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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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What are the Best States to be a Teacher? Here are 8 Attractive Options

If you’re a new teacher who’s recently graduated from college, a career changer just entering the teaching profession, or a veteran educator with a master’s in education looking to move to another state, you’ll want to go where teachers are in demand. To make your task easier, we’ve compiled a list of eight prospective states…

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6 Best-Selling Books for New Teachers Who Want to Improve Their Classrooms

New teachers face daunting challenges, with dozens of students clamoring for attention and overwhelming advice from well-meaning colleagues about how to teach. Hundreds of books are penned each year to assist teachers, but how do they determine what’s worth reading? One way to gauge the quality of books about education is to check out what…

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The Future of ‘Teacherpreneurs’

It seems simple enough to say that teachers are the vanguards of education. While that might not have always been the case in reality, it’s certainly coming closer with the rise in teacherpreneurs. You’re probably wondering to yourself, what exactly is a teacherpreneur? There has traditionally been a substantial gap between school administration and the…

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Trained to Lead: Why Organizations Want Soldiers for their Workforce

In the global race for workforce talent, American organizations are tapping into one of the deepest pools for potential leaders — U.S. military veterans. Fresh from the front line, officers and veterans of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard are successfully making the leap to the boardroom. Organizations such as Amazon, GE, Safeway,…

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Leadership Lessons from Coaches Who Have Won Championships

Executives have long been fascinated by winning coaches and championship teams, and there are striking parallels between leadership in sports and in organizations. Whether in the boardroom or the playing field, both disciplines require: Intense competition. The training and developing of talent. Detailed planning and preparation. Motivating teams and organizations. Sports dynasties — from basketball’s…

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Classic Leadership Traits and Skills That May Not Show up on Paper

Whether they’re leading a company, a public agency or a nonprofit, the most respected managers and executives share a wide range of personal and professional traits and skills. Leaders typically boast dozens of talents and attributes in their resumes and biographies. But management experts agree that intangible qualities — one’s persona, character, values and other…

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Bringing Transformational Leadership Practices to the Workplace

Why should anyone learn more about transformational leadership, and what it can do in the workplace? Those are key questions for people who hope to manage organizations with highly trained workforces in rapidly changing markets. For these organizations, transformational leaders can make the difference between surviving or failing. And more organizations are adopting transformational leadership…

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Defining Leadership: Do You Manage … or Do You Lead?

Some people consider leadership to be the ability to motivate and inspire followers. Others argue that leadership is the ability to get a job done no matter what. Both definitions are true. Colin Powell said, “The way I like to put it, leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says…

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4 Strategies for Informal Formative Assessment

One of the most important things I’ve learned through graduate education classes and my time as a student teacher is that formative assessments are crucial to developing effective instruction. Unlike summative assessments, such as tests and other graded assignments that are used to evaluate student learning, formative assessments are low stakes and often carry little…

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3 Key Questions to Ask When Planning Lessons Based on Learning Standards

It seems like everyone has an opinion about the Common Core. Regardless of your personal views, if you work in a state that has adopted the standards (or other learning standards), it’s your responsibility to teach them. Since I’m so new to teaching, I’ve never taught a lesson that was not based on the Common…

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How to Use Backward Design to Create Lesson Plans: 3-Step Process

The main idea of backward design is to plan lessons with a final goal and assessment in mind. Rather than deciding how you want to teach, you begin by deciding what you want students to know.

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6 Time Management Tips for Online Students Who Work

Some folks are blessed with encyclopedic memories. They never write stuff down, they are never late for appointments, they never miss birthdays, and they ace every test. For everyone else, notes and online calendars help keep track of daily commitments and weekly obligations. Writing appointments down — or typing them into smartphones, tablets and laptops…

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Tips for Using APA Style in Research Papers

Whether you’ve recently decided to change careers and go back to school or you’re a teacher earning a master’s degree in education, you will be writing research papers. Your instructors will evaluate your work based on how well you write, how meticulously you research subjects, and whether you use proper style rules. The function of…

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What is Servant Leadership? Achievement Through Service to Others

Servant leadership is a very social leadership style. It places the needs of others in high regard. Servant leaders address the responsibilities and relationships in society, organizations, and companies. Servant leaders are constructive, persistent, and motivating. They are also the leaders who see complex, big pictures. They permeate all areas of our culture. Read more…

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What is Situational Leadership? How Flexibility Leads to Success

Situational leadership is an adaptive leadership style. This strategy encourages leaders to take stock of their team members, weigh the many variables in their workplace and choose the leadership style that best fits their goals and circumstances. In the words of leadership theorist Ken Blanchard, “In the past a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders…

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What is Laissez-Faire Leadership? How Autonomy Can Drive Success

Laissez-faire leadership is based on trust. People who enjoy a wide degree of latitude in making decisions and working on projects autonomously are often most comfortable with laissez-faire leaders. At the opposite end of the spectrum, people who work well in a rigid environment with clear directives and routine goals typically prefer authoritarian leaders. What…

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What is Transformational Leadership? How New Ideas Produce Impressive Results

Transformational leadership inspires people to achieve unexpected or remarkable results. It gives workers autonomy over specific jobs, as well as the authority to make decisions once they have been trained. Some of the basic characteristics of transformational leadership are inspirational, in that the leader can inspire workers to find better ways of achieving a goal;…

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What is Task-Oriented Leadership? Keeping Detailed Projects on Schedule

If something must get done within an organization and it has to be done right, a task-oriented leader is best for the job. Task-oriented leadership is a large-scale project manager. This person can break down a project into its component parts, create the project timelines, and ensure that milestones are met. Task-oriented leaders are focused…

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What is Autocratic Leadership? How Procedures Can Improve Efficiency

Autocratic leadership is vital in many workplace environments. This style is necessary within organizations and companies that demand error-free outcomes. While autocratic leadership is one of the least popular management styles, it’s also among the most common. The autocratic leadership process generally entails one person making all strategic decisions for subordinates. Although it has fallen…

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