City School District of Albany, N.Y., Superintendent Kaweeda Adams responded to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the district by offering voluntary, rapid nasal-swab tests to all staff and students. The school-based testing expands access and equity of efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, Adams said.
Smart leaders recognize when they're being overtaken by bad habits such as trying to control everything, creating too many rules or thinking they don't need feedback or advice, writes Lolly Daskal. "Even smart, committed leaders have blind spots, and you may be needlessly frustrating and irritating people with unthinking behavior and attitudes," she writes.
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Hawaii will use part of a $10 million federal grant to establish the Hawaii Online Portal for Education -- an open-source digital resource that includes free lesson plans and other materials. Educators will begin work this summer to create the platform, which is expected to be available in 2022.
Data privacy created by third-party applications is a danger to school districts, writes Katie Fritchen, who offers six best practices for administrators. Fritchen's final suggestion: Use automated tools to govern apps and avoid violations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Middle-school and early high-school students may be at the biggest risk for long-term effects of pandemic trauma, as research out of Denmark shows that young adolescents experiencing family dysfunction have at least a 43% greater chance of having problems in adulthood than those who don't. Educators can help students by helping them recognize how they have overcome challenges and made progress during this time, the Association for Middle Level Education recommends.
Consultant and speaker Baruti Kafele talks frankly about his challenges to be healthy mentally and physically when he was a school principal and gives advice for leaders who are struggling with the mental balancing act. This article, part of Educational Leadership's special issue on "Mental Health for Educators," is free and open to all users through June.
Magic happens when all staff clearly define how everyone will work together to achieve the school's vision and mission. To generate core values that are powerful and useful, it's important for school leaders to get everyone's buy-in.