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March 4, 2013
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Management & Leadership
How to develop authentic leaders
Developing authentic leaders requires training lower-ranking employees how to take on future leadership roles by giving them opportunities to complete projects, train other employees and be mentored and coached, writes Michelle Maldonado, creator of the Authentic Leadership Series for American Public University. "With each experience, organizations cultivate leaders who are self-regulated and possess critical skills that influence individual performance and contribute to organizational viability," she writes. Chief Learning Officer online (2/27)
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Why becoming the boss can be like being swept overboard
Abruptly being promoted into a leadership position is like being swept into "turbulent seas ... without a visible lifeboat," leadership coach and author Art Petty writes in this blog post. To stay afloat, it's important to be realistic about your new role, to work hard and humbly, and to support subordinates and superiors. "[I]t's up to you to sink or swim," Petty writes. ArtPetty.com (2/24)
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Career & Recruiting
Are you being naive about your career?
People who think the formula for success is to show up, work hard and get paid are in for some tough career lessons, blogger Alison Green writes in this post. For instance, your hard work will go unnoticed unless you advocate for yourself. Also, when things are going well, keep in mind that one bad boss can ruin everything, she writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (2/27)
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Technology & Tools
How to hold a "connected" workshop for educators
Principal Joe Mazza describes in this blog post an in-service workshop he organized at his school on using Twitter and other digital tools for professional development. The session featured four "connected" educators from Mazza's own professional learning community, who chatted with faculty at Knapp Elementary School in Lansdale, Pa., through Google Hangouts. Mazza offers excerpts from the session as panelists provided insights on what they've learned from their PLNs, tips on how to cultivate one, and examples of educators they like to follow on blogs and Twitter. Connected Principals blog (3/3)
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Tech-focused PD approaches are studied in Tenn. district
Researchers are studying professional development in the Memphis, Tenn., school district to determine which methods that include technology work best for teachers. Under review are two approaches, one that includes teachers videotaping themselves while teaching and having their recordings evaluated by a mentor. In the second approach, teachers are provided with various professional-development resources online. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (2/27)
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Policy & Research
Utah bill would allow publication of performance data for teachers
The average student test scores of each Utah teacher would be made public under a bill cleared by the state Senate Education Committee on Friday. Proponents of the bill say that parents ought to have the information to better serve students. However, opponents of the bill fear the data will be presented out of context and discourage teachers from instructing certain students, such as those who have learning disabilities or who are English-language learners. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/4)
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Why should we be so interested in STEM?
"There are some problems that can only be solved with the help of STEM," explains 2013 ASCD Annual Conference presenter and President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Freeman Hrabowski. In a video available on ASCD's conference webpage (bottom left) Hrabowski explains why UMBC's course redesign efforts began with STEM areas and why it's important to appreciate the arts and humanities, social sciences and STEM. Watch his clip.
How a comprehensive high school in Calif. is creating success
"Imagine if schools in South Chicago, South Philadelphia, or East Los Angeles sent 75 percent of their students to a four-year college," encourages educator and ASCD author Kadhir Rajagopal. "It is very possible to take any inner city or rural low-income school in America and transform [it] into a four-year college factory." In a recent Inservice interview, Rajagopal and communications specialist Julia Liapidova talk urban achievement and discuss the impact Rajagopal's CREATE model has had on students at his Sacramento, Calif., high school. Read on.
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