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March 6, 2013
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Management & Leadership
What traits do leaders need to help change schools?
Administrators who are agents of positive change for schools are approachable, able to lead by example and willing to build strong relationships, writes George Couros, division principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with the Parkland School Division in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. In this blog post, Couros offers five characteristics of leaders who are catalysts for change in their schools. "The best leaders may have all of these qualities but also empower others to be those 'change agents' as well to build a culture of leadership and learning," Couros writes. Connected Principals blog (3/2)
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Leaders should serve themselves some humble pie
The best leaders tend also to be the most humble, John Baldoni says in this video. Business schools might not teach humility, but bosses who can check their egos at the door are more likely to command respect and loyalty. "Leaders who value humility are the ones other people want to follow," Baldoni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/1)
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Career & Recruiting
What is causing frequent principal turnover in Maine?
The role of the principal is changing with new accountability measures, longer working hours and the increased pressure of managing more people, programs and students, according to surveys and interviews of administrators and principals in Maine and elsewhere. "Now, the high school principal in many ways is the superintendent, the business manager, the curriculum director and the high school principal," principal Christian Elkington said. The stress is leading to high turnover with about one-third of Maine principals changing jobs every two years, one survey showed. Portland Press Herald (Maine) (3/4)
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Why you should care about your grammar
A small sampling of LinkedIn profiles found a correlation between the number of grammar errors people had and the number of promotions they had received, writes Brad Hoover, CEO of Grammarly. "[T]his data set clearly supports the hypothesis that good grammar is a predictor of professional success," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (3/4)
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Technology & Tools
Fla. could tie computerized exams to technology capabilities
Lawmakers in Florida are considering legislation that would allow the state to postpone the implementation of new computerized exams until district information-technology systems are adequately prepared. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has proposed spending about $100 million to upgrade districts' technology infrastructure to handle the computerized exams, required under the Common Core State Standards, but districts have said that will not be enough. The state Department of Education requested $441.8 million for technology upgrades. StateImpact (3/4)
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Policy & Research
More principal evaluations are tied to student achievement
Twenty-two states will implement new principal-evaluation systems within the next two years, and many plan to use measures of student achievement -- including test scores -- for up to 35% to 50% of the evaluation. Some, including national principals' associations, suggest student-achievement measures should make up no more than 35% of an evaluation. However, supporters of the trend say it focuses principals' attention on student achievement and holds them accountable for these goals. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/6)
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How an ASCD institutional membership can support your work
ASCD institutional membership is available to any school or district interested in creating or strengthening its professional development program. The institutional membership offers educators group access to professional learning tools, publications, online research archives and more. Learn about the specific member benefits associated with this type of ASCD membership and find out how you can use it to grow your professional learning community.
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Evaluating teachers -- A snapshot
Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind waiver requirements have prompted states to make major changes to teacher evaluation policies, and the latest Policy Points takes a closer look at what's happening across the U.S. You'll find state-by-state data that shows how often states evaluate teachers, how many levels states use to rate teachers, and how much of a teacher's evaluation is based on student data. Read on.
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-- Anna Lappé,
American writer, speaker and activist
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