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Leadership: A Big Thing

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | 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 they'...

Monitor and Adjust: The Way to Improve Education

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | 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 does h...

Building a Culture by Tending to the Details

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | 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.

On the Brink of the Common Core Era, Principals Leading

Pedro Noguera | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Pedro Noguera

The new Common Core era has generated great insecurity, largely because some states, such as New York, implemented the new assessments before rolling out new curricula designed to match the rigorous exams. There is no single recipe for how to do all that is vital, but there are key ingredients.

Fixing the School-Business Breakdown

Michael Haberman | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Michael Haberman

Even if educators and business leaders initially speak different languages, we're all saying the same thing: we need better-prepared graduates and employees, with the skills, preparation, and qualities needed to support a thriving economy.

The Corporate Takeover of Public Education

Diann Woodard | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Diann Woodard

Will they create a world of equal opportunity that is the spirit animating our nation's education professionals? Or will they create a world to their liking in which parents and professional educators will have little or any voice?

Why School Culture Matters, and How to Improve It

Michael Haberman | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Michael Haberman

Obviously, school leaders can't always mimic businesses -- but they can learn from them. When business leaders teach principals the skills that they use to build a strong organizational culture, school leaders can completely transform their schools.

Taking a Charter Network to Scale: IDEA Public Schools

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.21.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

Today's post is based on a conversation between the Forum for Youth Investment and IDEA Public Schools' Chief Human Assets Officer Audrey Hooks. She describes IDEA's attempt to disseminate its guiding principles and knowledge, not just curriculum and materials.

Moving Education Forward: It Starts With School Leaders

Diann Woodard | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
Diann Woodard

It is now time to re-evaluate our education policy, starting with the voice, tools, and support that we provide for our school leaders, the principals and administrators responsible for overseeing the scholastic performance and physical operations of our schools.

The Generosity of Gratitude

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 01.20.2013 | Education
Nancy Rappaport

It's been shown that acknowledging what you're grateful for makes you more motivated to be generous. So, this Thanksgiving, I'm proud to acknowledge the work that my colleagues and I get to do, the struggles of my students, and the incredibly hard work of all the educators and administrators out there.

High School Principal Participates In Reddit AMAA

Posted 11.18.2012 | Education

The principal of a midwestern public high school participated in a Reddit "Ask me almost anything" last week, offering insight into the nature of his ...

Governor's Criticism Of Maine Schools Doesn't Sit Well With Principals

Portland Press Herald, Maine | Edward D. Murphy | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education

PORTLAND -- Gov. Paul LePage's latest comments on public education aren't going over any better with school principals than they did with teachers. A...

8 Years From Today: When the Uneducated Become the Unemployed

The George W. Bush Institute | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
The George W. Bush Institute

The jobs crisis is an education crisis and if not dealt with will create dire circumstances for America. With fewer people employed, the government will be put in a position to provide more social services with a dwindling revenue base to collect from.

Study Examines Impact Principals Have On Student Achievement

Posted 10.24.2012 | Education

It's indisputable that great teachers lead to successful students, as the presidential candidates have touted, but what about students' connection to ...

If Principals Can Do It, Why Can't We?

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 09.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

It was encouraging to see LAUSD and the Administrators Association of LA strike a deal this week for evaluating public school principals. The question for us is clear: if we can do this for our principals, why can't we do this for our teachers?

School Principals' Workloads To Increase Under New Indiana Law

Posted 09.05.2012 | Education

Beginning this school year, Indiana principals’ job descriptions will include conducting annual teacher evaluations, under a law passed by state law...