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The Global Search for Education: Creative China - Part 2

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"It requires tremendous emotional intelligence, self-understanding, wisdom, maturity, and confidence to maintain a minimal interventionist attitude w...

Technology in Schools: How to Hire the Best People

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 12.05.2014 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

The technical jobs in schools are now more strategic and service oriented. Cloud computing, SaaS, mobile devices, and Google Apps for Education have changed the game by offering free or inexpensive solutions to replace the traditional server/client configuration.

Leading Coherence

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 12.03.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Over the past 10 years, I have visited dozens of schools with significant populations of students of color and students living in poverty that demonst...

The Global Search for Education: By Schools for Schools - From the UK

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"By Schools for Schools starts from a different set of assumptions. In essence, it builds on the idea that within schools and the communities they s...

A Wakeup Call for School Leaders

Diann Woodard | Posted 11.06.2014 | Education
Diann Woodard

What do you say after an election night like November 4? We lost. As a matter of fact, some have called it "a bloodbath." We are educators though. We must take a stand. We must talk to our communities and business partners about what is right for our schools.

Putting the Emphasis Where It Belongs

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 11.30.2014 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

A leader's primary role is to advance her team and to engage their collective talents towards the goals that they have set. How she performs individually is of little consequence if the process falls behind schedule or comes in over budget. When the team wins she wins.

Want to Change It? Scale It!

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

About three years ago I met with a team of teachers to discuss a common concern - student comportment. The teachers collectively felt that respect and...

Getting the Most Out of Classroom Observations

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

By following these suggestions, principals can set a more positive, focused and goal-oriented tone to the observation process. The result will be happier teachers and genuine sense of fulfillment, knowing that you are satisfying one of the most important tasks in your role as instructional leader.

The Importance of Teaching Content

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Quite some years ago I visited a school in Baltimore City that had raised its third-grade reading scores dramatically. I wanted to see what they were doing to be so successful -- and I was curious about why its fifth-grade scores had not improved even as its third-grade ones had.

School's Out for the Summer: Which Means Some of the Real Work Is Happening Now

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.24.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

We know that principals are the linchpin of school success. But it is by understanding some of the work that instructional leaders do to lead success that we can actually see why they are so important.

Want Better Schools? Hire Better Principals

Emily Richmond | Posted 08.24.2014 | Education
Emily Richmond

We are in an era of unprecedented school reform efforts, with states and districts revamping and revising campus instructional programs and policies on a routine basis. It's up to the principal to help teachers and students navigate unfamiliar waters.

The Principal and the Parents

TNTP | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
TNTP

Jessica's thoughtful approach to engaging with the local community is an important piece of her story. When she takes over as the principal of Stearne next fall, she'll have the advocacy efforts of local parents to thank for it.

Create Time for Teacher Appreciation and Validation Meetings

Calee Prindle | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Calee Prindle

Teacher appreciation and validation is typically minimal and short. It usually comes during a faculty meeting in a 60-seconds or less "shout out" or in a quick conversation passing by in the hallway or standing in line for the copier.

Leadership: A Big Thing

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I sometimes hear school and district leaders ask the question: What's the one thing that we should do to help our schools improve?

United in Leading the Way to Better Schools

Diann Woodard | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Diann Woodard

Given the enormous impact principals have in their schools, it is imperative that school leaders receive increased support and high quality professional development.

'Standards Work Is Standards Work'

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Some people are inspired by heroic deeds in extraordinary circumstances; I'm inspired by the everyday competence and thoughtfulness of folks like Branch and the hardworking teachers I saw at Garfield.

Support Your Local Principal

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In big city school districts, the average superintendent only lasts for three years. That means that most barely find out what's going on before the...

Monitor and Adjust: The Way to Improve Education

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

It is important to start with what research has demonstrated to be best practice, but it isn't enough. Continual monitoring to see what is working and what needs adjusting has to happen if schools are going to improve.

Turn Around and Find the Keys

Diann Woodard | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Diann Woodard

The need goes beyond calling on superintendents to behave more civilly. It extends to calling on school leaders to engage their communities in advocating for needed changes.

School-Business Collaboration as a Model for Supporting Public Education

Michael Haberman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Michael Haberman

As we come to the end of this whirlwind year in education reform, leading education blogger Alexander Russo recently summarized The Most Notable Educa...

What Is It Like to Be a High School Principal?

Quora | Posted 02.02.2014 | Education
Quora

Being a principal is like being caught in the middle of a tug of war. One end of the rope is the state and school board. The other end is held by the students/teachers/families in your school.

China's next educational Shanghai? The teacher perspective

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Andreas Schleicher

Mr. Huang became principal of Qiao Tou Lian He school at the age of 25, not because he was specifically trained for the post, but because he had been ...

Celebrate the Rodney Dangerfields of Public Education

Diann Woodard | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Diann Woodard

October is National Principals Month, a 31-day opportunity to celebrate the year-long work of our nation's principals, a welcome respite -- no matter how short-lived -- from the unrelenting criticism of our efforts by the purveyors of school privatization.

Tailoring Evidence-Based Reform to Different Problems

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

Not long ago, I gave a speech at the American Psychological Association's convention in Honolulu (all right, fighting for evidence-based reform doe...

Building a Culture by Tending to the Details

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Creating an environment where teachers can teach and students can learn is a complex task that takes a single-minded dedication both to the larger culture of a school and its nuts-and-bolts logistics.