the education beat and at the Houston Chronicle and began to do some digging. While familiarizing herself with how schools function and what issues impact student achievement, Webb stumbled upon an unexpected reality: Almost all of the superintendents in the Houston area were...

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Homework: Good, Bad…Necessary?
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Homework: Good, Bad… Necessary?

Homework seems like a fact of life for most people—something that students and teachers alike accept as an essential part of teaching and learning. But is homework necessarily a good thing? While some parents and teachers insist that it is an important way to reinforce what goes on during the...

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Advantages of Learning Management Systems in K–12 Classrooms
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Advantages of a Learning Management System in the K–12 Classroom

Learning management systems (LMS) are software or web-based applications that provide a central, integrated space for educational resources, including content resources, assessment tools, grading tools, and administrative tools. They offer a portal through which students are able to access learning materials and see their assignments and grades, and make administrative...

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How to Create a School Culture of Effective Data Use
Thursday, December 7, 2017
How to Create a School Culture of Data Use

The educational technology revolution has given an enormous boost to data-driven instruction. With new teaching tools and assessment software being developed all the time, educators can gather almost limitless information about their students' needs, skills, and progress. However, adapting teaching practices to this rapidly changing world of data use can...

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Preparing Principals to Lead: 3 Areas of Focus
Friday, October 20, 2017
Preparing Principals to Lead

Any principal can tell you the secret to a well-run school is the hardworking educators who work tirelessly for their students. Smart principals know that school success depends on supporting and empowering their team of educators, providing services such as professional development opportunities and mentoring programs that allow new teachers...

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