July 30, 2021
ASCD K-12 Leadership SmartBrief
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Management & Leadership
How one school supports its teen mothers
Dedicated buses, car seats, child care and emotional support help along a path to graduation for 140 sixth- through 12th-grade students at Lincoln Park School in Brownsville, Texas, who are pregnant or young mothers. In this interview, Principal Dawn Hall explains how the school provides stability the students often don't have at home and how the school has managed the program during the pandemic.
Full Story: The Hechinger Report (7/28) 
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Leaders who recognize likely problems -- an unhappy customer or conflict between team members -- can be ready to respond to their occurrence and guide the team toward recovery, write Karin Hurt and David Dye. "You get more of what you celebrate and encourage, so be on the lookout for the moments where your team implements their recovery processes," they write.
Full Story: Let's Grow Leaders (7/26) 
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Implement Effective Intervention
Educators interested in building comprehensive intervention programs that support differentiation for all students can get the FREE guide, From RTI to MTSS: Building Your Intervention Team. Discover how strong multi-tiered support systems help schools drive students toward academic success using accurate progress-monitoring techniques and innovative implementation strategies. This guide covers RTI vs. MTSS, the MTSS umbrella, progress monitoring, student tiers and more! Get the e-book.
Career & Recruiting
The We Teach Alabama broadcast and social media campaign aims to address the state's teacher shortage by attracting the next generation of teachers and helping others get or maintain certification, says Eric Mackey, Alabama's state superintendent of education. The state also is working to fill 3,000 vacant math and science teaching positions by providing these educators with a $20,000 salary bump.
Full Story: WHNT-TV (Huntsville, Ala.) (7/28) 
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Older adults in the job market can increase their chance of success with an effectively designed resume. For the resume to be properly processed by an Applicant Tracking System, it should be simple, short and free of graphics and not include core competencies or achievements sections but instead emphasize results and skills.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (7/27) 
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4 Ways to Verify Your Virtual School Provider
Many schools are outsourcing their Virtual Schools to make the implementation of a complex system easier. However, based on some recent lawsuits and cyber security threats, it is more important than ever to find a trustworthy provider. What can schools do to make sure their choice is the right one?
Technology & Tools
Q&A: How device buybacks can help districts
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School districts that purchased laptops, tablets and other connected devices can benefit from using buyback programs, former Apple educational consultant Paula Currie says in this interview. Currie answers questions about buyback concerns, guarantees and the best times of year to participate in buyback programs.
Full Story: District Administration (7/26) 
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Improving Teacher Wellness and Self-Care
As teachers prepare to head back to the classroom, many are looking for ways to manage and protect their mental and emotional health, especially after what has been an incredibly taxing past year. Join SmartBrief on August 26th as mental health experts offer practical tips and ideas to help teachers and school leaders. Register Now
Policy & Research
Mass. middle school to open updated cafeteria
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Parker Middle School in Massachusetts' Chelmsford Public Schools has overhauled its school cafeteria and named it "The Hungry Lion Cafe," featuring a typical lunch line, a salad bar, deli line, and a pizza and chicken wing line with other snack foods available. Nancy Antolini, the district's nutrition director and president-elect of the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts, said the redesigned cafeteria and kitchen -- equipped with many new appliances -- will operate more efficiently and allow for more made-from-scratch menu options.
Full Story: The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (7/28) 
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New from ASCD
During the 2020 pandemic, teachers quickly learned to adapt and innovate in their teaching. However, does innovative teaching necessarily mean that students will be more innovative? Learn three ways that teachers can alter lesson planning to bring student innovative thinking to the forefront in Educational Leadership.
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Leaders must consider each lesson in the context of the curricular unit that lesson is part of, notes curriculum planning expert Jay McTighe. While a leader can review one lesson, she should recognize that, like one element of a meal, one lesson is a necessary but insufficient part of an overall learning experience. Learn more in Educational Leadership.
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