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School & District Management Polls About Lessons on Racism in Schools Can Be Eye-Opening, and Misleading
Opinion surveys may help district leaders host more-productive conversations, but how they're framed can lead to wildly different results.
School & District Management Pandemic-Seasoned Principals Share Hard-Earned Leadership Lessons
The COVID crisis has tested principals’ resolve to an unprecedented degree, but many have gleaned valuable takeaways from the experience.
School & District Management This Intensive Internship Helps Principals Get Ready For the Job
A two-year program in Columbus City Schools gives aspiring principals the chance to dive deep into the job before actually taking the reins.
Equity & Diversity Opinion Ask Rick: Is It Racist for Principals to Expect Staff to Be on Time?
Leaders can be sensitive to families’ different rhythms and challenges without dismissing basic professional norms.
School Climate & Safety Explainer: How Unusual Is It to Charge Parents in a School Shooting?
Guns used in U.S. school shootings have often come from the homes of young perpetrators, but parents are rarely charged, experts say.
Equity & Diversity Opinion Anti-Racist Teaching Strategies for Predominantly White Schools
Creating common vocabulary and safe places for students and strengthening their critical-analysis skills support anti-racist teaching.
School Climate & Safety Oxford School Shooting: Parents Charged, School's Response Under Scrutiny
The boy's parents failed to intervene, the prosecutor says, despite being confronted with a chilling note that was found at his desk.
Leaders To Learn From
We are excited to reveal our 2021 Leaders To Learn From honorees. These cutting-edge district leaders met their students’ and staffs’ needs during the pandemic and other challenges.1 / 10
I don’t believe any of us have true success in solitude.
I want all teachers, including teachers of color, to be authentically themselves in the classroom.
Teachers are professionals, and they’re experts in their content and their grade level. They’re going to be the ones to tell us if it works or not.
We always say that parents are partners, not the problem. We get more done and we get more right when we are working in partnership with our parents.
If I can advocate for a school system and I can advocate for opportunities and exposure for our kids to make it better, I feel compelled to do it.
Part of my passion for what I do now is, people need to know that this exists. But I also know we need to handle it delicately because you don't want people to feel bad.
All of our kids are capable. We’re planting the seed that college is a possibility, and that life can be better.
I tell everybody, we have the technology infrastructure of a Fortune 500 company, even though we are very small in comparison.
[The PD course] is a desired activity versus a required activity. That has to be the sweetest piece of the system.
We don’t make decisions for them. We make decisions with them.
- School Climate & Safety Explainer: Why Was Michigan Suspect Charged With Terrorism?He also was charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to commit murder and gun crimes in Tuesday's attack at Oxford High School.School Climate & Safety What This Week's Mass Shooting Can Teach Us About School SafetyThe incident in Michigan, the deadliest school shooting in three years, will add to a wrenching school safety debate.Student Well-Being Omicron or No, Schools Should Prepare for a Pandemic WinterHere are answers to questions about the new strain, which is considered potentially more infectious than Delta.Budget & Finance Opinion 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Spending COVID-Relief FundsWith $190 billion in federal funding is coming to schools, a school finance expert explains what districts need to know now.School Climate & Safety Mich. Student Kills 4 in Deadliest School Shooting Since 2018A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder, terrorism, and other crimes for a shooting that killed four students and injured others.Student Well-Being Opinion Want Students to 'Build a Better World?' Try Culturally Responsive Social-Emotional LearningThe practice includes expanding students’ networks and developing their awareness of what it feels, looks, and sounds like to manage emotions.
Professional Development Quiz How Much Do You Know About Instructional Coaching?
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Student Well-Being Quiz How Much Do You Know About the Needs of the Whole Child?
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