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School Leadership

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School Leadership: Resource Roundup

For principals and other school administrators, this list of videos, blogs, and articles includes advice and tips on effective leadership strategies, partnering with teachers, and cultivating and retaining strong leaders.

The Coaching Model

Schools can learn a lesson from sports coaches about the value of personalized instruction for identifying areas of growth and optimizing student performance.

A photo of a group of elementary students looking out a window, waving and smiling.

5 Strategic Tips for First-Year Administrators

For admins just starting out, it's helpful to establish relationships, visit classrooms, understand others, flatten the hierarchy, and become an active social media presence.

When Teachers and Administrators Collaborate

See what it looks like when a district that has a strong collaborative culture undertakes a major initiative like implementing the Common Core.

Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters

Providing high-quality professional development for teachers may be the most important thing schools can do to improve students learning.

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Why Social and Emotional Learning Is Essential for Students

Learn more about the critical role that social and emotional learning plays in promoting student success.

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One male and two female teachers are leaning over a classroom table, building something together. They have two pieces of cardboard cut, standing up like mini buildings, one with an open door, and a piece of wire is connecting them.
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How Teams Can Transform Schools

In order to lead your school toward the change you want to manifest, you need to first understand the essential nature of team building. 

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Four young students are sitting around a classroom table building a contraption out of legos and wires. It looks like it might be able to move prompted by technology.
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Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing

As a model for reframing methods and outcomes, design thinking reconnects educators to their creativity and aspirations for helping students develop as deep thinkers and doers.  

3 1,118 21,926 views
Two male and two female teachers are standing in a classroom around a big pad of paper on an easel. There are twenty five post-its on the large pad of paper with writing on them.
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Improving Schools Through Design Thinking

Along with teaching students how to master design thinking, this five-step model of empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test can also be used in running the school itself.

9 542 19,434 views
A female nurse is wearing green nursing scrubs, a white coat, and has a stethoscope around her neck. She's standing in a doctor's office behind a long counter next to her desk, and she's looking directly at the camera with a closed mouth smile.
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Help! I Need the School Nurse!

A paramedic and teacher describes the symptoms of and first responses to anaphylaxis, seizures, and diabetic episodes when they occur in the classroom.

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Seven young students are squatting side-by-side on a basketball court with their arms extended out at their sides.
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Cultivating a New Leadership Archetype

Transformative school leaders embrace creativity and play, reimagine meetings, promote a culture of celebration through their daily interactions, and maintain their own health and spirit.

7 309 10,963 views
A female teacher is sitting, wearing a hoodie and jeans, looking down at and typing on a laptop that's near her knees on a short table. She's in a classroom with a camera, a projector, and a light on a poll behind her.
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8 Skills to Look for in a Director of Technology

A technology director for your school or district needs to have other vital skills that go beyond knowing technology and networking.

5 260 13,704 views

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Identifying and Nourishing Gifted Students

Let's broaden our definition of gifted students to include creativity, writing skills, musical and artistic talent, superior leadership and speaking skills, and moral character.

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A street parade is going on in a downtown area. A lot of girls in white shirts and green shorts are walking in the street with their hands raised, carrying golden pom-poms.
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How Can High-Poverty Schools Connect With Students?

In high-poverty schools, it's critical to establish caring relationships, supporting students through advisory programs, create smaller learning environments, and encourage participation in extracurricular activities.

11 1,430 13,704 views
A female teacher is sitting, wearing a hoodie and jeans, looking down at and typing on a laptop that's near her knees on a short table. She's in a classroom with a camera, a projector, and a light on a poll behind her.
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8 Skills to Look for in a Director of Technology

A technology director for your school or district needs to have other vital skills that go beyond knowing technology and networking.

5 260 13,704 views
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Not Giving Up On a Student

How can teachers and administrators help students overcome negative attitudes about school and learning?

14 77 13,704 views
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You Need an Elevator Pitch About School Culture and Climate

Once a leadership team has helped the school community understand the importance of culture and climate, they are ready to assess it and improve it.

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What Bullying Looks Like in the Digital Age and How to Prevent It

As cyberbullying increases, our best options are recognizing patterns, keeping evidence, intervening when appropriate, reporting any incidents, and educating everyone -- bullies included.

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The Art of Facilitating Teacher Teams

For those who facilitate teacher teams, blogger Elena Aguilar offers tips for running professional development smoothly and effectively.

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