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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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Vonda Viland, the principal of Black Rock Continuation High School
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Principal of a School on the Edge

The principal of an alternative school opens up about the challenges and rewards of shepherding at-risk kids to graduation.

7 14,043 27,041 views
A group of teachers in a standing meeting
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Getting Beyond the Teacherpreneur

Instead of focusing on individuals, school leaders should work to foster a school-wide culture of innovation. Here’s a way to do that.

3 572 3,110 views
Four teachers meeting at a table
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The Tough Work of Improving School Culture

It isn’t always easy to shift to a teacher-driven, collaborative school culture—but it is worthwhile. Here’s one way to do it.

4 3,053 8,597 views
Photo of Antwan Wilson, a black male educator smiling in a suit.
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The Crisis in Black Education: Focusing on Young People’s Strengths

Washington, DC’s new chancellor stresses the importance of high expectations and wrap-around support for black students.

693 1,888 views
A side profile of a black educator smiling. The background is out of focus, showing three other black educators standing.
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The Crisis in Black Education: Crafting Mirrors Where Kids Can See Themselves

A veteran educator shares his strategies for getting more black male teachers in front of black students.

2 2,621 2,683 views
A teacher in a graduation gown is carrying a high school graduate in cap and gown, both are smiling, posing for a photo.
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‘The Anger Pushed Me Through’: On Founding a School

Jose Luis Navarro, a principal and former California Teacher of the Year, shares his struggles and successes working with disadvantaged students in Los Angeles.

5 1,774 3,986 views
An illustration of a flock of birds flying against a teal background.
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6 Paths to Better Leadership

School leaders can undertake these six key tasks to make a difference in the lives of their students and improve school communities. 

7 1,673 23,171 views

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8 Tips to Create a Twitter-Driven School Culture

Administrators can create a more connected school culture by modeling Twitter use and encouraging staff to work, play, and learn through the medium.

24 4,610 53,319 views
7 adults are surrounding two long tables pushed together. One is sitting, looking at his laptop. The rest are standing, some talking to each other, and some looking at their phones.
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Transform Your Staff Meetings, Engage Your Faculty

Remix and energize your school staff meetings by suggesting fresh approaches, making them meaningful, drawing on everyone's genius, and generating inspiring documentation for the community.

1 810 50,080 views
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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.

29 2,208 47,589 views
Three elementary school children sitting together at a table in class coloring with markers
Article

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.

4 1,119 44,350 views
Man sitting in a chair talkling to two other people.
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5 Questions That Promote Student Success in High-Poverty Schools

High-poverty schools can meet student, professional, and system learning agendas by strengthening instructional framework, targeted interventions, reading proficiency, reflective practice, and data-based inquiry.

4 3,502 40,612 views
A photo of a group of elementary students looking out a window, waving and smiling.
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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.

17 1,617 39,616 views
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An Open Letter to Principals: 5 Leadership Strategies for the New Year

Eric Sheninger shares his ideas on leadership during challenging times.

9 1,480 39,616 views

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