How school leaders can connect, motivate remotely | Why humility is the best crisis leadership mindset | Maine high school makes co-principal approach permanent
April 15, 2020
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Management & Leadership
How school leaders can connect, motivate remotely
There are several ways that school leaders can effectively lead remotely during the current unexpected from-home landscape, writes Jacie Maslyk, assistant superintendent of Hopewell Area School District in Pennsylvania. She recommends nurturing collaboration and relationships, staying connected through multiple technologies, encouraging positivity and recognizing new opportunities as they arise.
Full Story: District Administration magazine online (4/13) 
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The best leaders in a crisis acknowledge what they don't know, ask for help and don't pretend that they can guarantee the best outcome, writes Ken Downer. "The goal is not to be the person who was right, it's to find the answer that is right," he writes.
Full Story: Rapid Start Leadership (4/10) 
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Equity is not a buzzword. It’s a commitment.
To keep up with the communities they serve, educators need to make a transformational shift in how they approach equity. Download this eBook, filled with practical advice and easy-to-use tips to promote authentic equity and inclusion efforts in your school community.
Career & Recruiting
David Steward, superintendent of Marshfield schools in Missouri, made addressing teacher pay a priority when he took the helm less than three years ago. Steward said morale was low among teachers and staff and he worked with the school board to raise teachers' base salary and revamp the salary schedule.
Full Story: Springfield News-Leader (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (4/12) 
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Remote interactions can energize employees
As teams transition to remote work, it's important for employers to provide opportunities for workers to interact and bond with each other, writes Tammy Perkins chief people officer of PMI Worldwide. Even from home, positive stories and team recognition can energize employees and lead to long-term success.
Full Story: Fast Company online (4/10) 
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Supporting Educators for ELL Success
In the US, emergent bilinguals, or English language learners (ELLs), are changing the educational landscape for the better. How do we support educators to ensure these students' success? Get tips in this Rosetta Stone® white paper.
Technology & Tools
The shift to remote learning doesn't mean that professional development has to stop, according to Rita Platt, a principal and teacher in Wisconsin. In this blog post, Platt suggests several ways for PD to continue, such as exploring online resources, using Massive Open Online Courses and taking other online courses.
Full Story: MiddleWeb (4/12) 
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Strategies and Practices for Online Learning
As the new school year began, the COVID-19 Delta variant made plans for in-person learning incredibly uncertain, and made the potential shift to online learning higher. Join a discussion that will provide valuable strategies and key elements for implementing online learning, from emergency preparedness to designing an integrated long-term program. Watch Now!
Policy & Research
School districts across the US are considering possible ways to make up for learning losses from school closures during the summer months. Possible scenarios include extending the school year and having Saturday classes, but districts cannot make definitive plans until it's known when schools can reopen.
Full Story: Education Dive (4/14) 
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SmartBrief Education STEM Pathways Summit
Join us on October 28 for our annual SmartBrief Education STEM Pathways Summit when we explore the intersection of STEM and social-emotional learning. Don't miss this opportunity to get fresh ideas, hear about new programs and talk with your peers in STEM education. Register today.
New from ASCD
Structured protocols can help teachers ensure equitable participation and create more culturally responsive discussions. Zaretta Hammond, author of "Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain," shares five steps for incorporating protocols in your classroom so that every student is heard. Read more in Educational Leadership.
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The need for social-emotional learning is clear. The U.S. Department of Education recently announced its budget, which includes a $1.3 billion increase in education funding, and sets aside dedicated funds for education initiatives that support social-emotional learning programs. We've gathered some useful resources from our archives and recent releases to help you understand the importance of social-emotional learning and how to build your students' skills.
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