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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.


Subject-matter experts featured for this topic include:


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What is the relationship between school demographics and school budget, how can districts allocate new funding, and how outdated are school funding formulas?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

10/20 04:02 pm | When School Boards Diversify, Spending Priorities Shift. Here's How | Examining California school boards, a researcher found that electing just one Hispanic member impacts school spending and teacher churn.


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Some districts that are all-virtual are allowing—or requiring—teachers to work from their empty classrooms and bring their kids.
September 9, 2020 – Education Week
In a move backed by the White House, some districts are telling teachers to come to class after they’ve been exposed to the virus, which experts say could propagate an outbreak.
September 2, 2020 – Education Week
"How do I win over parents who see this as a political issue rather than a public-health one?" Sharif El-Mekki answers quandaries from school leaders.
August 19, 2020 – Education Week
Many teachers at higher risk for complications from COVID-19 are hoping not to go back to their classrooms—and districts are having to prioritize who gets to stay home.
August 26, 2020 – Education Week
Many schools that have recently opened their doors are already seeing COVID-19 cases among students and staff. Should that shake the confidence of other school leaders who are planning to reopen?
August 19, 2020 – Education Week
The consequences of reopening schools in Denmark, Israel, and South Korea offer valuable insights for U.S. schools.
August 26, 2020 – Education Week
Many substitutes are weighing the costs of going back to schools, where they’ll be exposed to lots of people, under inconsistent safety protocols, and for little pay and potentially no health benefits.
August 10, 2020 – Education Week
To address the complex academic and emotional needs of students who are returning to school—either physically or virtually—some schools are experimenting with new staffing models.
August 6, 2020 – Education Week
The nation’s K-12 educators have many questions about the coronavirus. EdWeek is helping answer them.
August 4, 2020 – Education Week
In many places, teachers are preparing to head back into classrooms without any guarantee that they will stay healthy. Some are leaving their jobs rather than take the risk.
August 19, 2020 – Education Week

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