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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

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The Road to Equity Is Paved With Emotions

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A group of teachers are sitting in a large room, and three teachers are presenting next to a post-it and paper covered wall.
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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.

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group of teachers sitting in a circle around desks
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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.

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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.
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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.

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An adult male in a suit is sitting on a tall white chair in a small, carpeted library, talking to a large group of seated adults and students.
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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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An illustration of a female teacher with six thought bubbles behind her. The six thought bubbles show: a question mark, the words, "Make it happen," a hand shake, an angry and sad face, a listening ear, and a drawing of a turtle.
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The Answer to Our Education Woes

Getting curious, slowing down, and listening to each other are a few of the essentials necessary for addressing the larger problems in education. 

4 477 4,485 views
A group of teachers are sitting in a conference room, looking towards someone at a podium and someone standing in front of a big screen. One man in the audience has his hand raised.
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Five Ways to Increase Teacher Agency in Professional Development

We talk about student agency, but what about teacher agency?

6 265 7,475 views
A group of four teachers are sitting at a cafeteria table, all looking at tablets.
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Doing More With Less: PD, Resources, and Ownership

Strategies for doing more with less include adequate PD around new technology, embracing mobile solutions, low-cost high tech, and expanding the ownership of school policy making.

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Teacher Collaboration: Spreading Best Practices School-Wide
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Teacher Collaboration: Matching Complementary Strengths

At Wildwood IB World Magnet School, teacher collaboration fosters a supportive professional culture, lessens teacher conflict, and provides students with schoolwide best practices.

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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.

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My "Academy Awards" for Best Educational Documentaries

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips, acknowledging the proliferation of education-themed documentaries, starts a new tradition: the Educational Documentary Academy Awards! Join the suspense and celebration as he reveals which films were his favorites and why.

2 590 26,660 views
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Addressing Chronic Absenteeism

Blogger Anne O'Brien shares both nationwide data for student chronic absence and ways schools and districts can work to decrease it.

13 535 26,660 views
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Administrators: How to Get Out of the Office and Into Classrooms

As an administrator, I think about the most enjoyable times I have had at school. Frankly, none of them include sitting in my office doing paperwork, disciplining, or attending meetings. The most enjoyable and productive times I have experienced are when I...

5 1,020 26,161 views
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Parent Communication Toolbox

While each school community is unique, there's a wide range of digital tools to keep parents involved when face-to-face communication isn't possible.

13 597 26,161 views
Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom at Mesquite Elementary School
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Differentiated Instruction: Helping Every Child Succeed

Mix teacher collaboration and innovative leadership with a big dose of differentiated instruction and you get Mesquite Elementary's winning recipe.

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