October 27, 2021
ASCD K-12 Leadership SmartBrief
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Management & Leadership
How are districts managing shortage of bus drivers?
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School leaders across the country are working with ride-sharing companies, trimming bus routes, spacing out school start times, and increasing drivers' salaries and incentives, among other strategies to address an ongoing bus driver shortage, district officials say. Up to 80% of school districts responding to a joint survey from three school transportation associations said they've altered their bus service, and 65% said the shortage is their top concern this year.
Full Story: K-12 Dive (10/26) 
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Better writing and less awful PowerPoint presentations are two essential skills for communicating in the workplace today, write Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. "Where a picture can tell the story better, they should substitute meaningful charts and images in place of the words -- a critical step if they are going to cut by half the number of words in the presentation," they write.
Full Story: Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (10/25) 
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DOWNLOAD: 5 Ways To Support Creativity In Teaching
When teachers' creativity and today's technologies come together, they can unlock boundless opportunities to innovate lesson content creation and delivery. Download Logitech for Education's latest e-book to learn five ways to support creative teaching with technology.
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Career & Recruiting
Job applicants should work with a recruiter to get their resume in front of hiring managers; send a thank-you note via email or postal mail within 12 hours of an interview; and check back after two weeks with a mention of something from the interview or industry information worth sharing, career experts advise. Job-search strategist Kamara Toffolo also offers an unexpected step to take if you don't land the job.
Full Story: CNN (10/26) 
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Taking time to develop skills and showing patience when networking and executing ideas can pay off in the long-run, writes author and business school professor Dorie Clark. "A key part of playing the long game is building long-term relationships, and the fastest way to blow that up is to ask a new contact for a favor too soon," Clark writes.
Full Story: Next Big Idea Club Magazine (10/26) 
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Give Teachers the Tools for SBG
Technology may not be a fun part of your standards-based grading system, but it is an essential part. Teachers cannot implement SBG with software built on traditional grading paradigms, or worse, without any tools. Read on to understand how the right software can support your SBG vision.
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Technology & Tools
School leaders can take steps to make the most of technology license use at their schools by ensuring teachers are aware of available resources, writes STEM integration transformation coach Victoria Thompson. Leaders should ask educators about the tech resources they are using and which tools they find effective, as well as reevaluate license needs regularly, Thompson advises.
Full Story: Edutopia (10/26) 
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Taking a Multisensory Approach to K-5 Reading
Elementary school is a crucial time of growth in the educational journey of children, and strong literacy skills are a key facet of that journey. Using a multisensory approach to K-5 reading can lay a foundation for reading proficiency that lasts a lifetime. Learn how!
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Policy & Research
Va. district aims to close literacy gaps
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A Virginia school district's new Equitable Access to Literacy Plan aims to improve reading and writing across all grade levels. The curriculum is intended to improve literacy rates and help close gaps among certain student groups, including those with disabilities and English learners.
Full Story: WDVM-TV (Hagerstown, Md.) (10/23) 
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Creating Proficient Readers with Multisensory Literacy
Multisensory approaches to literacy have gained popularity in recent years as educators explore new ways to keep their students engaged. When combined with systematic and explicit instruction, multisensory literacy begins to move learners towards being proficient readers.
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New from ASCD
As schools address instructional gaps from this past year, educators should weed out instructional methods that are no longer (or maybe never were) serving their purpose. Read key takeaways from Persida and William Himmele's new book, "Why Are We Still Doing That? Positive Alternatives to Problematic Teaching Practices," on the ASCD Blog.
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It's time to stop wrestling with your problem on your own! Ask an ASCD expert and get information to help guide your practice.
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