You can't lead by being distant | How districts can balance needs with teachers' compensation | Fla. lawmakers spar over pension-overhaul plan
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March 27, 2013
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Management & Leadership
How school leaders can become "technology masters"
School leaders need to become "technology masters," who help teachers make the transition to the digital age and support schoolwide technology plans, according to Scott Klososky, the keynote speaker at a recent conference. In this blog post, Anne O'Brien, deputy director of the Learning First Alliance, shares Klososky's model for school leaders. It includes developing technology guideposts for the school, fostering an adaptive culture, developing a quality technology team and developing processes around technology, she writes. O'Brien's blog (3/26)
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You can't lead by being distant
The best bosses aren't afraid to get involved when it comes to feedback, coaching and mentoring, writes Linda Sharkey. "While feedback is essential, how you deliver it is also critical. As the leader, don't distance yourself from others -- instead, get involved and stay involved," she advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/22)
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Career & Recruiting
How districts can balance needs with teachers' compensation
School districts must strike a balance between professional needs and providing competitive compensation for teachers, note Regis Anne Shields, an independent consultant, and Karen Hawley Miles, president and executive director of Education Resource Strategies. In this commentary, they suggest districts "flip the value," by considering who the right candidates are before determining how much they will offer, expand beyond salary and benefits, and customize value propositions based on the district's needs. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (3/26)
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Fla. lawmakers spar over pension-overhaul plan
Florida's House has passed a measure calling for the closure of the state's pension system and the diversion of new public employees into a 401(k)-style plan. The state Senate, however, is resisting the overhaul. "I think it would be a cold day before we would change our position on this bill," said Republican state Sen. Wilton Simpson. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (3/24)
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Technology & Tools
Fla. district uses technology to track buses, students
Officials in Broward County, Fla., plan to install GPS tracking on school buses and issue ID badges for students that are outfitted with tracking devices to record when and where students get on school buses. The technology upgrades were launched to correct what were seen as deficiencies with the transportation system. Officials say the technology will help provide a greater level of accuracy and accountability. The Miami Herald (free registration) (3/23)
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Policy & Research
States seek to assess schools' learning conditions
About 11 states are utilizing federal grant funds to evaluate the climate in some of their high schools -- using a scorecard to assess schools' handling of safety and discipline, as well as students' engagement and connection to school. The effort is backed by $37 million in Safe and Supportive School grants from the U.S. Department of Education. As states begin to implement the Common Core State Standards, supporters say the focus on climate -- or the conditions in which students learn -- has become increasingly important. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (3/26)
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ASCD names 2013 elected leaders and affiliate awards recipients
We're pleased to announce Becky J. Berg -- superintendent of the Deer Park School District in Deer Park, Wash., -- as ASCD's new president. "Becky's commitment to advocating for both whole child education and sustained, job-embedded professional development for educators makes her the perfect choice to serve as ASCD's new President," said ASCD CEO and Executive Director Gene R. Carter. Read our press release to learn more about Berg, our president-elect, new members of the ASCD Board of Directors, and ASCD affiliates being recognized for their excellence.
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Teacher leadership
As he looks around his school, elementary school principal Steven Weber sees teachers serving as leaders. Some of them support student safety each day as kids arrive and depart from school. Others take part in designing and revising curriculum. In his recent ASCD EDge blog post, Weber encourages colleagues to take a look at their own schools. "If you don't have teacher leaders in these roles, there may be one or more teachers waiting for you to recognize their talents," he writes. Read on.
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To know oneself, one should assert oneself."
-- Albert Camus,
French author, journalist and philosopher
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