Principal employs a "four L" philosophy | Lead using your unique talents | How a career coach can help advance your job search
October 20, 2017
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for K-12 administrators
Management & Leadership
Principal employs a "four L" philosophy
Principal employs a "four L" philosophy
Colorado high-school principal Kevin Denton says he brings a "four-L" philosophy to his job: to listen, to learn, to lighten the load and to lead with integrity. Denton says he's committed to bringing innovation to his new school and will pursue a whole child strategy with students.
Chaffee County Times (Buena Vista, Colo.) (10/19) 
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Lead using your unique talents
Discover what personal and creative strengths are unique to you, and use those to find your role in the workplace, writes Scott Mautz. He notes the story of filmmaker Nora Ephron, who used her writing and directing platform to send powerful messages and mentor other women.
SmartBrief/Leadership (10/19) 
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Create Effective Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in Math
Effective models for Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) include two broad components: increasing intensity through tiered instruction and developing informed, data-driven decisions. Learn about the essential elements necessary to plan, develop, implement, and refine MTSS in mathematics. Get the white paper>
Career & Recruiting
How a career coach can help advance your job search
When you can't seem to generate interest from employers despite having the necessary experience and skills, it may be time to work with a career coach, writes Karla Miller. "A career coach can help refine your resume and outreach messages and get more mileage out of your LinkedIn account -- for example, making yourself visible to well-connected recruiters and other professionals who can warm up cold contacts for you," Miller writes.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/19) 
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Districts struggle to find special-ed teachers
St. Louis area schools, especially those in low-income areas, are having trouble hiring and keeping special-education teachers. District leaders say they're especially interested in recruiting dual-certified teachers, but area colleges report a drop in students enrolled in special-education programs.
KWMU-FM (St. Louis) (10/20) 
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Other News
Ensure your technological integration is leading to deeper learning!
This timely and powerful guide outlines Sonny Magana's T3 Framework, a new model with more precise language to elevate instructional practices with technology and maximize student learning. Get your free tech goal-setting guide!
Technology & Tools
How to help teachers embrace new technology
School leaders can help teachers more easily embrace new technology by addressing their concerns and celebrating those who are leading the way in technology use in the classroom, writes educational consultant Matthew Lynch. Other strategies include allowing time for transition and creating a culture of innovation, he suggests in this blog post.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Get a sneak peak 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's Matt Reed will demo the phenomena-based program. Register now!
Policy & Research
Idaho ed board revises teacher certification rules
The Idaho State Board of Education on Thursday approved a mastery-based alternative path to teacher certification that would allow professionals with a college degree and expertise in certain areas to fill teaching jobs. Critics say the policy weakens teacher certification, but supporters say it will allow more people to become teachers.
Idaho Education News (Boise State University) (10/19) 
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Other News
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
What to do when the school year is off to a rocky start
There are countless articles out there about planning for the coming school year and how to make it successful; we've posted many of them on our blog! But what nobody seems to mention is, what do you do when the year has started out and it, frankly, sucks? As teachers and school administrators, we've put our thoughts down about reclaiming your classroom (and your mental health).
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New ASCD Quick Reference Guides
ASCD Quick Reference Guides cover fundamental education topics in a handy format that's perfect for time-pressed study groups or individuals. Written by recognized experts, the guides are packed with instructional tips and solutions that you can put into practice right away.
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