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March 11, 2013
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How to lead when things are clear as mud
Uncertain and confusing times are the real test of a CEO's leadership ability, writes Scott Eblin. It's important to communicate clearly, to be honest about known unknowns and to avoid disconnecting when the going gets tough. "In the absence of clear and relevant communications from you and with you, people are going to fill the vacuum with stuff they're making up. You don't want that. Stay engaged," Eblin advises. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (3/7)
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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
How to explain your job hopping to employers
If your resume shows you've switched jobs multiple times in several years, make sure to explain why you made each move and which skills you learned along the way, experts say. "Your resume should tell a story rather than just being a chronological laundry list of all the jobs you've held, which is very boring anyway," leadership coach Nancy Friedberg says. CNNMoney/Fortune (3/7)
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Technology & Tools
Fla. school district invests in electronic documents
A Florida school district is spending $10,500 to implement the Board Docs program and technology that allows it to post school board agendas and related documents online. Ahead of the first meeting at which the e-agendas were used, officials received training and IT employees were on hand to help board members through the transition. The district also is providing paper copies at meetings for those who want them. Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach) (3/7)
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Calif. school uses federal grant to pay for tablet rollout
A California school district plans to provide tablet computers for all students as part of a $2 million technology upgrade. Officials say that 81% of the project is being paid for through federal grants. In the Central Unified district, about 30 teachers now are using Samsung Galaxy tablets, and 900 will be using them next year ahead of 2015, when all students will receive tablets. KFSN-TV (Fresno, Calif.) (3/6)
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Policy & Research
Calif. commission considers additional ELL training for teacher interns
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing plans to require that intern teachers who join the field via alternative methods are subject to additional credentialing regarding English-language learners. Potential options include providing training before teachers enter the classroom, offering waivers and administering a competency test to determine if teachers are knowledgeable about ELLs. Education Week/Teacher Beat blog (3/8)
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Mo. schools plan for end of School Improvement Grants
Missouri school districts are facing the challenge of continuing progress at struggling schools after the federal School Improvement Grant program ends this year. Schools have used the extra funding to buy resources, provide teacher coaches and pay for state oversight. Now, some schools are looking for ways to keep moving forward when the funds run out. "I don't want to feel like it takes money to move students," superintendent Tiffany Anderson said. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/9)
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ASCD debuts new ASCD Master Class videos on leadership
We've added two new episodes to the ASCD Master Class series. Both are now available through ASCD's award-winning PD In Focus online application, which provides hundreds of hours of professional learning videos to educators worldwide. The first video focuses on student achievement and features ASCD authors of "Aim High, Achieve More" Yvette Jackson and Veronica McDermott. The second is all about instructional leadership, and features Mike Schmoker, author of the best-selling ASCD book "Focus." Learn more.
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Students first, not stuff
Addressing the needs of today's learner is about "rethinking classrooms to focus on individual passions, inquiry, creation, sharing, patient problem solving, and innovation," not about "layering expensive technology on top of the traditional curriculum," emphasizes educator, speaker, and author Will Richardson. In his March Educational Leadership article, Richardson explains what it means for technological change to become ecological and what ecological shifts educators need to make for the benefit of all learners. Read on.
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The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be."
-- Socrates,
Greek philosopher
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