Educational Leadership
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12/5/2016

School leaders must work to find the right blend of transactional and transformational leadership to avoid being seen as either too strict or too lenient by their staff and faculty, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers suggest. Leaders can be both a "boss" and "buddy," they write in this blog post, but should know when it's best to assume either role.

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Ann Myers, Jill Berkowicz
12/5/2016

Some Florida school districts are employing coaches, certified through a University of Florida program, to help teachers improve their instructional skills. Don Pemberton, director of the Lastinger Center for Learning, in this commentary suggests administrators work with coaches to clearly define their role and give them time to work with teachers.

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University of Florida
12/5/2016

School leaders can implement data-driven education by better leveraging the student data they collect and using pilot programs to demonstrate the effectiveness of such an approach, according to a report from the Center for Data Innovation. The report details how such programs can make learning more personalized and efficient and can foster innovation.

12/5/2016

Wyoming lawmakers are considering a measure to place a University of Wyoming official on the state school board as an ex-officio, nonvoting member. Supporters say the move would help the board create and implement broader education policies.

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University of Wyoming
12/2/2016

A Texas middle school is giving its fifth- and sixth-graders more choices in their learning to build their independence. Classrooms are configured to encourage student movement, and students are offered time during the school day to complete personalized lessons.

12/2/2016

Online incidents of racism and bullying among students have ethical implications for educators and school leaders, writes digital literacy expert and author Devorah Heitner. In this blog post, she discusses the need for adults to weigh their own role in this behavior and how to address the needs of victims and perpetrators.

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Devorah Heitner
12/1/2016

A Minnesota school district has expanded the national college-readiness program, Advancement Via Individual Determination, into third through fifth grades. Teachers receive training through the program to incorporate college skills and goals into their regular curriculum, such as taking students on college tours and teaching note-taking and organizational skills.

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Minnesota school district
12/1/2016

New department chairpersons at colleges and universities receive little, if any, training for their job, and what they do learn may not be sufficient to help them retain faculty, according to a study. Researchers found 67% of these new leaders received no training and, while the majority said they would do the job again, few say they aspire to higher administrative roles.

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InsideHigherEd.com
11/30/2016

To become strong leaders, teachers need to become involved in policy and political issues that concern the profession, plus find ways to support teacher-led professional development, Anthony Colucci, vice president of the Brevard Federation of Teachers, asserts in this commentary. In addition, teacher-leaders need to find mentors to help them grow their skills, he recommends.

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Anthony Colucci
11/30/2016

One Kentucky school district is paying special-education substitute teachers and paraprofessionals an extra $20 a day to help stem a shortage. Officials say they face a "critical shortage" of special-education teachers and have been splitting up classes and enrolling teachers during their planning periods to cover the gaps.

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Kentucky school district