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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What is the relationship between school demographics and school budget, how can districts allocate new funding, and how outdated are school funding formulas?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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When his staff’s tally for buying personal protective equipment reached $600,000, one superintendent said: “stop because we’re already bankrupt.”
June 26, 2020 – Education Week
Some mix of in-school attendance and online learning is what many districts are planning as the best way to adhere to social distancing requirements and provide at least some face-to-face instruction and support for students.
June 25, 2020 – Education Week
In communities where cases of COVID-19 remain low, schools can plan for students to be in classrooms every day with some important modifications. Understand the pros and the cons.
June 25, 2020 – Education Week
This scheduling option can help schools with large enrollments manage space constraints and provide built-in breaks for enrichment and remediation.
June 25, 2020 – Education Week
Schools that stick with only virtual learning this fall will have to provide a much more robust experience than what most delivered in the spring. Here are some ideas to make it work.
June 25, 2020 – Education Week
Students with serious health concerns and those with other specialized needs may opt out of returning to school. What schools can do to keep serving them.
June 25, 2020 – Education Week
A closer look at planning for the logistics behind assigning groups of students to come to school on a rotating basis.
June 25, 2020 – Education Week
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.
July 15, 2020 – Education Week
Spending more on public education—and less on law enforcement—is gaining traction as the Black Lives Matter movement fuels broader calls for racial justice and police reform.
June 18, 2020 – Education Week
The daughter of Hmong refugees was an outspoken advocate for minority communities. She was elected to the St. Paul, Minn., school board in 2017.
June 17, 2020 – Education Week

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