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September 15, 2014

New School Leaders' Standards Released for Public Comment

The new Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, which heavily emphasize instructional leadership, community and family engagement, and cultural awareness were revised using empirical research on school leadership and the experience of practitioners, including principals and superintendents.

September 08, 2014

What Makes a Great Teacher?

It is deeply misguided to believe that those skills alone make a great teacher.

August 31, 2014

Education Is an Ecosystem

Education is less like a vast machine than it is like a rain forest.

August 20, 2014

PDK/Gallup Release Annual Poll on Education

Today, Gallup and PDK released results from their 46th Annual Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. I encourage you to read the report and think about how these findings match your own beliefs when it comes to public education.

August 15, 2014

"Watch Your Mouth!" Your Employer Is Listening

What do employers think about cussing in the workplace? How can a foul-mouth influence students? Review considerations talent managers should be thinking through to mitigate poor language in their organizations.

August 11, 2014

Three Questions for Rocketship on Growth and Charter School Authorizing

Authorizing has been a growing focus of charter school policy lately, and that fact is of particular significance to another trend: multistate charter school networks such as the San Jose, Calif.-based Rocketship.

August 07, 2014

Report Examines Impact of Teacher Absences on District Budgets, Student Learning

What does teacher attendance data look like nationally and what does it mean for student learning? What does research say about practices that make a difference in teacher attendance?

August 07, 2014

Seven Ways State Policy Can Promote Competence

There are seven ways state policy can promote and accelerate the shift to next-generation competency based learning and improve outcomes.

August 04, 2014

New Report Offers Ideas for 'Renewing Head Start's Promise'

Changes underway at the federally funded preschool program for poor children are a good start, but need to go further, says policy analyst Sara Mead.

August 01, 2014

Supreme Court Cell Phone Ruling Could Impact School Policy

As districts prepare for the beginning of another school year, leaders should be aware of a recent U.S. Supreme Court case that could influence staff and student cell phones policies and practices.

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