School Leadership

Leadership Matters: 4 Best Practices for Keeping Principals on the Job
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
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
Monday, October 14, 2019

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?
Monday, August 12, 2019

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
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
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
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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6 Things All Intentional School Leaders Do Right
Friday, June 8, 2018
6 Things All 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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