Principal seeks to connect with students | The liberating results of putting family first | Mass. principal says adult support is key to student success
October 17, 2018
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for K-12 administrators
Management & Leadership
Principal seeks to connect with students
Principal seeks to connect with students
Kansas high-school assistant principal James O'Brien says he believes his job is to build connections with students so they will take ownership of their own learning. O'Brien, who has been named the Area IV Assistant Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals, says he's honored by the award but that more people should be recognized for their dedication.
The Newton Kansan (Kan.) (10/16) 
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The liberating results of putting family first
Carving out more family time is possible if you're able to streamline work goals and stick to a schedule, writes James Sudakow, who spent a year setting boundaries between work and home, as well as talking with other fathers about the issue. "With no guilt, I was able to set better boundaries around work, which ultimately made me more focused, efficient and effective," he writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (10/16) 
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Predictive Data That's Teacher Friendly
Schools can be confident students are on the right track with Istation's computer-adaptive intervention and instruction. Easy-to-use reports cover research-based skills proven to predict student success in reading, math, and Spanish literacy. READ MORE
Career & Recruiting
N.H. schools battle substitute teacher shortage
New Hampshire education officials say low unemployment rates have resulted in a reduced pool of substitute teachers in the state. Although some schools have tried offering higher pay, Carl Ladd, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, says substitutes remain difficult to hire.
New Hampshire Public Radio (10/15),  Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (10/14) 
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"Co-drive" technique wards off burnout and boosts productivity
Periodically disregarding your own career growth and focusing instead on others' can keep burnout at bay and increase your career trajectory in the long term, writes executive coach Merete Wedell-Wedellsborg. "Here is the paradox: You can actually speed things up by slowing down," she argues.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (10/15) 
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WEBINAR: Active Reading in middle school science
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Technology & Tools
Were you emailed an invoice? Think before you click
Sixty-six percent of hacker attempts in education involve a ruse aimed at getting the recipient to select an attached invoice, according to a report from the digital security vendor Cofense. Other common ploys include a payment notification and an online order.
T.H.E. Journal (10/15) 
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Achieve Unprecedented Levels of School Performance
The Marzano High Reliability Schools framework has helped educators around the world drive continuous improvement in their schools. Bring Marzano Research experts on site to learn how your team can use the HRS framework to dramatically increase student achievement and school effectiveness. Learn more
Policy & Research
New school safety drill gets parents involved
Some schools in the Pacific Northwest are implementing a new kind of safety drill meant to smooth the process of reunification of students with their parents after an emergency such as an earthquake. During the drill, school officials verified parents' identification to ensure every student was reunited with an approved adult.
Jefferson Public Radio (Ashland, Ore.) (10/16) 
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"You'll find this book incredibly helpful."Mike Flynn. Why Write in Math Class? K-5 by Linda Dacey helps you build on the success of math talk to get a window into students' thinking and help them construct, explore, represent, refine, connect, and reflect on mathematical ideas. Preview the entire book!
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5 tips for successful SEL implementation
Principals value SEL but need greater support to effectively implement schoolwide SEL programming, according to a 2017 survey by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). While change doesn't happen overnight, a well-planned initiative can make a difference. One principal provides a framework for ushering in and sustaining a thriving SEL initiative.
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ASCD Express calls for content: The Tech-Savvy School
How does a school become a leader in innovation -- one that takes advantage of advancements in digital technology in meaningful and fully integrated ways? This issue will explore how school leaders effectively implement new technology that deepens learning and better supports teachers. ASCD Express is looking for 600- to 1,000-word essays or brief multimedia content. Send your submissions to by November 15.
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