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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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Advice for Special Ed Leadership?

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A Letter to My New Principal

Last comment 3 days 15 hours ago
19 2,440 30,397 views

The Tuning Protocol: A Framework for Personalized Professional Development

Last comment 2 days 17 hours ago
2 935 12,458 views

Want to Improve a District? Let Teachers Lead the Way

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 13:20
11 6,395 10,931 views

A Letter to My New Principal

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:06
19 2,440 30,397 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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A Town Helps Transform Its School

A low-performing rural school in New Hampshire reached out to the local community for help turning things around.

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When Your School Is a Museum

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, an award-winning school has been the catalyst for a district turnaround after a 20-year decline.

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Setting the Stage for Arts Integration

A school in Louisiana got a start on developing a standards-aligned, arts-integrated curriculum by building a puppet theater.

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Project-Based Learning in Colombia

An American educator reports on how the South American nation is using PBL.

1 1,069 2,370 views
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Article

A Solution for Student Disengagement

Tap students’ leadership potential to help them form strong bonds with each other and with their school.

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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.

3 365 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.

11 6,395 10,931 views

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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.

109 170,004 694,791 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.

44 1,287 381,654 views
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Article

5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team

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

60 8,495 171,050 views
Article

The 7 Characteristics of a Good Leader

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

21 869 167,884 views
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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.

24 1,612 139,586 views
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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.

27 1,626 129,187 views
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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 71,129 127,467 views

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