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Habits of Highly Ineffective Educators

Sometimes being reminded of what not to do is an effective way of getting educators on track. Enter Chicago-based Wavelength, which creates theatrical performances, videos and workshops using humor to elucidate issues in public education. After watching the Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Educators presentation, a group from two schools in Newburgh (N.Y.) Enlarged City School District came up with reflective questions for teachers and administrators.

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Distill the Rumor Mill

Allegations that the district was not treating a girls' sports team equally to a boys' team. Safety concerns about a telecommunications tower being built on the intermediate school campus. Talk that the first day of school will be delayed. At Chartiers Valley School District in Pittsburgh, administrators prefer to proactively address rumors like these.

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Essential Skills for Effective School Leaders

After three years of research, the New York State Education Department is releasing "Essential Knowledge and Skills for Effective School Leadership," a profile detailing these nine essential characteristics for school leaders.

1. Leaders know and understand what it means and what it takes to be a leader

2. Leaders have a vision for schools that they constantly share and promote

3. Leaders communicate clearly and effectively