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May 20, 2019
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for K-12 administrators
Management & Leadership
Principal seeks connections with students, teachers
Principal seeks connections with students, teachers
Connecticut high-school principal Joseph Blake says he rarely spends time at his desk because he wants to be involved in students' lives and encourage them to stay in school. Blake, who has been named 2019 principal of the year by the Connecticut Association of Schools, is described by teacher Gary Baumgartner as someone who sees teachers as partners whose ideas are valued.
Journal Inquirer (Manchester, Conn.) (tiered subscription model) (5/17) 
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Small "I" phrases that present you in a good light
Show you have confidence in your ideas by saying "I know," "I assure you," or "I envision," along with other powerful phrases to build people's confidence in you, writes Judith Humphrey. This might require a shift in language -- for instance, ditching "I think" for "I believe."
Fast Company online (5/16) 
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Use Student Growth Data for Fall Planning
This spring, take time to review student growth data. This article helps you make sense of student growth data and use it for future goal-setting in MTSS. Learn what typical growth is, how it's measured and how much additional growth some students need to reach learning goals. Read the article.
Career & Recruiting
4-day week could become district recruiting tool
One South Carolina school district is considering switching to a four-day week in an effort to recruit and retain teachers. District officials say they will open the idea up to public comment before deciding on implementation.
WCSC-TV (Charleston, S.C.) (5/18) 
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Is it time to let a side gig move front and center?
People often find their side hustle is more fulfilling than their full-time job, writes career consultant Joseph Liu. These seven questions help them decide if it's feasible to make a living from their passion.
Forbes (5/14) 
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What does equity-based literacy instruction look like?
Learn strategies to help students crack the written code, deepen background knowledge, and tackle complex, grade-level texts. Discover the 4 pillars of equity today with our free e-brief. Download now.
Technology & Tools
Smart helmets to help with safety for N.C. school's team
A North Carolina school will outfit its football players next year with helmets that have sensors to alert coaches about players' hits to the head. District officials hope the technology will prevent concussions.
WBTV-TV (Charlotte, N.C.) (5/17) 
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Fostering Independent Writers
Help your young writers take charge of their own writing with Jennifer Jacobson's, No More,"How Long Does It Have to Be?" for grades 3–8. Order today and be rewarded with a more gratifying writing time for you and your students, no longer hearing those dreaded words: "How long does it have to be?"
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Policy & Research
Study: Teacher experience linked to student scores
Hispanic and African-American students in California had higher math and English-language scores in schools where their teachers had more experience and qualifications, according to a new study. Earlier studies, however, showed that a disproportionate number of African-American and Hispanic students in the state were being taught by inexperienced teachers.
EdSource (5/17) 
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New from ASCD
College Admission Testing Equity for High School Students
Obstacles to college admission for students in middle- and low- income brackets often start with the testing process. Read this SmartFocus on how SAT School Day from the College Board is boosting equality in college admission testing.
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What the Teens Say They Really Need from Schools
For the latest issue of EL, editors reached out to several teens across the country, inviting them to share their school experiences and what their biggest challenges are. We asked them: What do you most need from your school, your teachers, your community? Here's what they said.
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