Principal's success turns on this question | Workplaces need to be better about mental health issues | Superintendent reflects on college-readiness strategies
December 13, 2017
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for K-12 administrators
Management & Leadership
Principal's success turns on this question
Principal's success turns on this question
Richard Gordon IV, principal of Paul Robeson High School in Philadelphia, says the key question that helped the school improve its academic performance after nearly closing in 2012 is: "How do you get kids to love the idea of coming to school?" Gordon, who has been named the nation's top administrator by Education Dive, credits staff, community partners and students for the school's success.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (12/12) 
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Workplaces need to be better about mental health issues
The World Health Organization estimates poor mental health costs the global economy $1 trillion a year, so it's necessary employers create a culture where people feel as uninhibited to discuss mental health as they do physical health, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Listen to people and thank them for confiding, she writes, but avoid giving advice or pep talks.
SmartBrief/Leadership (12/12) 
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Overcome Disengagement, Encourage Math Success
Lack of student engagement in math isn't exactly rare, but there are proven strategies to address it. In his whitepaper, "Dealing with Disengagement: Methods for Improving Learning Outcomes in Math", Professor Ryan Baker offers suggestions for altering instructional design to improve engagement and math achievement. Get the white paper>
Career & Recruiting
Teacher-retention program set to end in S.C.
South Carolina education officials expect to lose thousands of educators in 2018 when a key retirement benefit is slated to end. Bernadette Hampton, president of the S.C. Education Association, says rural school districts will be especially hard hit by the expected exodus.
The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (free registration) (12/11) 
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How to end the year on a high point
How to end the year on a high point
Finish the year on a strong note by cleaning out your email inbox and sending thank-you notes to colleagues and managers, Suzanne Gelb writes. Set aside some time to improve your LinkedIn presence, and work on shifting to a healthier sleep routine in 2018.
The Muse (12/11) 
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Harvard’s National Institute for Urban School Leaders
Join our 6-day institute to examine successful practices from urban settings, and focus on strategies for improving teaching and learning and building community support for the work of schools. Learn more.
Technology & Tools
How one district aims to close the digital divide
A school district in California is considering providing students with Wi-Fi hot spots and technology in an effort to eliminate the digital divide among students. The proposed NSD Home Connect Program would be available in the district's five Title I schools.
The Signal (Santa Clarita Valley, Calif.) (12/11) 
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Unleash students’ creativity with coding & STEAM
We can't prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, but we can ensure they are future-ready. In an increasingly automated world, learning code won't be enough — what students are able to DO with code will be what matters. Learn more on how to use STEAM & coding to turn students into creative problem-solvers.
Policy & Research
Va. governor moves to stem teacher shortage
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe this week signed an executive order directing the state board of education to accelerate college programs for prospective teachers to stem a shortage of educators. The governor also included budgetary funding to automate teacher licensing and help minority teaching candidates pay for tests and test-preparation programs.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (12/11),  The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (12/12) 
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Tech that supports UDL principles, districtwide
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Ind., is renowned for its districtwide and decade-long application of Universal Design for Learning. Hear how a clear vision of UDL principles and goals for students and teachers framed this school's adoption of a learning management system. Includes questions any school or district can consider when implementing technology that removes barriers to access and engagement.
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The power of strengths in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria
The extremely adverse post-hurricane conditions have significantly impacted thousands of students and their families. In response, parents are taking actions that they hope are in the best interests of their children.
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Cast your vote today for educator voice
Voting for the annual Educators' Choice Content Award is still open. Select the one original content piece from the list that inspires you. The top 10 will move on to the next round of judging and will be in the running for the 2017 Educators' Choice Content Award. Vote by Dec. 15.
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