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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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Teacher Development and Leadership Research Review

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

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The Power of Being Seen

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 15:00
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Teacher Development and Leadership Research Review

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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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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.

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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.

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Reflecting on Yourself as a Leader

Schools need leaders who don't yet think they are leaders and those of us teachers who are apprehensive about embracing the roles and responsibilities of leadership.

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Transdisciplinarity: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box

Students experience deeper learning and start thinking outside the box when their teachers collaborate to present different aspects of the same subject across various disciplines.

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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers' readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities.

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How Does Poverty Influence Learning?

Poverty-related factors that intervene in students' ability to learn include health and well-being, limited literacy and language development, access to material resources, and level of mobility.

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Why Learning Space Matters

To maximize learning potential, classrooms should be open, comfortable, well lit, and visually stimulating. Strategic use of existing space can make a big difference, too.

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Four Suggestions to Help You Lead by Relationships and Realize Your Vision

Scott Taylor, Assistant Superintendent for the Kenilworth, NJ school district, writes about the importance of leading by relationships in order to realize your vision.

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The Deficit Model Is Harming Your Students

Raise your underserved students' expectations by raising your own, and create a series of reachable, data-based goals, scaffolding your instruction and mitigating their fear of failure.

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Cheap (Yet Valuable) Learning Space Redesign

Rethink classroom and campus spaces, recycle and upcycle materials, tap student ingenuity, attract charitable donors -- and remake and revitalize your school without breaking the bank.

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4 Lessons Learned From Common Core Implementation

Some effective ways for CCSS implementation include ongoing and embedded PD, clear connection to instruction, focusing on assessment rather than testing, and leveraging teacher leaders.

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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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Becoming a 21st Century School or District: Use the 4Cs to Support Teachers (6 of 7)

Focus on the 4Cs in student work, and meaningful feedback and evaluations for teachers, says Ken Kay in this 6th blog in a series on 21st century leadership.

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