Kan. district leaders value collaboration | Your silence signals others to not speak up | Why now is the time for teachers to become leaders
February 16, 2018
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
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Management & Leadership
Kan. district leaders value collaboration
Kan. district leaders value collaboration
New Kansas school district Superintendent Michael Fulton and board of education President Brad Stratton say collaboration between administration, faculty, staff and the public is key to fostering student success. Fulton and Stratton also acknowledged growing diversity in the district and pledged to ensure each student receives equal educational opportunities.
Shawnee Mission Post (Prairie Village, Kan.) (2/14) 
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Your silence signals others to not speak up
Our behavior makes us leaders whether we are being quiet or dominating the room, writes clinical psychologist Richmond Fourmy. If we don't speak up, we encourage others to follow suit, but if we challenge or ask questions, others are more likely to enter the discussion, he writes.
Development Dimensions International (2/7) 
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Get a sneak peek of Amplify Science (K–8)
In these webinars, senior staff from the Lawrence Hall of Science provide background on the development of the NGSS-designed Amplify Science for grades K-8. Amplify Science experts will demo the phenomena-based program. Register now!
Career & Recruiting
Why now is the time for teachers to become leaders
As many districts around the US experience a teacher shortage, now is the time for teachers to step up and assume new leadership roles, writes Milwaukee educator Maripat Wilkinson. In this commentary, Wilkinson outlines five steps teachers can take to improve both the profession and their own careers.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (2/14) 
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Be careful what you put on your LinkedIn profile
Never criticize a company or a person on your LinkedIn profile, and don't post unprofessional or inappropriate images, writes Liz Ryan. Be aware that your comments on other people's blog posts and your status updates will appear on your profile, she writes.
Forbes (2/14) 
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Other News
Strategies to Support Adolescent Literacy
Did you know that 66% of 8th graders in the United States today cannot read complex text proficiently? Read the eBook to learn more about the current state of adolescent literacy, as well as actionable methods of supporting non-proficient adolescent readers in the classroom. Read the eBook.
Technology & Tools
Amazon makes technology donation to schools
Amazon recently donated eight pallets of technology gear -- totaling $230,000 -- to support science, technology, engineering and math programs in schools in Maricopa County, Ariz. The donation was part of the company's STEM Pro Live! partnership, which offers live tours of businesses and other programs for students.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model) (2/15) 
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Digital Curriculum to Strengthen Civic Engagement
Brown University's Choices Program offers social studies curriculum to prepare students for a complex and changing world. Our award-winning curriculum is now available online through individual and site licenses. Digital Editions are customizable and easy to use. Learn More.
Policy & Research
Ohio lawmakers propose education overhaul
Ohio lawmakers are proposing an overhaul that would combine several educational agencies, including the parts of the state education department, into one entity known as the Ohio Department of Learning and Achievement. Under the measure, the state board of education's role would be reduced to overseeing areas such as charter schools and teacher licensing and discipline.
The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (2/14) 
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Other News

Shake up your writing instruction. In Renew! literacy specialist Shawna Coppola provides a framework for rethinking how we teach the writing process, the tools we use, how we assess student writing, and our roles as writing teachers. A provocative, inspiring, and motivating read. Preview the entire book!
Guide to Choosing Digital Content and Curriculum (free download)
This resource is designed to address the challenges of moving from a print-based to a digital-based curriculum to help districts make the transition. Through providing effective practices and resources for districts, this guide allows you to plan for success, understand digital and curriculum options, and implement your program with fidelity.
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Addressing adverse childhood experiences in school
Whether abuse, hunger or an incarcerated parent, many students experience some form of trauma. Outside of the home, educators are often the first line of defense for students. By making the classroom a safe place with established norms, valuing student voice and being alert to unusual behaviors, educators can proactively support vulnerable students.
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