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is the relationship between school demographics and school budget, how can districts allocate new funding, and how outdated are school funding formulas?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

10/20 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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In a new advice column for school leaders, former principal Sharif El-Mekki answers your questions about leading during the pandemic.
July 22, 2020 – Education Week
Even in the most normal of school years, teachers’ work-life balance can be tenuous. Many say it’s gotten worse since remote teaching began.
July 22, 2020 – Education Week
In the push to reopen schools, many teachers feel their voices aren't being heard. Will they take lessons from their recent protests and fight to protect their health?
July 20, 2020 – Education Week
Principals and superintendents are caught between politicians’ demands, an anxious public, and experts’ contrary advice about the path forward during the pandemic. The unspoken message: You’re on your own.
July 16, 2020 – Education Week
Here are some ways for districts and schools to demonstrate that they value and support teachers of color.
July 16, 2020 – Education Week
The job losses reported so far in dozens of school districts tracked by Education Week reflect the pandemic’s deep economic strain as schools face mounting challenges for the 2020-21 academic year.
July 14, 2020 – Education Week
Pandemic-inflicted budget cuts have cost thousands of educators their jobs. Here’s how that’s playing out in five districts around the country.
July 14, 2020 – Education Week
From California to Pennsylvania, school librarians are on edge as district and school leaders across the country seek ways to cut back expenses amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
July 1, 2020 – Education Week
Leaders will be weighing what to cut. Research suggests schools in poor neighborhoods, and effective teachers should get protection, writes a team of school finance experts.
July 1, 2020 – Education Week
Some districts are making gains in recruiting and holding onto Black, Hispanic, and Asian teachers. Here are some ideas for how to do it.
June 30, 2020 – Education Week

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