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Reaching higher: secondary interventions: Middle College High School students take on a dual identity—college students by morning and high school students by afternoon

Reaching higher: secondary interventions: Middle College High School students take on a dual identity—college students by morning and high school students by afternoon Corina Borsuk There are many different types of students, but the type that can frustrate educators the most are those with potential who, for one reason or another, simply aren’t reaching it. […]

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Only the best

Only the best John Casey An administrative assessment and support system can help districts attract and retain the best people to provide quality leadership for its schools. The Pajaro Valley Unified School District has implemented a system of professional standards for administrators, a goal-setting and assessment system and a professional development support model. These systems […]

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leadership that matters is leadership that is sustained. Sustaining leadership requires a plan for distributing it to others

Most powerful act of leadership is giving it away: leadership that matters is leadership that is sustained. Sustaining leadership requires a plan for distributing it to others George Manthey It is argued that one of the most significant acts of leadership in our nation’s history was the resignation of George Washington as commander-in-chief in 1783. […]

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new MODELS for reform

new MODELS for reform – recovery plan for low performing public schools Michelle Karns TROUBLED SCHOOLS, FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES HAVE MUCH IN COMMON. STRATEGIES THAT ADDRESS THE ENTIRE DYSFUNCTIONAL SCHOOL FAMILY AND CREATE A SOLID BOTTOM LINE WILL LEAD TO RECOVERY. When an airplane pilot is a few degrees off the mark, the consequences can […]

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NCLB: tall order for small districts: there are several steps that small, rural districts can take to address the consequences of the No Child Left Behind Act

NCLB: tall order for small districts: there are several steps that small, rural districts can take to address the consequences of the No Child Left Behind Act Clifford E. Tyler Will “No Child Left Behind” leave low-income children of small, rural school districts even further behind? What steps can these districts take to implement the […]

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technology offers myriad tools to help administrators, but only if they know what’s available and how to use them to their best advantage

Power tools: technology offers myriad tools to help administrators, but only if they know what’s available and how to use them to their best advantage Michael Simkins If you’re tempted to holler “Uncle!” no one will blame you. School leadership has never been an easy job, but in today’s educational milieu, it’s a truly daunting […]

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by involving principals in planning for negotiations, districts can better address the important operational and instructional issues that will help schools meet their student achievement goals

Negotiating away barriers to educational opportunity: by involving principals in planning for negotiations, districts can better address the important operational and instructional issues that will help schools meet their student achievement goals Ruben L. Ingram There is a paradox in negotiating agreements between the governing board and the unions. After wrangling for months over the […]

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Sound standard for schools `unsound’

Sound standard for schools `unsound’ Don Davis The American National Standards Institute quietly published a new standard on July 3, 2002, intended to regulate sound levels for classrooms. The new standard, which sets the maximum background sound level at 35 decibels, will significantly increase building costs for new construction and major classroom renovation while preventing […]

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Coaching for leadership: executive coaching provides confidential, ongoing support for school leaders, helping them reach their goals and make the changes they desire

Coaching for leadership: executive coaching provides confidential, ongoing support for school leaders, helping them reach their goals and make the changes they desire Karla Reiss He was stunned. And angry. Two years ago, he moved from a small district to one of the largest in the county. He had years of experience and positive relationships […]

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What matters most in closing the gap: some of the differences between schools that have closed the gap and those that have not run counter to general expectations, this study found

What matters most in closing the gap: some of the differences between schools that have closed the gap and those that have not run counter to general expectations, this study found Ida Oberman The achievement gap between white or Asian students and their Hispanic/Latino or African-American peers is troubling and persistent. Even when looking at […]