December 2, 2020
ASCD K-12 Leadership Brief
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Management & Leadership
How 3 education leaders rise to pandemic's challenge
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Seeking other people's insights, weighing options, being direct and forthright and looking into the future are skills needed to manage a school district effectively during the pandemic, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green and Guilford County, N.C., Schools Superintendent Sharon Contrera tell ThirdWay Solutions founder Cami Anderson in this piece. These education leaders share how they've grown as leaders and the challenges they've encountered, and all say the crisis has helped them become even more focused on helping the most vulnerable students.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (12/1) 
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Research suggests encouraging employees to focus on gratitude can reduce incivility in the workplace. This article describes how managers can foster the right kind of culture using tools such as gratitude journals.
Full Story: Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (11/26) 
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How has COVID impacted student learning?
NWEA released new national data on how students responded to interrupted learning and school closures. View the research brief for insight into positive trends and areas for improvement. See what these findings mean for educators, and best practices for supporting students as they bounce back.
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Career & Recruiting
Henry County Schools in Georgia has created an emergency staffing plan that includes district office employees who often have school-based experience -- whether in the classroom, the cafeteria or in a clerical role, Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis says. Under the plan, these employees, along with two permanent substitute teachers at each school, and paraprofessionals could help keep the district running during times of increased staff absences and quarantines.
Full Story: District Administration magazine online (12/1) 
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More recruiters use Instagram to find candidates
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While LinkedIn is down 20% in recruiter use, Instagram is up 20%, according to Jobvite's 2020 Recruiter Nation report, so job searchers may want to pay attention to this social media platform. "Treat Instagram as a visual resume of your skills, experiences, strengths and interests," says Monster's career expert, Vicki Salemi.
Full Story: Fast Company online (12/1) 
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National Teachers of Color Showcase
Want to hear directly from teachers of color on what it will take to address the teacher of color shortage and sustain supportive, anti-racist school cultures? Attend the National Teachers of Color Showcase, hosted by Digital Promise. REGISTER NOW
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Technology & Tools
Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland resumed remote classes after a three-day closure necessitated by a severe ransomware attack. Questions remain about what data has been stolen or lost, and Doug Levin of K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, which tracks such attacks on school districts, says the ransom request may have been $1 million or higher.
Full Story: The Baltimore Sun (tiered subscription model) (11/30),  CNN (11/30) 
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Uncover a clearer path to instruction
Measuring student progress and designing instruction to maximize it can be challenging. That's why many districts are committing to proficiency scales. Read this SmartFocus to learn more about proficiency scales and discover how one school successfully made the transition.
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Policy & Research
Data: Over 50% of districts lack sufficient broadband
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Almost all US schools have high-speed broadband internet, but that does not translate into all students having adequate connectivity for remote learning, Frank Catalano writes in this column, based on a recent report from Connected Nation. Fewer than half of all US school districts meet or exceed internet connection speeds of 1 Mbps required to handle high-bandwidth applications, such as streaming video and education-technology programs, Catalano writes.
Full Story: EdSurge (11/30) 
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Preparing Students for Tomorrow's Jobs in a Changing Landscape
CRE and CTE programs give students exposure to high-growth industries, personalized, blended learning and project-based learning. Read this SmartFocus to learn more about how these programs allow learners to explore career options and acquire essential skill sets.
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New from ASCD
Today's newest teachers of color want to be a part of dismantling and redesigning a system they see as fundamentally flawed. School administrators must embrace these passionate teachers as changemakers -- or risk losing them. Read more in Educational Leadership.
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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 February 2021 issue, we'd like to hear about small, out-of-the-box ways you get helpful professional learning. Share your 100- to 200-word submission by December 4.
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