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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.


Student Surveys: Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning

Last comment 3 weeks 2 hours ago
5 437 14,048 views

7 Steps to Becoming a Data-Driven School

Last comment 2 weeks 1 day ago
2 781 7,688 views

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

Last comment 4 days 3 hours ago
33 10,741 89,217 views

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

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33 10,741 89,217 views

5 Ways to Create a Strong Parent Partnership

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 06:00
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Three groups of four to five teachers are sitting at tables in a classroom talking to each other, looking at their laptops, and writing on paper.

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.

93 71,108 96,916 views
High school students are walking through one school hallway into another through opened double doors. The students are blurred as to imply fast movement and the passing of time.

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.

3 9,918 41,903 views
A young teenage boy is standing next to and staring at a huge assembly of clock gears.

The Problems and Promise of Educational Change

Two films and a book about educational change illustrate the pitfalls of top-down initiatives and the magic of everyday stakeholders getting a chance to make a difference.

1 1,267 7,477 views
A young woman is standing in front of a white brick wall, her back turned to us at an angle, her eyes closed.

2015: The Good, the Bad... and the Potential

With love for teaching and hope for the future, Vicki Davis reviews the year in U.S. education, from increasing societal pressures to exciting technologies and positive practices.

527 2,945 views
An adult woman and a young girl are walking down a school hallway.

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 8,941 22,431 views
Two adult women are standing in a classroom with tablets in their hands. One of them is holding up their tablet, and both women are looking at it.

A PD Story: Bringing 1:1 Technology to Our District

A district-wide 1:1 roll-out involves aligning PD and program goals, rethinking human resources, personalizing the PD program, and evaluating PD efforts to meet developing needs.

2 922 7,704 views
A male teacher is sitting at a desk, looking at a laptop. A female teacher is standing beside him, looking at the laptop, talking.

Creating Your District's Digital Hub

Understand the available platforms, document uploading options, and social media uses when considering how your district's digital hub will look and who will have access.

4 495 3,172 views


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The Era of the Teacherpreneur

The teacherpreneur merges the image of the innovative classroom teacher with the risk-taking and entrepreneurial leadership we commonly associate with those who create their own place in the professional world.

9 5,732 18,580 views
Two male and two female teachers are standing in a classroom around a big pad of paper on an easel. There are twenty five post-its on the large pad of paper with writing on them.

Improving Schools Through Design Thinking

Along with teaching students how to master design thinking, this five-step model of empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test can also be used in running the school itself.

9 2,589 17,900 views
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How Principals Can Grow Teacher Excellence

At Cochrane Collegiate Academy, teachers credit their principal with helping them continually improve their practice through effective PD, ongoing support, and mutual trust.

3 392 17,673 views

A Principal's Perspective: Preparing to Distribute Student iPads?

Rolling out iPads to an entire student body isn't easy. Principal Ben Johnson shares strategies for doing so and offers up answers to some important questions.

7 331 16,993 views
Four young students are sitting around a classroom table building a contraption out of legos and wires. It looks like it might be able to move prompted by technology.

Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing

As a model for reframing methods and outcomes, design thinking reconnects educators to their creativity and aspirations for helping students develop as deep thinkers and doers.  

3 3,123 16,767 views

Teacher Development Research Review: Annotated Bibliography

Teacher Development Research Table of Contents: Introduction

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6 Paths to Better Leadership

Maurice Elias outlines six important standards for school leaders to make a difference in the lives of their students and school communities.

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