January 15, 2021
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
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Management & Leadership
N.Y. district offers school-based COVID-19 testing
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City School District of Albany, N.Y., Superintendent Kaweeda Adams responded to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the district by offering voluntary, rapid nasal-swab tests to all staff and students. The school-based testing expands access and equity of efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, Adams said.
Full Story: District Administration magazine online (1/14) 
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Smart leaders recognize when they're being overtaken by bad habits such as trying to control everything, creating too many rules or thinking they don't need feedback or advice, writes Lolly Daskal. "Even smart, committed leaders have blind spots, and you may be needlessly frustrating and irritating people with unthinking behavior and attitudes," she writes.
Full Story: Lolly Daskal (1/14) 
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Have the right data for the new normal?
Can educators get the high-quality assessment data they need to inform instruction? What is the role of state and district assessment data this year? Join our live webinar for a panel discussion of these questions from the perspectives of research, policy, and practice.
Career & Recruiting
Organizations want to keep their best talent as long as possible, but ineffective onboarding can make this difficult. Here are six suggestions to make onboarding as employee-friendly as possible.
Full Story: Business 2 Community (1/14) 
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Technology & Tools
Hawaii online portal to offer lessons, resources
Hawaii will use part of a $10 million federal grant to establish the Hawaii Online Portal for Education -- an open-source digital resource that includes free lesson plans and other materials. Educators will begin work this summer to create the platform, which is expected to be available in 2022.
Full Story: Honolulu Civil Beat (1/14) 
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Data privacy created by third-party applications is a danger to school districts, writes Katie Fritchen, who offers six best practices for administrators. Fritchen's final suggestion: Use automated tools to govern apps and avoid violations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Full Story: ManagedMethods (1/14) 
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Policy & Research
Middle-school and early high-school students may be at the biggest risk for long-term effects of pandemic trauma, as research out of Denmark shows that young adolescents experiencing family dysfunction have at least a 43% greater chance of having problems in adulthood than those who don't. Educators can help students by helping them recognize how they have overcome challenges and made progress during this time, the Association for Middle Level Education recommends.
Full Story: Education Week (1/14) 
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New from ASCD
Consultant and speaker Baruti Kafele talks frankly about his challenges to be healthy mentally and physically when he was a school principal and gives advice for leaders who are struggling with the mental balancing act. This article, part of Educational Leadership's special issue on "Mental Health for Educators," is free and open to all users through June.
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Magic happens when all staff clearly define how everyone will work together to achieve the school's vision and mission. To generate core values that are powerful and useful, it's important for school leaders to get everyone's buy-in.
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Editor's Note
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief will not publish Jan. 18
In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief will not publish Monday, Jan. 18. Publication will resume Wednesday, Jan. 20.
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