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How can schools develop transformational leaders?

Districts looking for transformational leaders to turn around schools may find more success by rigorously training their own teachers and assistant principals for leadership roles, according to a recent report.

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7 design principles for superintendent evaluations

All across the country, discussions around improving educator effectiveness and evaluation have become synonymous. Forces from state houses and federal agencies compel us to engage in the work of redesigning evaluation systems and to devise ways of using student outcomes as a significant part of that effort.

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Dogs sniff for drugs, guns in Michigan schools

Students in a Michigan district say they feel safer this year thanks to dogs that regularly search schools for weapons and illegal substances, a new survey shows.

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6 strategies for telling your district’s technology story

Sometimes it can be a challenge for administrators to convey to a diverse audience of teachers, principals, parents, local community leaders and other stakeholders how a school district is transforming teaching and learning with educational technologies and digital content.

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Transgender students win rights under new California

A first-of-its-kind law in California addressing the rights of transgender students in public schools has set guidelines for administrators on how to ensure safety and equality for these students, who are at an increased risk for bullying.

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How to make reading more rigorous

Take it from one expert: Implementing Common Core literacy standards will be very difficult if district administrators can’t answer questions from educators, parents and policymakers about how the new standards will help students learn.

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The Business Of: School maintenance

At what point does it make sense for a district to outsource janitorial services and buildings and grounds maintenance? DA looks at the the pros and cons. 

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Strengthen your substitute pool

Economic struggles and new federal education guidelines over the past five years have changed the environment for substitute teachers. When economic difficulties led to staff cutbacks in almost every industry, many laid-off workers signed up to be substitutes, allowing districts to be more selective.

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Next gen science enters new dimension

A new approach to assessing students’ three-dimensional learning should soon give teachers a clearer picture of the reasoning their students are using to grasp key science concepts. This more intensive level of assessment will be a critical tool for schools implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.

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