Principal aims to support students | What kind of legacy will you leave? | Ideas on increasing productivity at work
February 19, 2018
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for K-12 administrators
Management & Leadership
Principal aims to support students
Principal aims to support students
Tennessee middle-school principal Kevin Eady comes in early and stays late every day to show students that he supports them and wants to know them better. Eady says he seeks "teachable moments" with students to help them learn from their mistakes.
The Daily Herald, (Columbia, Tenn.) (2/18) 
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What kind of legacy will you leave?
What kind of legacy will you leave?
(YouTube/John Baldoni)
Obituaries can't tell the full story of a person, and so it is with leaders, whose true legacy is seen in how they affect others, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "For leaders, legacy is a sum of what you have done well and what you have done not so well," he says.
SmartBrief/Leadership (2/16) 
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Propel Student Achievement
Our Tiered Solutions for K-12 are curriculum programs and professional learning created to support your school improvement plan. Equitable instruction coupled with professional development helps educators transform the academic infrastructure needed for MTSS and RTI implementations. Learn more here.
Career & Recruiting
Ideas on increasing productivity at work
Get more done at work by setting smaller, more achievable goals, Liz Ryan writes. Make adjustments in your daily routine by letting go of the things that don't serve you anymore, and don't always rely on your to-do lists, Ryan adds.
Forbes (2/17) 
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Purdue U. to begin accelerated special-ed degree
A program beginning this fall at Purdue University offers an accelerated three-year degree for special-education teachers to stem a growing shortage. The fast-track program will offer instruction in areas such as using assistive technology.
Inside Indiana Business (2/19) 
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Earn Your Ed. D. in Educational Leadership
Rowan University offers a Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Leadership for P-12 educators who want to develop the leadership skills necessary to foster innovative and meaningful change within the preschool through secondary school environment. Learn More
Technology & Tools
Can a video game help curb stress?
Students at Missouri State University are studying whether a video-game program can help to curb stress. Students are testing the saliva of people who play the game, Alive, and comparing results with those who participate in mindfulness exercises.
KYTV-TV (Springfield, Mo.) (2/17) 
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Define Student Success with Growth Data
Growth measures what proficiency can't: improvement. It also provides data about learning in process so timely adjustments to instruction and intervention can be made. Review the infographic for 3 reasons to start measuring growth and how to do it.
Most Read by Superintendents

"You can't learn math without making mistakes." What's Right About Wrong Answers gives you 22 activities that focus on important ideas in grades 4-5 math. Each includes a summary of the content and highlighted error, Common Core connections, redproducibles, required manipulatives, and other tools. Preview the entire book!
Policy & Research
Ill. lawmakers seek to stem teacher shortage
Illinois lawmakers are considering several measures aimed at curbing the state's substitute-teacher shortage. One bill would allow students who have studied at least three years in university education programs to become substitute teachers.
Illinois News Network (2/16) 
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Making science stick
Hands-on learning in the science classroom sets objects and concepts within a real-world context. Students connect theory to experience and learning sticks. Get more insights on effective science instruction from the Smithsonian's Carol O'Donnell in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
Facilitating Teacher Teams and Authentic PLCs
In this new ASCD book, Daniel R. Venables draws on his extensive experience helping schools and districts implement effective PLCs to explore this crucial but often-overlooked need. Taking a two-pronged approach to PLC facilitation, Venables offers targeted guidance both for leading the people in teacher teams and for facilitating their work. Current and prospective PLC facilitators at every grade level will find this book an essential guide to navigating the challenging and rewarding endeavor of leading authentic PLCs.
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4 ways to create a positive school culture
The culture of a school has far-reaching impacts on every aspect of the organization. Student achievement, teacher effectiveness, teacher retention, community support and student enrollment are all affected by the explicit and implicit cultural attributes of a school. Read about four foundational ways to create a positive school culture.
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