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Education Department puts spotlight on principals' central role
Education Week
In the second term of the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education, under Secretary Arne Duncan, has trained its efforts on principals by rolling out a series of initiatives that build on the growing body of research underscoring the role they play in schools' success.
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Principal lists compassion as top school priority
DNAinfo
Sharing a building with a middle school means P.S. 295 is crunched for space, but the school community has plenty of room in its hearts and minds, says principal Linda Mazza. Parents and teachers alike are motivated by compassion for others, and thoughtfulness about how to reach all the students at this diverse school on 18th Street and Sixth Avenue, Mazza said. "I've always believed that the people who are here cared about every person in the building and I think it's become more pronounced in the past few years," she said.
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Parents, legislators push back against Common Core
CNBC
New standardized tests under the Common Core education initiative aren't scheduled until spring, but backlash from parents and educators is in full force this fall. And the debate is moving into the state legislatures. States' adoption of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a set of K-12 learning standards designed to measure students' college and career readiness, has been met with resistance. "We don't like them," said parent advocate Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class Size Matters, a nonprofit organization that advocates for smaller classes in public schools.
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Education officials consider change in social studies curriculum
The Associated Press via CBS Local
Connecticut education officials are considering the biggest change in social studies lessons in more than 15 years as teachers try to navigate for their students a vast and growing sea of cultural information and current events on social media, websites and other sources. Social studies teachers want students to not only know the answers to key questions in history, economics, geography and civics but to also understand what questions to ask.
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Dissection of Common Core math test questions leaves educator 'appalled'
The Washington Post (Commentary)
According to author Valerie Strauss: Many of the guest writers on this blog are opposed to the Common Core State Standards, not because they object to standards per se but they find fault with this particular set for one reason or another. This post was written by someone who supports the Core, but takes a critical look at New York State's Common Core-aligned tests, specifically the eighth-grade math exam that was designed by Pearson.
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Father introduces robotics curriculum at daughter's school
Southeast Missourian
In partnership with the private school Prodigy Leadership Academy, Erik Lee of Cape Girardeau has formulated a curriculum to teach children about robotics. "The idea is to give ... children fluency in technology, so robots are going to be the unifying theme of it all, but what I really want to do is kind of pull the veil off technology so [they can see] that all these magic-looking gizmos that we have are actually just composed of simple things," said Lee, whose 5-year-old daughter attends Prodigy. Lee also has a 2-year-old son who is into computers.
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After closing schools, a principal fights to save a Bronx school
New York Times
By 2:25 p.m. every school day, Santiago Taveras takes his position on the corner of Paul Avenue and the Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx, New York, two muscled security guards by his side. A pair of police vans, lights flashing, park just across the street, and a half-dozen school safety agents in police uniforms patrol on foot. This is the daily scene at DeWitt Clinton High School as its 2,200 students begin dismissal, and Taveras, the principal, a bear of a man carrying 350 pounds over 6 feet 3 inches, comes outside to keep order. But he also comes out to say hello.
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3 lessons from data on children's reading habits
The Hechinger Report
More than a decade ago a company called Renaissance Learning developed a computerized way for teachers to track students' reading outside of the classroom. The computer keeps track of how many and which books a student has read, along with the level of reading difficulty and whether a student has understood the basics of the story. This year, the company mined the data to gain insight into how kids become better readers as they progress in school.
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Teacher, student recognized for advocacy work for disabled
The Advocate
Years may separate Comeaux High teacher Brian Watkins and Lafayette High senior Justin Edwards, but the two hold tight to a common goal of advocating for the disabled. Both were recognized with the Louisiana Governor's Office of Disability Affairs' 2014 Governor's Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities Awards — Watkins as educator of the year and Edwards as youth of the year —' for the inspiration they provide others.
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8 qualities of leaders who deliver value every day
Entrepreneur
Leadership is a means to create value for others through self-expression. How a leader shows up is everything as it sets the tone for others to either emulate or evade. Making the jump from manager to director to leader is never a clear-cut process. The position itself changes but the "how to lead" skills are never made clear, so what happens is newly-appointed leaders apply yesterday's management tactics to today's leadership demands, and the two don't play nicely.
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4 ways leaders effectively manage employee conflict
Forbes
Conflict resolution is a daily occurrence at work that can either propel or disrupt the momentum for a leader, a team or the entire organization. The workplace can become a toxic environment when leaders allow conflict to fester rather than confront it head-on. Managing conflict can be a tricky thing — especially when you are not familiar with the larger ecosystem in which the particular individual or department creating the conflict operates, and how efforts to resolve conflict will reverberate throughout that ecosystem.
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No Child Left Behind gets renewed focus
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who is the incoming chairman of the Senate committee overseeing education, says his top education priority is fixing the landmark Bush-era law. His goal? Get a bill signed by President Barack Obama early next year.
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Education Department proposes more transparency in teacher prep
eSchool News
The U.S. Department of Education is proposing regulations, including more transparency and real-time feedback, to help ensure teacher training programs are preparing educators who are ready to succeed in the classroom. The proposal builds on the reforms and innovations already happening at the state and program level across the country and by national organizations.
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Arizona charter schools eye funding reforms
Today's News-Herald
Charter school advocates in Arizona hope to push school finance reforms in the upcoming legislative session that would reduce school districts' ability to finance projects with bonds and increase the base level of per-pupil funding all public schools receive. Supporters of charter schools and their leaders say there is a momentum toward school finance reform at the Capitol in light of recent court rulings and Governor-elect Doug Ducey prioritizing the issue. And they hope to have a seat at the table.
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New Jersey town's schools develop 'character education' curriculum
Echoes-Sentinel
All seven guidance counselors in Warren, New Jersey's K-8 school district met throughout last summer to develop a new comprehensive Character Education curriculum set in place this fall to expose students to a common language across the district and establish competencies for 21st century learning. The counselors evaluated what was in place and then decided how the program could be strengthened and improved. Prior to the 2014-2015 school year, more than 10 curriculum writing opportunities were offered in the district.
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Registration for the 2015 NAESP Conference now open
NAESP
Register now for the 2015 Best Practices for Better Schools conference in Long Beach, California, June 30-July 2. It's the premier event for principals and their teams working on student success. Learn from the top experts in education and swap best practices with fellow leaders from around the country. Save today with early bird registration.
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Download NAESP's new pre-K-3 competencies
NAESP
NAESP has released an updated principal competency guide on early learning. Developed by a panel of leading practitioners, Leading Pre-K-3 Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice defines new competencies and outlines a practical approach to high-quality early childhood education. The digital edition of the publication is available to NAESP members at a special discounted rate.
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