Teacher, student support key to school turnaround | Generation Z employees need direct communication | Don't let job-search time go to waste
November 11, 2019
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for K-12 administrators
Management & Leadership
Teacher, student support key to school turnaround
Teacher, student support key to school turnaround
Utah junior high school principal Mary Bosso says turning around her academically struggling school has been a challenge and requires interventions for students and support for teachers. "They are working hard together for what's best for kids and that's what it takes to turn a school around," Bosso says.
Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (11/8) 
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Generation Z employees need direct communication
A ServiceNow survey found that 83% of Generation Z employees say they prefer face-to-face communication with their managers, while a different survey said 82% of managers thought Gen Z employees preferred to communicate by instant message. Other issues relevant to them are a desire for coaching and the need to manage heavy student debt loads.
HR Dive (11/7) 
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Debunk These Common Progress Monitoring Myths
Progress monitoring supports student growth toward learning goals. But despite its proven benefits, some teachers may be slow to adopt this growing practice because they don't understand it. Review 10 misconceptions around progress monitoring to set the record straight. Start reading.
Career & Recruiting
Don't let job-search time go to waste
Each job search is unique and some may take longer than others, writes career expert Kourtney Whitehead, but that doesn't mean you have to take a bad job or that you're skills are no longer marketable. Instead, she advises, use time during a search to learn new skills, start your own company or volunteer.
Forbes (11/10) 
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Job-sharing helps district meet special-ed needs
Georgia's DeKalb County School District has had difficulty filling vacancies for special-education teachers. The district has gotten creative to fill the gaps by recruiting retired teachers who team up to work a half day each to provide a full day of classroom coverage.
WABE-FM (Atlanta) (11/5) 
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Other News
Introducing Science of Reading: The Podcast
Science of Reading: The Podcast delivers the latest insights from researchers and practitioners in early reading. Listen and subscribe now!
Technology & Tools
Tips on enhancing lessons with tech
Tips on enhancing lessons with tech
Technology is a tool that can enhance but does not replace quality teaching, according to long-time educator Anne Jenks. In this blog post, she and other educators share guidelines to help peers ensure that education technology contributes value to lessons and doesn't distract from learning.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (11/10) 
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Other News
When joy is at the heart of teaching, learning is memorable.
Start with Joy by Katie Egan Cunningham links what we know from the science of happiness with effective literacy instruction. By infusing school days with joy, teachers can support children become stronger readers, writers, and thinkers. Read today!
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Policy & Research
Ga. revises graduation testing requirements
Georgia students who take certain Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses won't have to take state end-of-course exams in those subjects under a new policy approved last week by the state Board of Education. State superintendent Richard Woods says the change "is another step toward more reasonable, student-focused testing in Georgia."
The Associated Press (11/7) 
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New from ASCD
The Need for Research-Based Literacy Professional Development
Teachers, not programs, teach students how to read, yet many are not well prepared to teach all students to read, including those who struggle. Learn how LETRSĀ® professional development fills the gaps and translates the extensive body of research about language and literacy development into effective classroom practice.
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Tell us about how your school listens to students' voices
We want to hear your stories. In each issue, Educational Leadership's "Tell Us About" column publishes brief contributions from readers describing their experiences related to that issue's theme. For the March 2020 issue, we'd like to hear about a time your school listened to students' voices and changed as a result. Share your 100- to 200-word submission by December 20. Share your experience.
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