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Administration & Leadership

Discover the challenges, strategies, and triumphs of troubleshooting, guiding, and inspiring not just a classroom, but an entire academic community.

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  • Shared Agreements for Working Together Benefit Teachers and Administrators

    Setting clear expectations for how school staff will interact with one another can improve the working environment for everyone.
    Jorge Valenzuela
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  • How School Leaders Can Rebalance Teachers’ Job Demands and Resources

    Teachers are experiencing increasing demands on their time and decreasing resources to meet those demands. Here’s a way to put things back in balance.
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  • How Assistant Principals Can Influence School Climate

    Assistant principals are in a good position to build relationships with students, observe group dynamics, and prevent conflict before it starts.
  • 3 Ways Administrators Can Include Teachers in Decision-Making

    Administrators can strengthen relationships at their schools by inviting teachers to participate in the decisions that concern them most.
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  • Establishing a Culture of Mindfulness in Elementary School

    Providing opportunities for students and staff to participate in wellness practices can start with one dedicated day each week.
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    Too Much Focus on ‘Learning Loss’ Will Be a Historic Mistake

    Learning loss is real and needs to be addressed, but how we go about it should be commensurate with the size of the moment.
    32k
  • Illustration concept for deemphasizing F grades

    The Case Against Zeros in Grading

    Teachers can rethink their grading practices to make them more mathematically fair for students and allow for redemption for a missed assignment.
    27.3k
  • How Administrators Can Help Prevent Teacher Burnout

    By communicating schoolwide expectations, supporting teacher decisions, and protecting instructional time, administrators can help avoid teacher burnout.
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  • An Administrator’s Strategy for Calming Disruptive Students so They Can Stay in Class

    When an administrator is called in to deal with a disruptive student, the situation is serious. This is a model for helping the student calm down so they can remain in class.
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  • Under the careful watch of principal Keith Moore (r) and a staffer, in-person learning resumes for the first time since March at Campbell Elementary in Austin.

    Schools, Not Teachers, Must Reduce Stress and Burnout—Here’s How

    Educators’ health and well-being should be prioritized in school culture; school leaders can help create the conditions for that.
    37.1k
  • Real Actions School Leaders Can Take to Support Teachers

    A district superintendent shares several takeaways from talks with teachers about what they want to see from administration.
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  • Israeli pupils wearing protective gear make their way to their classroom upon return to school after the COVID-19 lockdown, at Hashalom elementary in Mevaseret Zion, in the suburbs of Jerusalem, on May 3, 2020.

    Schools Are Opening Worldwide, Providing a Model for the U.S.

    Children are returning to school in countries that are weeks—or months—ahead of the U.S. in battling Covid-19. Here’s how it’s happening.
    29.6k
  • 3 Key Areas to Reflect on This Summer

    As the year ends, high school teachers and administrators can assess their schools’ traditions, celebrations, and student leadership practices.
    3.5k
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    Defending a Teacher’s Right to Disconnect

    Remember personal time? For many educators, technology has driven it toward extinction—and it’s time to get serious about reclaiming it.
    20.3k
  • 4 Ways Administrators Can Gather Information to Best Support Teachers

    A concept called ‘radical listening’ can help school leaders really hear what teachers need now, after a very difficult school year.
    651

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