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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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The Crisis in Black Education: Focusing on Young People’s Strengths

Washington, DC’s new chancellor stresses the importance of high expectations and wrap-around support for black students.

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The Crisis in Black Education: Crafting Mirrors Where Kids Can See Themselves

A veteran educator shares his strategies for getting more black male teachers in front of black students.

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‘The Anger Pushed Me Through’: On Founding a School

Jose Luis Navarro, a principal and former California Teacher of the Year, shares his struggles and successes working with disadvantaged students in Los Angeles.

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6 Paths to Better Leadership

School leaders can undertake these six key tasks to make a difference in the lives of their students and improve school communities. 

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Every School Should Tell Its Story

There’s value in collecting and curating the stories that unfold in our schools and our students.

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Networked: How Today’s Education Leaders Make Decisions

Rapid changes in technology are pushing school administrators to turn to their peers to solve some of their toughest ed-tech challenges.

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7 Easy Ways to Improve School-Wide Communication

Surprisingly simple ideas to improve communication, from informal teacher huddles to professional culture surveys.

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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.

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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.

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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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