Principal seeks to empower teachers to grow | Hallmarks of a happy, effective workforce | Small talk is the key to better networking
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August 18, 2017
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for K-12 administrators
Management & Leadership
Principal seeks to empower teachers to grow
Principal seeks to empower teachers to grow
Georgia middle-school principal Darrell Stephens says his goal in his new job is to empower teachers and allow them to make mistakes as they find better ways to teach students. Stephens, a veteran and former superintendent, has won praise for his leadership, including being named the state's distinguished principal in 2015.
Neighbor Newspapers (Atlanta) (8/16) 
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Hallmarks of a happy, effective workforce
An environment of trust, appreciation and innovation helps people be happy and perform effectively and creatively, writes Larry Senn. Encourage others to be open to change, foster open communications and recognize successes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (8/17) 
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KQED Learning Launches New Online Hub
Explore a new hub for digital learning, uniquely focused on media literacy, media making and amplifying youth voice. Free standards-aligned professional learning courses and content introduce practical media skills for teachers. From KQED Learning, a PBS and NPR member station.
Career & Recruiting
Small talk is the key to better networking
If you want to become a better networker, you have to develop your ability to engage in small talk, writes Peter Gasca. Practice by working on encouraging others to talk about themselves instead of getting on your phone when you're in public without anything else to do, Gasca writes.
Inc. online (8/15) 
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Mo. district program turns students into teachers
One Missouri school district has begun a Grow Your Own Teachers Program that provides mentoring, financial support and job placement for students interested in becoming educators. Nineteen students are participating in the program.
KSDK-TV (St. Louis) (8/16) 
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Other News
Good Instruction Takes Strong Leaders
Read the Changing Practices whitepaper to discover the important role of leadership in instructional improvement and sustainable academic achievement. Also learn about a new course designed to build your leadership team's ability to drive change.
Technology & Tools
How interactive tech can boost learning
Students are 3.4 times more likely to succeed in classes where technologies that support group learning and collaboration are used, according to a study from SMART Technologies. Such interactive technologies, the researchers found, can contribute to improved social and emotional development and student confidence.
EdTech online (8/15) 
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"Shows teachers how to bring history alive within their classrooms...a wonderful resource."Ken Burns. Take the Journey gives you engaging, classroom-tested lessons focused on the 180-mile National Heritage area from Gettysburg to Monticello. Use the teaching strategies to explore historical places in your own community. Preview the entire book!
Policy & Research
Miss. changes how it grades schools
The Mississippi State Board of Education Thursday approved a new school-grading plan that will use current scoring methods and one that removes inflated expected test-score growth to more fairly judge schools during the 2016-17 year. All schools will be graded on a new, adjusted table in 2017-18, officials said.
The Associated Press (8/18) 
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Digital leadership in a digital world
Because we live in a technology-driven world with social media accessible at the tap and swipe of a smartphone, I thought, why not use it to promote and rebrand my school? Using social media as a tool was not something I considered until I became an administrator. In fact, when I went into education, I didn't think about the benefits of social media and using it to enhance my classroom or school culture. With Twitter, I was somewhat ignorant to its purpose, thinking it was meaningless pontificating, and, as a result, I was ignorant about its benefits as well. I suppose part of me was afraid of taking the risk of putting myself out there.
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