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. Edutopia.org/Anne O'Brien's blog
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
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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 EdWeek.org)
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.)
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.
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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