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6 Ways District Leaders Can Build Racial Equity

Education Week spoke to chief equity officers and superintendents for ideas on promoting more equitable education practices in school districts. Here’s what they shared. (June 18, 2020)

Leaders to Learn From

Education Week Leaders To Learn From
In this annual report, Education Week's Leaders To Learn From spotlights district-level leaders from across the country who seized on creative but practical approaches to improving their school systems and put those ideas to work.


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Spotlight on Principal Leadership

As their position evolves, principals are taking a leading role in school improvement efforts. In this Spotlight, learn how principals are providing input on ESSA's implementation, gaining management savvy from the business world, and balancing classroom visits with other leadership responsibilities.

Education Week Quizzes

Quiz Yourself: Principal Leadership
How are states regulating principal-preparation programs, what does ESSA say about training school leadership, and how do “niche” principal-training programs aim to train more-effective school leaders?

Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About School Finance?
What is the relationship between school demographics and school budget, how can districts allocate new funding, and how outdated are school funding formulas?


Managing the Money
This Education Week special report puts the focus on what those on the hot seat—superintendents, principals, and other local leaders—actually do with the funding they get and what stands in the way of their making better use of it.

Tick Tock Teach: Why Schools Can't Beat the Clock
Research has some solutions for schools trying to get the most out of the time in the school day. Yet, many adhere to long-standing norms around class time and the school year. Education Week explores some barriers in the way of change, and how some districts are putting the research into practice.

Inside the Principal-Teacher Relationship
Education Week talked to dozens of principals about strategies for building strong partnerships with teachers and heard from many teachers about what they need most from school leaders.


Data: How District Leaders, Principals, and Teachers View Social-Emotional Learning
National survey captures attitudes toward SEL and challenges to more widespread teaching of social-emotional skills in schools.

We Asked About School Finance. What Did Districts Say?
To learn more about what those on the front lines of managing school finance think of the challenges they face, the Education Week Research Center in August fielded an online survey to a nationally representative sample of school principals and district-level administrators.

District Dossier Blog

10/16 03:57 pm | 5 Things You Need to Know About Student Absences During COVID-19 | Absences are up whether students are learning in school buildings or at home, a new EdWeek Research Center survey finds.


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Teachers are navigating new technologies, adjusting to different ways of teaching, and trying to reach students who lack internet access and stability at home.
October 15, 2020 – Education Week
Former Navajo Nation legislative staffer LaShawna Tso has been selected to lead New Mexico’s Indian Education division.
October 14, 2020 – AP
The coronavirus pandemic and a controversial sex education mandate are casting a shadow over the election for Washington state education chief.
October 14, 2020 – AP
A breakdown of four key features of a healthy school culture and how principals can build and sustain them.
October 14, 2020 – Education Week
The teachers that principals hire is one of the most powerful levers for turning schools into anti-racist institutions.
October 14, 2020 – Education Week
Recommendations for leaders on making schools feel safe, welcoming, and uplifting whether learning is in person or remote.
October 14, 2020 – Education Week
An anti-racist principal’s work must rest upon a strong moral foundation, writes Mark Anthony Gooden.
October 14, 2020 – Education Week
Read about key features of a healthy and inclusive school climate and steps to make it a reality. See how principals and teachers view climate in their own schools.
October 14, 2020 – Education Week
Teachers share ways that administrators are supporting them and what more they could do to help manage the pressures of teaching in the pandemic.
October 8, 2020 – Education Week
Districts could be on the hook for legal costs and damages stemming from coronavirus lawsuits.
September 9, 2020 – Education Week

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