Principals team up to host podcast on leadership | How to be a conscious leader | Calif. districts seek to boost teacher incentives
July 20, 2018
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
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Management & Leadership
Principals team up to host podcast on leadership
Principals team up to host podcast on leadership
Two Pennsylvania middle-school principals, Nicholas Indeglio and Jonathan Ross, host a podcast together dedicated to providing leadership tips and interviews with educators, authors and other guests. Ross says their "The Rock Star Principals' Podcast", which started in 2013, provides a community for principals, noting it can be "a solitary job."
The Mercury (Pottstown, Pa.) (7/19) 
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How to be a conscious leader
A conscious leader is self-accountable and more aware than egotistical leaders, Jennifer Cohen writes. To be a conscious leader, be mindful of your personal weaknesses and motivations, analyze the behavior and attitudes of close associates and meditate to reduce stress.
Forbes (7/19) 
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Young minds need exceptional leaders
If you've ever wanted to enhance your leadership capabilities, make this your moment. The sooner you do, the sooner you'll make positive changes in your workplace that could impact lifetimes. Our EdD graduates are transformative leaders, well-grounded with ethical perspectives. Explore the program.
Career & Recruiting
Calif. districts seek to boost teacher incentives
Several California school districts are battling a teacher shortage by hiring more noncredentialed teachers, and are providing mentors and extra support to boost retention. Other strategies include offering incentives that will increase salaries and retirement benefits.
The Bakersfield Californian (7/19) 
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Money isn't the most important thing in a job hunt
Salary is often less important than the opportunity to learn new things and build your reputation, Michael Arthur writes. "A successful job change will close one learning chapter in your career, and open another chapter," he writes.
Forbes (7/17) 
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Earn Your EdD Online from Drexel University
Make a difference in the future of education with Drexel University's online EdD in Educational Leadership and Management. No residency required and nine concentrations available, including Educational Administration and Educational Policy. Learn more.
Technology & Tools
Report highlights need for edtech training
Report highlights need for edtech training
School leaders and technology decision-makers should get input from teachers before purchasing technology, according to a report from MDR Education. The report, which surveyed 4,400 K-12 US educators, also found that teachers want more training on using the technologies in their classrooms.
EdScoop (7/19) 
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Grit is a game-changer for student success
Behind every basket scored are thousands of missed shots—even for the best of the best. The same grit that makes an elite athlete is also critical to student success, in school and in life. Learn eight ways to measure and improve grit and other SEL skills in your school district.
Policy & Research
Fla. education board sets rules for scholarship
The Florida State Board of Education has approved Hope scholarships that would provide public funding for students who have experienced bullying or other violence to move to a private, or different public school. The program is expected to be funded by voluntary redirection of sales taxes paid by residents buying a new or used car.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.) (7/18) 
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Teachers are doin' it for themselves
This issue of ASCD Express will explore the rise of job-embedded, teacher-led professional development -- and the challenges and opportunities it presents to schools. We'll look at how teachers are taking professional learning into their own hands through professional learning communities (PLCs), Edcamps, micro-credentialing, video study and social media. ASCD Express is looking for 600- to 1,000-word essays or brief multimedia content on the theme, "When teachers lead their own learning." Select the link for submission guidelines. Please send submissions to by September 15.
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Design Thinking for School Leaders
Alyssa Gallagher and Kami Thordarson, widely recognized experts on Design Thinking, explore the changing landscape of leadership and offer practical ways to reframe the role of school leader using design thinking, one step at a time. Leaders can shift from "accidental designers" to "design-inspired leaders," acting with greater intention and achieving greater impact.
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