School Leadership

6 Things All Intentional School Leaders Do Right
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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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3 Back-to-School Tips for Administrators and Educators

With students rushing to buy supplies, pencil sharpeners whirling, and schedules being set, back-to-school season is in full force. While much commercial marketing is geared toward students and parents, the start of a new school year is an important time for teachers and administrators as well. A new year is...

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How to Lay the Groundwork to Stop New Teacher Burnout
How to Lay the Groundwork to Stop New Teacher Burnout

[Guest blog post by Scott Sterling, former 7th-grade teacher] My first year teaching was the second most challenging of my life (I decided to follow the first by having a baby in my second). I experienced controversies, unsettling circumstances, and 120 seventh graders. Of the seven...

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Five Ways to Rethink Parent Involvement
Five Ways to Rethink Parent Involvement

Parent involvement is not what it used to be. Once upon a time, so the story goes, parents did little more than shoo their children out the door to the neighborhood school around the corner. After the kids were gone, the parents did grown-up things like heading to the office...

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