Why school leaders must be passionate about learning | Don't define yourself by your enemies | Ohio district looks to recruit teachers
March 16, 2015
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
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Why school leaders must be passionate about learning
School leaders must be passionate about being lifelong learners if they are to inspire teachers and students to love learning as well, author Gregg Levoy asserts in this blog post. "But when we as teachers and parents, coaches and mentors, are no longer learning, we're no longer teaching, because we've left behind the ability to role-model the art of discovery, the love of learning and being intellectually active," he writes. Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model)/Leadership 360 blog (3/15)
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Don't define yourself by your enemies
Using a hated enemy to organize your leadership has short-term benefits but reveals an absence of positive foundational traits, John Baldoni argues in this blog post and video. "Letting people know what you can do is far better than letting people know whom you dislike," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/13)
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Career & Recruiting
Ohio district looks to recruit teachers
Leaders in one Ohio school district will be stepping up efforts to recruit new teachers to make up for the nearly 100 teachers who will be either retiring or leaving their jobs at the end of the school year. The district will participate in more than 10 upcoming recruitment events to search for teachers with fresh ideas to bring to the district, leaders say. The Cincinnati Enquirer (tiered subscription model) (3/14)
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Tips for cultivating a mentor
The process of finding a mentor should begin with a self-examination of your goals, followed by a concrete request to initiate a relationship, says Ellen Ensher, a professor at Loyola Marymount University. Think about how you can benefit your mentor's career as well as your own, and follow up whenever your mentor does a favor for you. Forbes (3/12)
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Technology & Tools
Why must schools adopt technology?
It can be difficult -- and at times frustrating -- for schools to integrate technology in the classroom, according to administrator Matt Levinson. However, he writes in this blog post that the benefits outweigh the costs and suggests several tips to help make the process more efficient, organized and transformational. Edutopia.org/Education Trends blog (3/12)
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Minn. lawmakers mull measure to cut number of standardized tests
Minnesota lawmakers are considering bills that would reduce the number of standardized tests students take. On average, students take 21 such tests between third and 12th grades, but one measure before the legislature would eliminate three "career- and college-ready" exams, along with some reading and math tests. Twin Cities Daily Planet (Minneapolis/St. Paul) (3/13)
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Reaching them early on
By the time they enter kindergarten, young children in poverty are already considered at risk for academic failure. Without the benefit of universal preK, schools and communities test innovative ways to close the gap. In a recent Education Update article, you'll read how schools are doing just that. Read on.
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A Close Look at Close Reading: Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Texts, Grades K–5
In this ASCD publication, literacy experts Diane Lapp, Barbara Moss, Maria Grant, and Kelly Johnson share strategies for teaching young learners to be close readers and for making close reading a habit of practice in the elementary classroom. The book provides real-life scenarios and downloadable tools and templates that teachers can use to guide students through the analysis of complex texts and help them develop the skills to support deep and independent learning. Learn more.
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A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body -- the wishbone."
-- Robert Frost,
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