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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.


21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

Last comment 3 days 18 hours ago
34 10,742 88,850 views

How Does Poverty Influence Learning?

Last comment 47 min 26 sec ago
6 10,312 44,340 views

Student Surveys: Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning

Last comment 3 weeks 3 days ago
5 437 14,333 views

How Does Poverty Influence Learning?

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:00
6 10,312 44,340 views

A Teacher Perspective: Advice for Principals

Mon, 10/28/2013 - 06:32
11 1,135 23,661 views

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 15:00
34 10,742 88,850 views


A closeup, waist up, of a female teacher standing in a school hallway. She's looking directly at the camera, her arms crossed, wearing a closed mouth smile. She's wearing a black blouse over a white, collared, button up.

Talking in the Hallway: 3 Questions Principals Should Be Asking

Principals could use casual interactions with the school population to promote literacy, emphasize that student and staff ideas matter, and actually invite those ideas.

4 10,453 58,212 views
Two boys at a table looking at cards printed with various items to determine want versus need

Franchising Success Across a District

Franchising allows a single principal to lead multiple campuses concurrently. These individuals must be proven, trusted leaders given the flexibility to focus on the best results.

286 2,047 views
Dad and daughter together smiling

"Welcome to School, Parents!"

Attract parent volunteers by giving them their own space and appointing a coordinator whose job it is to make them feel welcome, comfortable, and needed.

8 1,749 7,735 views
An outdoor covered hallway with 25+ logos painted on the wall and door

Growing a Community to Build a Garden

Tapping your community for funds, resources, and labor isn't easy, but with planning, persistence, and good will, rallying local support for a major school project benefits everyone.

977 1,818 views
Teacher holding up Dorian's Rocket Math certificate that says he rocketed through subtraction facts

Inspiring Learning Through Incentives

Layering incentives at classroom, grade, and schoolwide levels creates a culture of positivity and achievement where students celebrate milestones in their individual and shared learning.

7 937 6,370 views
Three elementary school children sitting together at a table in class coloring with markers

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.

2 9,979 30,941 views
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.

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. 

10 2,822 14,105 views



21st Century Schools or 21st Century Learning?

District principal and blogger George Couros suggests that 21st century learning involves far more than redesigning school libraries and purchasing iPads.

2 3,251 22,751 views
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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.

1 4,640 22,523 views
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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.

6 8,940 22,523 views
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Less Is More: The Value of a Teacher's Time

Teachers could become more effective with their students if they had more time outside of class for planning instruction and grading student work.

20 5,471 22,296 views
Kids on the playground

Sustaining Success Despite Budget Cuts

How a resource-strapped elementary school became a top-performing school with a homegrown, easy-to-implement program of differentiated instruction.

8 327 21,158 views
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3 Surprising Skills That School Counselors Need

School counselors can increase their effectiveness when they master technology skills, embrace data analysis, and develop their public speaking abilities.

7 1,982 20,703 views
Two teachers working side-by-side at a table covered with papers

10 Truths About Building School Teams

School teams need time to develop their what, why, and how as well as to develop relationships.

3 2,700 20,476 views