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School Leadership

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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.

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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.

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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5 Essential Elements of a Classroom Walkthrough

Download this PDF for five great tips for effective classroom walkthroughs.

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Easing the Shift From Elementary to Middle School

A few ways teachers can help new middle schoolers—and their families—cope with this big change.

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Building Resilience, Preventing Burnout

Whether you’re a new teacher or a veteran, try these tips for taking care of yourself and staying energized throughout the school year.

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What Do Parents Want From Schools?

Key takeaways from four recent polls that asked parents and guardians for their thoughts on education.

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The ‘No’ in ‘Innovate’

Selecting new initiatives is important for administrators and teachers—but so is refusing to take on too much.

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Simple Ways to Support Your Teachers at the Start of the Year

Solutions that administrators can implement ahead of time to resolve four common challenges teachers face as a school year begins.

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An On-Site Advocate for Every Student

An argument for providing every student with a social-emotional and academic liaison.

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Helping Teachers Thrive

Five ways principals can boost teachers’ resilience in the new year.

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions. This is the subject of '50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education...

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5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz addresses teacher burnout with suggestions for both educators and administrators. Her tips include an ongoing attitude of professional development, including all stakeholders when things change, and maintaining a personal life.

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5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team

Check out these tips for growing powerful leadership teams that can transform schools.

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The 7 Characteristics of a Good Leader

Blogger Maurice Elias provides an overview of The Seven Characteristics of a Good Leader.

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5 Strategies to Ensure Student Learning

After Arizona's Mesquite Elementary School developed a program to provide additional instruction time for students struggling with math, test scores shot to the top.

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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.

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Stop, Start, Continue: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving

To better understand how educating individuals can make a global difference, consider what we should stop doing, what we should start doing, and what we should continue doing.

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