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School Leadership

Want Better Schools? Hire Better Principals

Emily Richmond | Posted 06.24.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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.

Evaluation's Week in the News

TNTP | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
TNTP

By Erin Grogan and Cassandra Coddington This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Measuring teacher effectiveness is complicated. Tha...

Denver Aims High for Shared Leadership

TNTP | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
TNTP

By Heather Barondess This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Let’s say you’re a teacher who has been in the classroom f...

Inflated Ratings Don't Make the Grade

TNTP | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
TNTP

This week, Indiana became the most recent state whose teacher ratings, based on a new evaluation system, has come back with nearly all teachers designated effective or highly effective.

'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.

My Daughter, Jo March

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 05.14.2014 | Parents
Ann V. Klotz

Like Jo March, she spoke the truth, unafraid to forge her own path. Her perspective challenged me, required me to assess, each day, how to lead and how to mother.

Unleashing Leadership in Camden

TNTP | Posted 04.28.2014 | Education
TNTP

By Tonya Horton This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Camden is a city on the rise. The small New Jersey city has struggled with ...

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.

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...

Note to New NYC Mayor: Continue Bloomberg's Focus on Our Schools

Michael Haberman | Posted 12.14.2013 | New York
Michael Haberman

By continuing to make schools a citywide priority -- and by tying them to the future of this City -- Bloomberg inspired everyone from private citizens to small business owners to Fortune 500 CEO's to realize that they can and must do something to help.

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...

School Administrators: Getting Them Onboard Is Key to Change for LGBTQ Students

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Placing LGBTQ students in a "risk" category -- positions the group of students identifying as LGBTQ as a potential "problem" for the school that requires a solution, rather than as a group of students bringing untapped assets and strengths into the school community.

The Global Search for Education: More From Finland

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.06.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Our teachers in Finland are quite autonomous already. They are allowed to choose their methods and they are allowed to be creative."

Principal CEO

Michael Haberman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michael Haberman

Many recent studies show that a principal's leadership is just as integral to a school's success as a CEO's is to their business.

Five Principal Parts of Being a Principal

Randy Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Randy Miller

When you see schools that challenge old ideas and endeavor to new frontiers to achieve results, there is usually a visionary principal leading the charge

Becoming a Nation of School Leaders

Lisa Belzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lisa Belzberg

A 2004 study on school performance couldn't find a single documented case where troubled schools were turned around without the intervention of a powerful leader.

Educational Experience is Paramount

Kurt Wootton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kurt Wootton

I agree with Mr. Broad in that we absolutely need good managers to run our school districts. But more critically we need leaders who understand the world of teachers, principals, and students.

School Leaders: Making and Breaking Education

Meredith Ely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Meredith Ely

Education seems to exist in a universe outside of traditional nonprofit and private sectors. As a result, we see people with passion, but without the business savvy to build super efficient environments.

Are Age and Experience Overrated When it Comes to Leadership?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Justin Snider

I very much believe that learning to delay gratification is an important life skill. Parents, and teachers, need to be in the business of teaching young people that we don't always get what we want right away.

Building Castles in the air: Visionary Leadership

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Justin Snider

Why aren't there more visionary organizations and leaders? How can a leader find a clear, compelling vision?

Why Should she Work for you?

Gary Stager | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gary Stager

Why should a young teacher work for you? After you remove all joy, creativity, freedom and individuality from education, who will teach your child?

The Transformative Power of Failure?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Justin Snider

Can failure transform us in important -- and healthy -- ways? Should we champion failure as much as we do success? And in the field of education, should we learn not just to live with but to love leaders who fail?

New Leaders for New Schools

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

The first big challenge is getting state and district officials to do the right thing and close failing schools. It's politically difficult to close bad schools, even the worst have a constituency.

Faith Community and LGBT Community Come Together

Sara Whitman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sara Whitman

I went to a funeral today. Of a little boy. 11 years old. He lay in the coffin, in a grown up suit, dead. So little. He killed himself last week because he was taunted, over and over, for being gay.