Elementary-school principal leads by example | Be mentally tougher by ignoring these 7 thoughts | Revised fellows program would target STEM educators
June 23, 2017
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for K-12 administrators
Management & Leadership
Elementary-school principal leads by example
Elementary-school principal leads by example
New Jersey elementary-school principal Patricia Aufiero says she tries to lead by example by setting high standards and creating a collaborative culture where students and teachers can thrive. Aufiero, who is retiring after 25 years at the school, is described by staff as an inspiring and compassionate leader.
NorthJersey (Woodland Park, N.J.) (free registration) (6/21) 
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Be mentally tougher by ignoring these 7 thoughts
Mental toughness means thinking of challenges as opportunities to overcome, writes LaRae Quy, who lists seven ways of thinking to get away from. Don't pretend pain or negativity can be avoided, or that emotions can't surface, and don't pretend you're nothing but a victim, she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (6/21) 
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Survey shows 2017 district staffing levels
The 2017 Budget, Staffing and Operations Survey Results analyzes data on budgeting, staffing per square foot, energy, safety and more from over 500 education professionals. This data serves as an annual benchmark for K-12 operations to use for resource planning and staffing levels.
2017 Budget and Staffing Survey
Career & Recruiting
Revised fellows program would target STEM educators
North Carolina lawmakers are considering a new version of the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program that would provide up to $8,250 per year to each of 160 students who study to become educators in science, technology, engineering and math or special education. The measure also forgives a year of loans for every two years a teacher remains in the classroom, with those in "low performing" schools receiving loan forgiveness for one year on the job.
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (6/21) 
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Think about more than just salary when reviewing offers
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It doesn't pay to focus too much on salary considerations when your benefits package often comprises about 30% of your overall compensation. Instead, take into account the medical insurance, paid time off and retirement benefits being offered, writes Susannah Snider.
U.S. News & World Report (6/22) 
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Other News
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. Nine concentrations available, including Educational Administration and Educational Policy. Learn more at our online EdD open house on July 13th at 2 pm EST. Register here.
Technology & Tools
Report: Google leads in education marketplace
Google is outpacing its competitors in the education-technology market, according to a report from the game-based learning platform Kahoot. The company surveyed its users and found that 58% were using Chrome operating systems.
T.H.E. Journal (6/21) 
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Policy & Research
Ala. education board scraps ACT Aspire test
The Alabama Board of Education this week voted to stop using the ACT Aspire test amid concerns about slow results and low student achievement. Schools next year are expected to use the Scranton assessment, which is used by 65% of schools in the state, officials said.
The Decatur Daily (Ala.) (6/22) 
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Teaching digital natives
Today's students are growing into adulthood in a totally different reality than that experienced by their teachers, and in order to provide an engaging environment, it is time to adjust. Cell phones present a huge research resource at the tip of our fingertips, yet are a constant power struggle in the classroom. So how do we balance? How do we meet the needs of today's students and provide them the tools they need to be successful for jobs that don't yet exist? Read now.
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Investigating the world through the standards in K-2
Children are born into a global society, yet K-2 curriculum tends to stagnate on provincial themes. A veteran literacy coach suggests Social Studies C3 and ELA Common Core-standards aligned units that provide a gateway to rigorous global education in the early grades. Use these ideas for unit themes and key concepts to bust the three big myths about literacy instruction in kindergarten through second grade. Read now.
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