District Leadership

Andy McGill, K-12 assistant principal at West Liberty-Salem Local School District in West Liberty, Ohio.
Andy McGill, K-12 assistant principal at West Liberty-Salem Local School District in Ohio, includes coronavirus response among his administrative duties.
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School & District Management A COVID-19 Lull Gives Way to ‘Borderline Insanity’
When the number of cases started to rise steeply, a school community hammered out a routine. Then a basketball player tested positive.
Denisa R. Superville, January 14, 2021
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Special Report Improving the Superintendent and School Board Partnership
District leaders share strategies for building school boards that are diverse, collaborative, and know their roles and limits in this special report.
November 18, 2020
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School & District Management Getting New School Board Members Up to Speed
One way to train newly elected school board members for the job ahead is to start before they even run for office.
Corey Mitchell, November 17, 2020
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School & District Management Why School Board Diversity Matters
Most school boards don’t look the students they serve, but new research suggests that must change.
Christina A. Samuels, November 17, 2020
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School & District Management Building Better School Boards: 3 Strategies for District Leaders
Here are strategies for creating strong, respectful, productive relationships between superintendents and school boards.
Stephen Sawchuk, November 17, 2020
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School & District Management Advice From a Long-Serving School Board Member
Felton Williams shares insights from his 16 years as one of the few Black members on the Long Beach, Calif., school board.
Denisa R. Superville, November 17, 2020
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School & District Management School Board Elections Don't Get Much Attention. They Should
School boards play a critical role in steering the progress of the nation’s schools, but the relationship between school boards and school district leaders could be better.
November 17, 2020
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Families & the Community How Schools Are Preparing for the Perfect Storm of Holiday Travel and COVID-19
Schools are putting in place or considering measures such as extending holiday breaks or shifting back to full-time remote learning.
Alyson Klein, November 16, 2020
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Nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y., in July 2020. Pfizer Inc. has announced early results that the COVID-19 vaccine it’s developing with German company BioNTech is 90 percent effective.
Nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y., in July 2020. Pfizer Inc. has announced early results that the COVID-19 vaccine it’s developing with German company BioNTech is 90 percent effective.
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Student Well-Being A Highly Effective Vaccine Is Likely on the Way. What Does That Mean for Schools and Kids?
Two infectious disease experts weigh in on how a COVID-19 vaccine that’s 90 percent effective, as early results are showing, could change school health and safety protocols.
Catherine Gewertz & Arianna Prothero, November 12, 2020
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Teaching Profession Opinion Teacher Demoralization Isn't the Same as Teacher Burnout
The pandemic has made it harder for teachers to access the moral rewards of their work, writes education professor Doris A. Santoro.
Doris A. Santoro, November 11, 2020
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Special Education How Will Schools Pay for Compensatory Services for Special Ed. Students?
States’ efforts so far suggest there won’t be enough money to go around for all the learning losses of students with disabilities from COVID-19 school shutdowns.
Corey Mitchell, November 10, 2020
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School Choice & Charters Home Schooling Is Way Up With COVID-19. Will It Last?
The shift could have lasting effects on both public schools and the home-schooling movement.
10 min read
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
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Federal Joe Biden's Election as President Tees Up Massive Shifts for K-12 Policy
The Democrat’s victory could reverse Trump-era positions on COVID-19 and civil rights, and will cost Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' job.
Evie Blad, November 7, 2020
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Families & the Community Opinion Families Not Engaging With School? Rethink the Problem
Parents are ready to support distance learning, but educators need to speak the right cultural language, writes a team of researchers working with an Oregon school district.
Laura Brady, Stephanie Fryberg, Hazel Rose Markus, Camilla Griffiths, Jenny Yang & Perla Rodriguez, November 5, 2020
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