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The Sailor and the Sailboat: Leadership and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.08.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

My one extravagance is that I live on the Chesapeake Bay and have a small sailboat. I love to sail, even if I'm not especially good at it, but sailing...

Politics Without Principle

Rajan Thapaliya | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Rajan Thapaliya

In family, in society, in the country and in the world only a leadership by example is going to be effective in coming days. We cannot expect our associates to be honest when we ourselves are dishonest. This is the major problem in Nepalese politics today.

Why Would a Principal Want to Work in a Teacher-Powered School?

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 02.13.2017 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

Principals have a tough job, and it's getting tougher. "Very frankly," the late Arlyn Gunderman used to say, based on his experiences as a principal a...

Help Wanted: 40 Percent of School Principals in Chicago May Be About to Quit

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 01.26.2017 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

If a study showed that 40 percent of the leading doctors in Chicago planned to quit their jobs within the next three years and another 20 percent of h...

School Turnaround - Where Is That Magic Formula Again?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 12.22.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

The way some people talk about "turning around" a high-poverty, low-performing school you might think there was some kind of magical formula. If we co...

Find Your Place to Stand

Karl Romain | Posted 10.26.2016 | Impact
Karl Romain

In order to make a powerful impact in life, you must have a firm foundation. You must have a sure sense of what you stand for and why. People who make a powerful impact are people who are grounded.

Rise Up, Education Leaders

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 10.02.2016 | Education
Marybeth Gasman

We are being terrorized -- but not by the shooters. Instead, it's the gun lobby and the cowardly politicians throughout our country. Politicians at the state and federal level don't have the courage to step up and stand up for our children, our friends and our neighbors. It's time for us to stop looking to them for direction.

5 Ways Educators Can Take Back Their Professional Narrative

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.25.2016 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Regardless of political ideology, educators must reclaim their profession. I know you don't seek attention. You just want to teach, but it's time for a PR offensive of your own. It's time for the experts to drive the narrative, and below are five ways to do that.

The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?

Restore the True Spirit of ESEA

Diann Woodard | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Diann Woodard

Congress has the opportunity to invest in our nation's most valuable resource -- our youth. We need to write to our legislators to remind them of the original intent of ESEA and the need to ensure that our students get a world-class education that allows them to become contributing members of society.

Teachers in a Pickle

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Not long ago, two teachers asked me a question that I found rather poignant: How could they help make their schools successful when their principals have no interest in changing what they're doing?

Comforting the Afflicted

Diann Woodard | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Diann Woodard

There is unfortunately little public understanding of how to help the children who are grieving in the wake of such violent incidents. Nor are violent incidents the only events that trigger grief in children.

The Global Search for Education: Creative China - Part 2

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.06.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

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

Technology in Schools: How to Hire the Best People

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 02.04.2015 | 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 06.18.2015 | 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 01.11.2015 | 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 se...

A Wakeup Call for School Leaders

Diann Woodard | Posted 01.06.2015 | 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 06.19.2015 | 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 06.19.2015 | 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.