Principal transformed school by giving hope to students | Don't assume the worst in others | 3 tips for encouraging, inspiring your team
July 8, 2020
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
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Management & Leadership
Principal transformed school by giving hope to students
Former principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman helped turn around an urban high school by focusing on discipline, rewarding students for good behavior with field trips and talking to students about policy matters. She also used her entrepreneurial spirit to bring football back to the school by going to the US Department of Justice after the city turned her down.
Full Story: District Administration magazine online (7/8) 
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Leaders need to be patient, open-minded and specific when trying to resolve conflict or change an employee's behavior, writes Marlene Chism. She offers three actions to take, including exploring your assumptions and owning your role in the problem.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (7/7) 
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Exploring Micro-credential Policies in the U.S.
How are states and districts across the U.S. engaging with micro-credentials? Explore micro-credential policies and implementation stories with Digital Promise's interactive map, which illustrates the growing national momentum around micro-credentials.
Career & Recruiting
Many schools will perform daily screenings of students and staff if in-person learning returns in the fall, and districts are figuring out who will perform these screenings as many school nurses won't have the time on top of their regular duties. In New Mexico, the state faces a school nurse shortage, particularly in its rural areas.
Full Story: Las Cruces Sun-News (N.M.) (7/3) 
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With everything going on in the world, distractions come easily, but Nick Wolny has steps to achieve deep focus and get work done. To tap into deep work, turn off notifications and emails, set a work goal and exercise to increase focus and attention, writes Wolny.
Full Story: Fast Company online (7/6) 
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Technology & Tools
Teachers who graduated this year are the first wave of educators to earn their credentials during this period of remote instruction. Cesar Palafox, who hopes to teach in Chicago Public Schools in the fall, said his remote student teaching experience taught him a lot about technology and e-learning.
Full Story: WBEZ-FM (Chicago) (7/6) 
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Policy & Research
School language programs in Utah and California could lose international educators who were traveling to the U.S. as a result of the Trump Administration's recent immigration and work visa ban affecting foreign workers. The ban is set to run until the end of the year, leaving teaching positions open and the future of programs uncertain.
Full Story: KSL-AM/FM (Salt Lake City) (7/5),  The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (7/3) 
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New from ASCD
Educators cannot be their best selves in the service work of teaching if they don't take care of themselves first. One state teacher of the year shares the wake-up call that saved her life in hopes of helping other educators who are struggling emotionally to know they are not alone.
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The free Summer 2020 digital-only issue of EL examines the multifaceted topic of time in schools -- how it influences educators' practice and the way schools are structured, and how education leaders can use it more effectively. We highlight time-management strategies to help educators become better organized and achieve work-life balance, and also spotlight how educators are preparing for a new school year with the coronavirus crisis still ongoing. Read the new issue of Educational Leadership.
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