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March 30, 2020
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Management & Leadership
Superintendent makes mental health a priority
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Pamela Angelakis, superintendent of the Swampscott Public Schools in Massachusetts, says she's had to deal with issues that range from managing a budget with limited funding to offering stability during frequent turnover in a principal position. She makes psychological safety a top priority and implemented a program for students re-entering school after absences related to medical or mental health issues and another program for students with emotional disabilities.
Full Story: The Daily Item (Lynn, Mass.) (3/23) 
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The workplace of the future will be greatly changed by the coronavirus pandemic, writes Art Petty, with old management structures giving way to more remote work, greater collaboration and distributed decision-making. "[O]ld-line management approaches that no longer fit this era or environment must melt away quickly before they prolong our economic and human pain," he writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (3/26) 
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Are early learners prepared for kindergarten?
NWEA researchers examined assessment results from more than two million students to find trends and gaps in achievement at school entry. Download the brief to see the results and learn the implications for teachers, administrators, and policymakers.
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Career & Recruiting
Leaders need to communicate a clear, consistent message during a crisis so people don't become paralyzed by indecision, says Carreen Winters, MWWPR's chairman of reputation and chief strategy officer. "In some cases, corporate communications leaders are the only ones thinking about audiences holistically, and pointing out mismatches between corporate strategy, priorities, and messaging," Winters says.
Full Story: The Drum (free registration) (3/26) 
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A culture of trust is vital to a remote work environment, says Wade Foster of Zapier. Foster offers tips such as emphasizing transparency and communication, getting to know each other in a virtual environment like Slack, setting clear expectations and focusing on output rather than hours worked.
Full Story: Zapier Blog (3/18) 
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Reading Intervention Helps Students Soar
Students not making adequate progress in core reading need a literacy intervention with explicit instruction and corrective feedback to master foundational skills. See what's helping struggling K–5 students learn to read in just 30 minutes a day.
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Technology & Tools
Security concerns arise over remote learning
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The widespread, swift adoption of digital learning tools to aid teachers during prolonged school closures is raising some privacy concerns. Antonio Romayor Jr., chief technology officer for El Centro Elementary School District in California, says some educators are adopting free programs that may lack typical safeguards and are skipping traditional vetting of new technology resources and tools.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (3/26) 
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Policy & Research
The Parma City School District plans to open a center for elementary-school students with autism this fall. Charles Smialek, superintendent of the district in Ohio, says the center will improve educational opportunities while serving more students within the district.
Full Story: Cleveland online (3/25) 
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New from ASCD
Schools have the choice during a crisis to be the accurate voice, says Amy Klinger, the cofounder of the Educator's School Safety Network. In a Q&A, she explains why it's important not to create an illusion of absolute safety, but instead to acknowledge people's concerns and address with clarity what it is leaders are able to do.
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Educators typically focus on getting information into students' heads. But one cognitive scientist recommends getting information out of students' heads with retrieval practices. Instead of encoding information through lessons, lectures, and activities, research shows that some of the most durable learning takes place when students use what they know and practice retrieving their knowledge.
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