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School & District Management Local School Boards Are Banning Critical Race Theory. Here's How That Looks in 7 Districts
Districts' "critical race theory" bans have resulted in abandoned DEI initiatives, widespread confusion and, for Black parents, distrust.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 25, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Q&A Collections: Administrator Leadership
Ten years of posts from and about principals and superintendents.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 14, 2021
7 min read
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Education Funding Can Governors Really Take Money From Schools Over Masks?
State leaders are using the threat of funding cuts as a weapon in the mask debate—but it's not clear if they can or will follow through.
Mark Lieberman, August 13, 2021
7 min read
Rosalind Osgood, Broward County Public Schools board member, hands out lunch to the community while schools are closed for the week amid the virus outbreak at Dillard High School on March 16, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Rosalind Osgood, Broward County Public Schools board member, hands out lunch to the community while schools are closed for the week amid the virus outbreak at Dillard High School on March 16, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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School & District Management Meet the School Leaders Defying Bans on Mask Mandates
A handful of superintendents and school boards are standing up to governors’ orders or state laws that bar them from requiring masking.
Lesli A. Maxwell, August 13, 2021
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Superintendents discuss ideas at a roundtable.
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School & District Management Download 17 Leadership Lessons From the Kitchen Table: A Downloadable Guide
This year, 17 superintendents from around the country shared their most meaningful lessons from leading a district through the pandemic.
Mary Hendrie, August 13, 2021
1 min read
Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa announces that masks will be required at all Dallas ISD schools at DISD headquarters in Dallas, Monday, August 9, 2021.
Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa announces that masks will be required at all district schools earlier this week in Dallas.
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School & District Management In Their Own Words Defiant Superintendent: 'How Can I Follow a Law I Believe Endangers My Students?'
A superintendent explains why he required masks in school despite a statewide ban on such policies.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 12, 2021
4 min read
Christy Pavlish, left, and Lauren Birkins display signs as they cross the street during a protest outside a Broward County School Board meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to discuss a possible mask mandate when school starts next week.
Protesters gather at a Broward County School Board meeting set to discuss a possible school mask mandate in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earlier this week.
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School & District Management Opinion Masks. Vaccines. Anti-Racism. Expert Advice for Schools Caught Up in Conflict
To resolve education’s biggest fights, educators need to pursue a counterintuitive approach, writes Amanda Ripley.
Amanda Ripley, August 12, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion 17 Actions Administrators Can Take Now to Support Students & Teachers
The year ahead is going to be "insanely difficult." Innovation, educator agency, and equity will help leaders bring success to schools.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 12, 2021
15 min read
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School & District Management Opinion 'Listening Is Free'—How Administrators Can Support Teachers This Year
Clearly define and articulate your values and find ways to bring people together are two ways principals and assistant principals can help.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 11, 2021
7 min read
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School & District Management Opinion How Two Districts Managed to Consolidate During the Pandemic
The trick to being ready when disaster strikes? Be ready well before that.
Noel Schmidt, August 10, 2021
3 min read
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School & District Management Opinion My Four Priorities for Leading a District During the Pandemic
One superintendent explains what “Maslow before Bloom”—a call to put survival needs before learning objectives—looks like in practice.
Michael Lubelfeld, August 6, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Schools Faced a Massive Systems Failure During the Pandemic. How Do We Fix It?
Education leaders can (and must) find common purpose in the face of COVID-19, writes one superintendent.
Laura Kagy, August 3, 2021
2 min read
Jeanie Johnson, assistant superintendent for administration, is a kind of the air traffic controller in Midway ISD, absorbing the glut of information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas education Agency, Tex. Gov. Greg Abbott, Waco-McLennan County, Public Health District and others, to help the Waco School District devise safety protocols and plans for students. She’s doing so amid rapidly changing and sometimes conflicting guidance. She talks about what she learned over the last year and that’s helping the school district prepare for the second COVID-19 school year.
Jeanie Johnson, assistant superintendent for administrative services, helps lead the COVID-19 response for the Midway Independent School District in Texas.
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School & District Management A View From the Hot Seat: How One District Leader Is Confronting COVID-19's Latest Twists
An assistant superintendent in Texas talks about how to keep the pandemic in check for the new school year even as the Delta variant spreads.
Denisa R. Superville, August 1, 2021
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