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June 27, 2014

Why Good Principals Are Hard to Find and Keep

A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute examines principal hiring practices in five urban districts and finds that more strategic recruitment and heftier compensation are needed to improve the ranks of K-12 leadership.

June 26, 2014

Our Neighbors' Children Are Our Children Too

It is ultimately the responsibility of those who have chosen to step up and lead schools to be those bridge builders, who understand how to balance the power, listen to all voices, and be the rudder to the ship that is our changing educational environment.

June 24, 2014

Wallace Foundation Donates $30 Million to Help Improve Principal Supervisors

Fourteen urban school districts will receive funds under the Principal Supervisor Initiative. Money will also go toward developing model standards for principal supervisors and supporting organizations that help districts empower this group.

June 24, 2014

Principals Have More Authority Than They Think, New Study Says

Researchers at the Center on Reinventing Public Education argue that while there are real policy barriers that hamper school improvement, principals imagine more roadblocks than there are.

June 24, 2014

Want to Incorporate Online Learning? Invest in the Teachers

In order to use the potential that technologies offer our learners, investment in teachers is required. Knowing teachers' mindsets, their fears, and concerns and attending to them while leading forward is crucial. Developing their interest in and their appreciation for the application of these technologies is essential.

June 23, 2014

Principal Groups Seek More Answers for Canceled Advanced-Certification Program

The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards is looking for ways to recognize the school leaders who completed its rigorous pilot- and field-tests of advanced certification for principals.

June 22, 2014

Can Boundaries Be For Crossing?

Our contribution to the next generation of leaders in our country begins with our interactions with our students. If we included the concept of understanding other perspectives in our curriculum and our practice with students and each other, over time, perhaps we could contribute to a more compassionate graduate.

June 20, 2014

Commencement Speakers: A Lesson in Understanding Perspectives

We are suggesting flipped learning with the purpose of teaching empathy; learning how to listen to, truly hear, and understand other perspectives. The practice of designing learning that embeds the understanding of perspective and the valuing of those who hold other perspectives may yield future graduating classes that offer welcome to commencement speakers with a wider range of views.

June 18, 2014

The Path to Systemic Innovation

The era of standards-based reform has brought significant progress to America over the last 25 years. Especially in states that pursued it with consistency—Massachusetts, Maryland and Texas, for example—the results are clear.

June 17, 2014

Summertime Video Gaming

Behaviors are influenced by outside forces. We know that and see it all the time. But does playing a video game turn someone toward anti-social behaviors?

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