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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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Transparency: Bullying Redefined and Identified

Last comment 1 week 6 days ago
6 242 3,239 views

Fostering Creativity With Makerspaces

Last comment 18 hours 34 min ago
3 528 11,212 views

8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

Last comment 3 weeks 6 days ago
109 169,998 679,887 views

The Graduate Profile: A Focus on Outcomes

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:00
1 124 1,626 views

Fostering Creativity With Makerspaces

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:00
3 528 11,212 views

Want to Improve a District? Let Teachers Lead the Way

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 13:20
2 4,963 8,761 views

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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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The Graduate Profile: A Focus on Outcomes

These profiles help schools direct resources toward building student competencies. See how they work.

1 124 1,626 views
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Want to Improve a District? Let Teachers Lead the Way

A Connecticut superintendent put teachers and students at the forefront of all decisions and transformed a district.

2 4,963 8,761 views
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Innovating Through District-Union Collaboration

Memorandums of understanding help district leaders and union members achieve flexibility around time and money issues.

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Using No-Agenda Meetings Effectively

“No agenda” doesn’t mean “no purpose”—these meetings foster innovation and open discussion among district leaders.

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Meriden Public Schools: Courageous Leadership and Innovation in Action
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Meriden Public Schools: Courageous Leadership and Innovation in Action

Visit a school district that has modernized by focusing on four key areas.

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Redesigning District-Wide Special Education Services

A multipronged approach to improving services for students with special needs.

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The Power of Collective Wisdom

Networking increases our chance of success in implementing social-emotional and character development programs.

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips examines eight myths that drive education policy, including the value of homework for students and merit pay for teachers, the irrelevance of funding and class size, and the fairness of college admissions.

109 169,998 679,887 views
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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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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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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.

95 71,129 113,613 views
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When Grading Harms Student Learning

Instead of issuing zeros, penalizing late work, and grading formative assessments, teachers should make the classroom a place of hope instead of fear.

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