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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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A Letter to My New Principal

Last comment 3 days 23 hours ago
32 2,445 30,397 views

Advice for Special Ed Leadership?

Last comment 2 weeks 2 days ago
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The Tuning Protocol: A Framework for Personalized Professional Development

Last comment 1 week 1 day ago
2 935 12,458 views

Want to Improve a District? Let Teachers Lead the Way

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 13:20
12 6,413 10,931 views

A Letter to My New Principal

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:06
32 2,445 30,397 views

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Four teachers are sitting close together at a small circular table in an empty classroom, smiling, looking down at opened textbooks.
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School Leaders: 6 Strategies for Retaining New Teachers

Whether you’re a teacher leader, an instructional coach, or an administrator, here are six things you can do to retain teachers who are new to your school or to the profession.

2 194 10,215 views
A young woman is sitting on the ground, painting the underside of a table orange. A young man is laying on the ground on his back, watching the woman paint.
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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.

120 10,465 views
A teenage boy is sitting in a classroom by himself. His hands are on his head, his head is tilted back, his eyes are closed, and he's yelling. A handful of papers are up in the air around him, falling down.
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The Behavior Battle: High- and Low-Tech Solutions

While programs like Kickboard, PBIS World, and ClassDojo can help track and identify student behavior issues, so can lower-tech practices like focused observation, simplified reporting, and team input.

3 268 9,966 views
A group of teachers are sitting in a large room, and three teachers are presenting next to a post-it and paper covered wall.
Article

Open Space Technology: Decision by Inclusion

See where Edcamps and Unconferences got their start with Open Space Technology, an inclusive decision-making model for crowdsourcing the best ideas in your school or classroom.

4 122 11,212 views
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Article

Edcamps: The New Professional Development

When teachers choose their own professional learning opportunities (such as Edcamps), many feel more support in their jobs and better prepared to support their students' learning.

3 524 3,737 views
In a classroom filled with young students, a male teacher in a plaid button up shirt is bending down, high fiving a young girl sitting at table.
Article

What Doesn't Work When Evaluating Teachers

As the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) roles out, there are three ripple effects that school leaders and teachers should be aware of in terms of teacher evaluation.

10 147 21,427 views
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Summer Prep for Back to School: Resources for School Leaders

Explore resources from Edutopia and the web that support school leaders -- including principals and other administrators -- as they guide school communities into a new school year.

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The Key to School Change: Getting Comfortable With Discomfort

Improvement requires change, which often means discomfort. Your school can edge out of its comfort zone by breaking down silos, taking risks, and shifting resources.

7 2,024 30,895 views
Article

The Power of Educational Coaching

Blogger and school principal Ben Johnson explains how educational coaching can transform classrooms.

7 694 29,899 views
Article

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.

15 151 29,649 views
An adult woman and a young girl are walking down a school hallway.
Article

What Can Schools Do to Address Poverty?

Schools can address poverty through teaching social justice, offering equal academic opportunities, and discreetly providing school supplies, snacks, clothes, and other basic necessities.

7 247 29,151 views
Article

A Feelings Walking Tour: Surveying Your School Culture and Climate

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias describes how to take a symbolic walk through your school to gain insight and ideas for any necessary action or changes.

10 440 28,404 views
Article

A Working Model for Blended Learning in an Urban School

After two years of blended learning, a low-performing high school became one of the country's best. Read about how they shifted the learning, teaching, and culture.

6 107 27,905 views
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How to Implement Social and Emotional Learning at Your School

To implement SEL at your school, use these seven activities to help students build self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

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