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Education Recruiter Trey Wright on Shifting Career Trends

The old saying that you’ll never work a day in your life if you do something you love fuels many education careers. But being passionate about education and getting excited about looking for a new job are distinct pursuits. Planning career pathways in educational leadership is shifting, according to Trey Wright, a national education recruiter…

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Beyond Bullying: Making Schools Safe for LGBTQ Students

In many ways, LGBTQ social acceptance has mainstreamed in American culture. But not all youth are free of bullying and discrimination. Here’s how educators can create safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.

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Building a School from Scratch: A Conversation with Matthew King

Epic Academy is built on the belief that every kid can succeed. The southeast Chicago charter school opened in 2009, with just one freshman class. It has added a class each year and now has approximately 450 students in grades 9 through 12. Students primarily come from the surrounding neighborhood; 96 percent qualify for free…

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How #IStandWithAhmed Reveals Need for Threat Assessment Training

When Ahmed Mohamed brought the clock he built to his Texas school, nothing went according to plan — quite possibly because his school had no plan for a teacher who believed that the device might have been a bomb. Soon the 14-year-old was arrested, and the story of a young boy in a NASA T-shirt…

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The Innovation Era in Education: A Conversation with Change Leader Tony Wagner

With so much emphasis on the importance of a good education to get ahead in life, it’s sobering to note that in 2014, eight out of 10 seniors graduating from college didn’t have a job. In the new book “Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the New Innovation Era,” Tony Wagner and co-author…

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Service Sector Leaders Cannot Afford to Ignore Rise of Sharing-Economy Companies

The sharing economy has wreaked havoc on taxis and hotels, but tech industry analysts seem reluctant to predict the next industry to be disrupted because they believe the entire service sector is vulnerable. Whether you’re hoping to lead a startup in this burgeoning area or leading a traditional business fending off new competition, you will…

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On Charter Schools and Innovation in Education: A Conversation with Ruth Mesfun

At 8:00 on a recent Wednesday evening, educator Ruth Mesfun was sorting dominoes into plastic zip-top bags. A sixth-grade science teacher at Excellence Girls Middle Academy, an all-girls charter school in Brooklyn, New York, Mesfun was prepping for the next day’s lesson: a hands-on activity that will have her students working in groups to create…

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First-Time Principals: How to Start Right at Your School

Beginnings are important. The public conversation around the start of school usually focuses on students, and to a lesser extent, teachers and school staff. For first-time principals, the first day of school is a major milestone in a leadership career. No national data about the demographics of first-year principals exists. Robyn Conrad Hansen, president of…

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Leaders Can’t Ignore Ethics of Data-Driven Applications

Leaders hoping to catch the next tech wave will need to wrestle with privacy, support and security issues in new data-driven applications. Every new generation of technology brings unanticipated legal and ethical challenges. The latest issues are arising from three complementary trends for continuously capturing, presenting and analyzing data technologies: Big data. Huge amounts of…

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Turning Around a Troubled School: Lessons from a Principal

When Patricia Fry interviewed for the principal’s job at Plymouth High School a decade ago, she didn’t really know what she was getting into. She hadn’t even been actively looking for a new job, but she liked the idea of living in Cape Cod, and the historic town was in easy driving distance. But as…

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Coaching Educators to Enhance Leadership

Marceta Reilly, a leadership coach and co-author of “Coaching Conversations: Transforming Your School One Conversation at a Time” wishes every educator could have a coach for their entire first year in a new role. She believes it could help curb the high attrition rate of new teachers. “I think we would lose fewer of them if…

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Lunch Power Hour: How the 2015 National Principal of the Year Jayne Ellspermann Transformed the Lunchtime Routine

Principal Jayne Ellspermann empowers her students to take responsibility for their own success – over their hourlong lunch, each school day. The aptly named Power Hour encourages West Port High School students to participate in a variety of creative activities on campus, with teachers and peers alike. Students at the Ocala, Florida, school achieve remarkable feats: impressive…

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Autism Expert Katherine Holman on Developing a Leadership Mindset

Special education teachers have long been in demand. But even among those with specialized training, few focus exclusively on students who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Katherine C. Holman, Ph.D., co-author of “School Success for Kids with Autism,” sees a growth in demand for teachers not just with ASD training, but who…

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How to Maximize Blended Learning in the Classroom

Sooner or later, it happens to most every educator: A shiny new piece of technology first attracts—and then distracts—attention with promises of potential to boost the quality of teaching and student outcomes. “Blended learning” is no exception. When it comes to online learning, K-12 classrooms in the United States have reached a tipping point, with…

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How Educational Leaders Can Inspire Students and Staff: A Conversation with Kelley King

Kelley King has experienced education as a student, a teacher, a principal and an educational consultant. She’s worked in special ed and gifted ed; in large urban schools, small rural schools and in public and private schools. She hit the national scene around 2005, shortly after her Boulder, Colorado, school closed the achievement gap between…

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4 Effective Strategies for Principals From ‘Leader of Leaders’ Author William Collins

Of any individual in a school’s ecosystem, the principal is the one whose vision and attitude set the tone, as well as how high the expectations bar is set. Being principal may once have meant acting as a manager of sorts, delegating tasks to subordinate employees in a hierarchical manner, with all responsibility resting heavily…

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Teacher Leader Megan Allen: How to Lead from the Classroom

As a society, we tend to take a traditional view of educational leadership, says Megan Allen, a Teacher of the Year who advocates for teaching for leadership. A successful classroom teacher with lots of promise and in search of new challenges often leaves behind working directly with children to become an administrator. Alternatives like becoming…

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Leading Through Change: A Conversation with Elizabeth Dozier

When Elizabeth Dozier, a board-certified teacher, arrived at Chicago’s Fenger Academy High School in 2009, the school was failing. The dropout rate was 20 percent; attendance was just 69 percent, and the graduation rate was only 40 percent. Over 300 arrests had occurred in the school building. Earlier that year, a Fenger student was murdered…

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Modern Educator Will Richardson: Why Learning Must Adapt

A generation ago, some students complained they didn’t need to memorize geometry formulas or history dates because they’d never need to use or apply that knowledge outside the classroom. Today, the argument has shifted: Those same facts are readily available to today’s kids within moments — just about everywhere except in the classroom, the one…

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Caring & Collaboration: The Keys to Educational Leadership

Marcus Jackson, Ed.D., didn’t want to be a principal. “I just wanted to teach and coach basketball,” Jackson says. Yet a passion for helping children and a natural proclivity for leadership led Jackson into school administration. He’s served as an elementary school principal, a middle school principal and is currently completing his first year as…

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