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April 15, 2014

Become Storytelling Leaders

We need storytellers who can bring together the hopes of parents and the dreams of their children and the gifts of learning and joys of friendship into the experience of schooling. We need generous storytellers who can let the success story in my school become the story of your school also.

April 14, 2014

Professional Learning for Parents

Schools will have more success in addressing the issues of public education in their school systems (such as student performance, funding, school closures, and bond elections) when there is a strong group of parents who partner with their children's schools as well as with the school system as a whole, says Stephanie Hirsh.

April 13, 2014

Suffering Interrupts Plans and Carries Us On

We look for ways to develop perseverance and resilience in our students and ourselves. We work at feeling better, feeling different, not to get caught in the mire. Do we know enough about the dynamics of facing adversity and working our way through it?

April 12, 2014

National Board Votes to End Principal-Certification Program

Saying administrative and financial challenges had become insurmountable, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will scrap its effort to develop advanced certification for principals.

April 10, 2014

Introverts and Extroverts: Valuing Both

We must pay attention to human nature, in our students, in our faculty, staff, and in ourselves. Yet, we may be running headlong into the current changes in education without consideration for the personalities of those adults with whom we work, and the children in their classrooms.

April 09, 2014

'Digital Leadership' a Must-Read for Educators at All Levels

"What am I prepared to do to improve all facets of my school?" This is the driving question in Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times by Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford High School in New Milford, New Jersey.

April 08, 2014

Students Evaluating Teachers: Handle With Care

Can we expect teachers who are facing criticism for not teaching to the standards or the changed curriculum, who are not collaborating or learning new information, to listen to even more voices? Will this change behavior or will this serve to shut down more teachers, or worse, leave the opinions of students as the "ace" in the process?

April 06, 2014

Race, Poverty, and Leadership

The current reality is that black and Hispanic youth are more likely to be suspended, educated in schools with less experienced teachers, and are less likely to take more rigorous classes in high school than their white peers. Although we may acknowledge poverty exists, do we truly know what cost it extracts?

April 04, 2014

Miss. and Tenn. Lawmakers Vote Down Efforts to Expand School Choice

Lawmakers in Miss. and Tenn. vote down efforts to expand school choice, four new charters are approved in Connecticut, and other school-choice news from the week.

April 03, 2014

The Importance of Play

We have trivialized play to be an optional activity, relegated to children, and only as an extracurricular activity. What if we understood play to be as important as good nutrition, healthy sleep habits, and mental health?

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