Lessons from King's leadership style | Iowa superintendent emphasizes computer science | Principal builds rapport through haircuts
January 21, 2020
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Management & Leadership
Lessons from King's leadership style
Lessons from King's leadership style
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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s shared-power leadership style can be beneficial to school leaders, former teacher Michael McQuillan writes in this commentary. King used dialogue to empower, and education leaders can similarly use one-on-one meetings with staff to uncover obstacles and identify possible allies as well as those who are ready to take on higher-level positions, McQuillan writes.
Education Dive (1/17) 
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Iowa superintendent emphasizes computer science
Barb Schwamman, award-winning superintendent of Osage Community Schools and Riceville Community School District in Iowa, stresses the importance of computer science in the schools. Under her leadership, computer science is a graduation requirement at Osage, students in all grades can explore coding and technology, and teachers are learning ways to integrate computer science into other subjects.
Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) (1/17) 
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Try these free materials that will engage your classroom in a heartbeat
Middle schoolers can bring Poe to life in a mysterious multimedia murder quest. Elementary students will have fun building knowledge through videos, then sharing a rich read-aloud. Read Today.
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Career & Recruiting
What leadership style does research favor?
Research suggests that leaders with high levels of discipline and love have better-performing teams and less turnover than leaders who try to please or rule over employees, writes John Eades, CEO of LearnLoft. "Leaders whose style is to elevate their employees report having high-performing teams at rates better than all other styles combined," he writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (1/16) 
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Employee engagement should start with a framework
Companies should consider formal employee engagement frameworks that start by listening to employee concerns and getting executive buy-in, writes Sarah Fister Gale. The framework becomes reality when companies show managers how to be coaches, communicate regularly about engagement efforts to employees and conduct surveys to measure results, she writes.
Workforce online (1/15) 
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Exposing and Learning from Success in Lane, OK
It started when the superintendent from a small district in rural Oklahoma visited a nearby high-performing high-poverty district and continues today with both learning from each others' success. Hear the story on ExtraOrdinary Districts Season 2.
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Technology & Tools
Districts improve outcomes with mobile learning
Pinellas County Schools and Baltimore County Public Schools were honored as 2019 Districts of Distinction at FETC 2020 for innovative programs that enhance student outcomes. Pinellas' Personalized Learning Pathways uses a mobile platform to provide lessons and track student progress, while Baltimore schools has a Mobile Innovation Lab that travels throughout the district to provide hands-on STEM lessons.
District Administration magazine online (1/16) 
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Preorder The CAFE Book, Expanded Second Edition!
Effective reading instruction is not about the setting, the basal, or the book level. It's about learning what students need in the moment and knowing how to bring them forward. Learn how to set your students up for success with the tools and resources inside The CAFE Book.
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Policy & Research
Proposal to convert to K-8 faces opposition
Superintendent Matthew Duffy of West Contra Costa Unified School District in California proposed converting several K-6 schools into K-8 schools and possibly opening an arts campus in response to declining middle-school enrollment. However, middle school staff, the school board and several community members say further research and community engagement about the idea is needed.
EdSource (1/17) 
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New from ASCD
Integrating Mental Health Into School Safety
With growing funding for school safety, many schools are looking to adopt a comprehensive approach that includes mental health. This white paper explores how schools can play a role in supporting student safety and well-being, and how administrators can build the case for funding evidence-based mental health prevention and early identification. Download the white paper here.
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ASCD Policy Priorities / Do We Really Want Education in the Campaign Spotlight?
The presidential campaign season will begin in earnest this February with the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Which means it's now time for the quadrennial complaint from the K-12 cognoscenti about the failure of the candidates -- or the voting public -- to make education a top campaign issue.
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