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Fostering true teacher leadership

Teachers want to have influence in their schools, but formal leadership roles in K12 schools are limited. If many teachers leave their schools because they feel that opportunities to advance are lacking, why do some building leaders still fail to empower teachers with some autonomy over their own work?

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Tips for hiring the best tech staff

Student-centered CIOs must now focus more on the user experience than on just keeping networks and machines functioning. The spread of mobile devices and apps in the classroom makes hiring the right technology leaders a priority for digital learning initiatives.

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Do teacher prep programs lack rigor?

A National Council on Teacher Quality report citing a lack of rigor and grade inflation in teacher preparation courses is being disputed by the organization that represents college and university education programs.

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Districts campaign to compete in era of school choice

The era of school choice and open enrollment has driven many district leaders to create innovative programs and to more aggressively publicize their offerings to compete with charters and private schools that have drawn away families and funding.

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Inside the science of learning

In his book How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens, New York Times science reporter Benedict Carey examines well-worn advice about learning, only to find much of it misguided or outdated. Instead, recent research shows that sometimes contradictory study techniques may actually lead to greater success in the classroom.

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Psychological stress on schools

In many schools, psychologists have time for little more than assessing students. That prevents them from using their range of skills in counseling, data analysis and preventing bullying, suicide and violence.

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Find, keep, cultivate the best teachers

Teacher quality is crucial to the success of schooling, yet the teacher-hiring process is sometimes rushed and ad hoc. A late-summer flurry of activity in which subjective factors—from where a candidate went to high school to how many resumes an exhausted principal has already reviewed—can weigh as heavily as meaningful evidence of academic achievement or instructional effectiveness.

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The Business of Waste management

One student generates about five pounds of waste in 180 days from simply drinking a carton of milk each day of the school year. Add in glue bottles, old test papers and leftover lunch, and it’s no wonder schools are looking for ways to reduce both the amount of waste filling trash bins and the money spent to have it hauled away.

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Tackling truancy

District leaders across the country are broadening and personalizing their approaches to attendance because the old way of sending truants and their families to court often fails to bring students back to school.

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Life lessons light up science education

From designing more creative and flexible science classrooms to developing community service projects that engage girls in STEM, this year’s National Science Teachers Association conference in March is all about K12 students connecting learning to the real world.

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