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March 13, 2013
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Why better management training is key to retaining good educators
More professional development for current principals and teachers aspiring to become leaders could address many of the job-satisfaction issues cited by educators in a recent survey, Elizabeth Neale and Jonas S. Chartock, heads of two educational leadership nonprofits, write in this commentary. "Before they are asked to take on prospective executive leadership roles, new principals and teacher-leaders should be well grounded in the skills needed to manage adults," they write. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (3/13)
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The power of treating people with respect
Leaders who focus more on "why people can't be trusted" than communicating openly risk turning off team members who can be trusted and care about doing a good job, Karin Hurt writes. "In fact, the more you treat others with deep respect, the more likely the team will work to reject any member acting inappropriately," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/8)
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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.
Career & Recruiting
The danger of social networking
Mixing your professional and personal lives on social media can enhance your likability, but oversharing can make you seem less competent, according to a study by three business school professors. One of the major pitfalls of social media is that people don't actually see how others are reacting to their posts, which makes it harder for people to recognize when they're breaching the boundaries of professionalism. MediaPost Communications (3/8)
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Preparing for commonly asked interview questions
Be ready to talk about your biggest achievements and what excites you about the job before the interview, career coach Alison Green writes in this blog post. These are common questions interviewers ask along with why you think you'd do well at the job. "[I]f you can't make a compelling case for why you'd be fantastic in the role you're applying for, it's unlikely that the interviewer is going to take the time to piece one together on her own," Green writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (3/6)
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Technology & Tools
Should E-rate program pay for off-campus investments?
The federal E-rate program reimburses schools for investments in technology -- but only those that occur on campus -- according to some officials who say the restriction is limiting their ability to improve learning for students. Some are seeking to grow the scope of the $2.3 billion program as schools continue to focus on expanding learning outside of the traditional school day and the classroom. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (3/14)
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Policy & Research
Neb. takes second look at common core
Nebraska, which opted out of the Common Core State Standards, now has authorized a company to compare its own standards with those adopted by 45 other states. The examination comes as some educators have speculated that the state's decision on the common core could be costly if Congress ties the reauthorized No Child Left Behind to the adoption of the common core. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (3/12)
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Three strategies for encouraging and developing student voice
Do you want to help students develop voice and the confidence to use it? "Start by assessing the culture of your classroom or school," recommends 2012 ASCD Emerging Leader Dawn Imada Chan. In her recent ASCD Express article, she offers steps education leaders can take to incorporate student voice into different facets of the school experience. Read on.
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Making teacher observation matter
"In the high-stakes world of teacher evaluation, we must remind ourselves that the most important aim of observation and evaluation is not rating teachers, but strengthening teaching and learning," writes ASCD EDge community member Laurie McCullough. In her ASCD Forum-themed post, McCullough joins the conversation around how best to define and measure teacher and principal effectiveness, and she shares her take on the essential elements of classroom observation. Read on.
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Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him."
-- Romain Gary,
French diplomat, novelist, film director and aviator
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