Educational Leadership
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12/8/2017

Some co-workers may not be receptive to typical time-management strategies, Karen Miller writes. These situations might require a conversation in which you express concern about the person's missed deadlines and ask whether there's a problem with your co-worker's professional or personal life.

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12/8/2017

Theater students at Central Washington University created and performed skits from 25 monologues written by middle-schoolers. The skits were chosen from short, personal monologues assigned to about 200 seventh- and eighth-graders in English class.

12/8/2017

Fifth-graders at an Oregon school worked with mentors at HP Inc. on designing a "Star Wars"-themed video game as part of the international Hour of Code. The school incorporates Chromebooks into lessons, but the coding event was the first time students used it for programming.

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12/8/2017

A new report from the Texas Education Agency shows that principals in the state have an average of nearly 20 years of experience and have been in their current jobs for about a dozen years. The data also show that charter schools tended to have leaders with fewer years of experience.

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12/7/2017

One way educators can promote reading across the curriculum is to have student-selected, independent reading in subject-area classes beyond English, language-arts teacher and instructional-support coach Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. She shares research supporting her ideas and describes how some history and science teachers support reading.

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12/7/2017

Sixth-graders from two Ohio middle schools will work with professionals at Avery Dennison to develop and market a fictional product: Willy Wonka meal-replacement gum. The students will work together to develop a prototype and package, and present their project.

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12/7/2017

States have made progress on including more school and district data on public report cards -- a requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act -- but more work is needed, according to a new analysis by the Data Quality Campaign. The analysis finds that 18 states still do not break out data for one or more student groups.

12/7/2017

Hourly, entry-level workers are more likely to stay in their jobs if they feel they're being treated fairly and given opportunities to advance, according to a new survey. Researchers say the data also showed 83% wanted more flexible schedules and more than half said they'd like to work more hours.

12/7/2017

Good leaders don't ignore the emotions of subordinates or themselves, writes Steve McKee. "A great deal of internal tension, lack of alignment, turf battles and even working at cross-purposes can result from unaddressed emotional undercurrents, and a leader who is blind to these dynamics (willingly or otherwise) won't be a leader for long," he writes.

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12/7/2017

The Indiana State Board of Education has revised high-school graduation requirements to stipulate that, besides completing a standard academic course load, students will demonstrate proof of both work-ready skills and postsecondary education plans. The latter plans can include a certain level of academic achievement, completion of a formal apprenticeship or an industry-recognized credential.