New superintendent looks to build positive culture | Are you aware of your presence? | Ky. district seeks to fill open teaching slots
September 24, 2018
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for K-12 administrators
Management & Leadership
New superintendent looks to build positive culture
New superintendent looks to build positive culture
New York school district Superintendent Jen Cappelletti says she wants to create a common vision for the district and maintain the positive culture that's been cultivated by her predecessors. Cappelletti, a former math teacher and principal, says she wants to get to know every student in her small district and build relationships.
Hornell Evening Tribune (N.Y.) (9/21) 
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Are you aware of your presence?
Are you aware of your presence?
(YouTube/John Baldoni)
Leaders with strong presence show support for employees through resources, coaching and appreciation, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "The leader supports the team, individually and collectively, by setting expectations and then following through with whatever is necessary to get the job done," he says.
SmartBrief/Leadership (9/21) 
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7 must-ask questions for fall testing
Do your fall assessments help you answer these seven critical questions? Join the webinar to see if your schools have the right data to make decisions at this time of year. You'll also learn an important next step—how to go from drawing insights to taking action. Register now
Career & Recruiting
Ky. district seeks to fill open teaching slots
One Kentucky school district is reviewing its hiring practices as it seeks permanent, certified teachers for about 100 classrooms, especially in math and special education. Currently, the classes are being taught by certified substitutes, and officials say about a quarter of them are moving toward becoming fully certified teachers.
The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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Be proactive at future-proofing your career
Stay ahead of changing technology at work by investing time to learn new skills that you see as beneficial to your career progression within the next five years. Use new skills as a way to create the position you really want within a company, Ashira Prossack writes.
Forbes (9/21) 
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Ignite Creativity. Transform School Culture.
creatED from Crayola connects the dots between design thinking, arts integration and PBL. Focusing on STEAM, multiliteracies, family engagement and leadership, creatED teaches educators to build creative capacity and use art to reach and teach every learner. Schedule a free preview session.
Technology & Tools
Students use AR to study Oklahoma City bombing
Ninth-grade students in one Oklahoma school are using augmented-reality technology to learn about the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum created the interactive AR experience with a $75,000 grant from Google.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (9/21) 
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Advancing Culturally Responsive Literature Instruction with Harvard’s Pamela Mason
Join us October 27 - 28 to deepen your insight in literature instruction that is relevant and responsive to your students, and collaborate with practitioners and colleagues to critique, and then create, curriculum that reflects culturally responsive literature instruction. Apply today!
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Policy & Research
Ky. education board mulls new graduation requirements
Kentucky students soon may have to meet new graduation standards, including passing foundation reading and math exams, under a proposal being considered by the state's board of education. If approved next month by the board, the standards would go into effect with students who are incoming freshman in the fall of 2019.
WFPL-FM (Louisville, Ky.) (9/23) 
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5 ways to help students ask better questions
When the only interaction students have with questions is preparing for tests, it can hinder their engagement with deeper inquiry. Students' ability to function in an increasingly complex world depends upon their capacity to ask meaningful questions that feed their curiosity and enhance discernment. Spark students' passion to question everything with these five tips.
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In an "age of division," teach students to argue well
If students have the skills to engage in productive dialogue with others, communicate their ideas and listen to others with differing opinions, they will be well-positioned to serve as the next generation of leaders and thinkers. To help them get there, teacher Sean Hackey suggests tools students can use to research and discuss issues they care about.
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