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5 Characteristics of Strong Educational Leadership

Education Policy

How Leaders Win Followers' Trust By Knowing What They Really Want

Many leaders spend downtime reflecting on their leadership – what worked this past year, what to change next year. For some, it’s fixing a stressful relationship with a boss or peer. For most, it’s how to do better with followers, whose trust isn’t easily gained.<p>Up until the last few decades, …

A teacher gave her 8-year-old students iPads and discovered one huge drawback

When Launa Hall, a teacher in northern Virginia, gave each of her third graders an iPad, they were psyched. Many of them had never had a tablet, and the appeal, was immediate and powerful, she writes in the Washington Post.<p>Hall didn’t choose to give her students iPads. Her school received …

Teaching

An Administrator's Guide to Co-Teaching - Educational Leadership

This step cannot be emphasized enough. Co-teaching literature is replete with stories highlighting what can happen if teachers are thrown into a …

Four Counterintuitive Habits Of Effective Leaders

It may be better to be liked than feared, after all.<p>People have been writing about leadership–what makes a good leader, what makes a bad one, and how come–since just about as long as there have been leaders (Marcus Aurelius, Sun Tzu, et al.). It’s only relatively recently that the study of …

Be the Learner Your Kids Need

Either way you look at it, teachers are learners and when we let our students know that, we empower them to be learners, too. When we are the …

Kids

Beyond the Silver Bullet: Making 1:1 Matter

By Eric PatnoudesTechnologies will have little to no impact on learning if teachers are not also provided with training and professional development.

Professional Development

The Role of Student Voice, Passion and Communication in Reimagining Education Policy

<i>Eli Neal</i> I'm a debater. Of course, when I make that claim, you probably have a few preconceptions. Conversely, you may be wanting a few warrants right about now. Despite what you may think, the debate community is not constituted entirely of sequestered nerds. In addition to a quite diverse …

Why the Lack of Women in Educational Leadership Matters

Women account for more than 70% of last year's valedictorians. They're at the top of their class, but that appears to be where they stay. More than three-quarters of public school teachers are female while only 30% of educational administrators are. Put simply, women are doing the work while men …

Why a 'Growth Mindset' Won't Work

Stanford professor Carol Dweck's work is being used all over the world. When we look at what school should epitomize...the growth mindset should be …

For Effective Education Policy, Listen to Effective Teachers

<i>By Alice Johnson Cain</i><p>As a recent <i>Washington Post</i> article shows, two traditional allies -- the civil rights community and the nation's largest teachers union, the National Education Association -- are at odds over legislation to re-write the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). At the heart …

3 Takeaways from #ISTE2015

It’s that time of year again. The time that educators descend on various conferences around the nation, hoping to take away tools, strategies, and …

14 do’s and don’ts of successful tech integration

At the start of the 2015-2016 school year, every classroom in the school will have a high-quality widescreen projector, 62 iPads and 62 Chromebooks …

It's official: Minecraft enters education

Dive Brief:<p>Microsoft has launched education.minecraft.net, a new space for educators and players to talk about Minecraft, experiment, and develop …

How Do We Include All Kids?

If an American family has an exceptionally bright child, we can usually figure out how to surround them with the right educational opportunities to help them excel. The National Association for Gifted Children estimates there are 3 million gifted children currently in U.S. classrooms. According to …

Too Many Kids

School districts are packing more and more students into classrooms—and that’s pushing teachers out.<p>Erica Oliver has worked for the Atlantic City School District for a decade, teaching first grade and a few reading programs. Early in her career, Oliver typically taught no more than four students at …

Education