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School Leadership: Resource Roundup

School Leadership: Resource Roundup
Facebook Edutopia on Facebook Twitter Edutopia on Twitter Google+ Pinterest Edutopia on Pinterest WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation Top Tips for School Leaders 5 Strategic Tips for First-Year Administrators, by Ross Cooper (2015) For admins just starting out, it's helpful to establish relationships, visit classrooms, understand others, flatten the hierarchy, and become an active social media presence. 8 Top Tips for Highly Effective PD, by Vicki Davis (2015) Among the top strategies for highly effective professional development are making it useful, making it relevant, and making sure that teachers start practicing it ASAP. 8 Tips to Create a Twitter-Driven School Culture, by Elana Leoni (2014) Administrators can create a more connected school culture by modeling Twitter use and encouraging staff to work, play, and learn through the medium. Back to Top Partnering With Teachers Cultivating Great School Leaders Related:  Leadershipmorganchestnut1

What a difference a word can make People spend a good deal of time talking to one another, and in general we do it pretty well. We might feel excited, angry, embarrassed, or — if we’re lucky — loved, in the course of our daily conversations. So is there any benefit to thinking about a science of talk? Can we really gain anything from scientific analysis of something we “just do”? I believe we can, and I’ve spent the last 20 years studying real talk from real people talking to each other in real time. Take this ordinary telephone call between two friends, Nancy and Hyla, transcribed according to the standard conversation analysis transcription system, which includes intonation and the actual sounds being made rather than just the correct spelling of a word (lines under a word represent emphasis and different movements in pitch, the equals sign means that the turns are very rapid): On the face of it, this is utterly mundane. Perhaps this seems obvious. Like Nancy, Gordon produces an answering “hello.” 1. 2. 3. 4.

Journals AERA publishes seven highly respected, peer- reviewed journals that feature the field’s leading research, including: AERA Open American Educational Research Journal Educational Researcher Review of Educational Research Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics Review of Research in Education 20 Education Administrator Blogs You Should Start Following Right Now It’s not easy being a school administrator. As leader of your school or department, it may be difficult to find peers you can confide in, discuss challenges or get insights. That’s why it’s great to tap into the opinions, knowledge and research of education administrator blogs. Most of these blogs are written for and by administrators, and can open up a conversation and help you connect with others who, like you, work to provide the best educational opportunities for your students. Image via Flickr by Christian Schnettelker Here’s our list of the 20 great blogs to check out, and what makes them intriguing: Connected Principals –this collection of contributions from school administrators who want to share knowledge, learn together and lead effectively. Edublog lists its top education websites and blogs in its Edublog awards. This variety of blogs from experts representing all aspects of education gives school administrators a wealth of information to build upon.

Why Twitter Matters: Tomorrow’s Knowledge Network Image via CrunchBase Twitter still comes in for high-blown denunciations from Great Persons who have never used it. But I ventured to suggest the other day (in a tweet, of course) that it is now an open question whether anyone can be a paid-up member of the commentariat in 2011 without a Twitter handle. Because while it is presently used for a score of different purposes (from chat-chat among friends to crass marketing efforts to smart customer service to newsgathering that beats any other source) at its core it offers two interlocking experiences which deliver value so great it is hard to measure. First is, as it were, research. Second, Twitter as cocktail party. 24/7. What to make of this? The remarkable power of what I am terming “mutual curation.” Why does this matter quite so much? Follow my tweets, if you like, at @nigelcameron. Like this: Like Loading...

How to help principals do a better job? Train their bosses OAKLAND, Calif. — It was almost the end of first period at Bret Harte Middle School when the five superintendents descended on math class. Dressed in suits and armed with pens, notebooks, and laptops, the superintendents had one specific goal as they fanned out across the classroom, interacting with students: to look for evidence that a geometry lesson was aligned to the new state math standards. “You’re all working together?” one superintendent asked a group. “This was the warm up?” “What’s the learning objective today?” They examined work and eavesdropped on kids, then filed out to huddle in an empty hallway, where it was their turn to answer some questions. “Alright. “My group told me they were ‘flipping shapes around and seeing what we get,’” one superintendent responded. “They got the concept,” said another. It’s rare for school district big wigs to spend time in a classroom. The job of a principal has changed dramatically in the last decade, and principals are feeling the stress.

Educational Research eJournal Educational Research eJournal is an electronic journal about research and experiences in all areas and levels of education. The Journal features empirical research, theoretical and conceptual analysis. The Journal welcomes contributions to enhance the exchange of diverse approaches and information among educators and researchers around the world. Educational Research eJournal is a multidisciplinary journal, committed to no single approach, discipline, methodology or paradigm. Published by: University of Alicante Volume Number: 2 Frequency (2013): 2 issues per year (January, July) DOI: 10.5838/erej Announcements This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

A PLN Quick Start Guide Updated 4/17/13The concept of a PLN has been around for a very long time. PLN's back in the day consisted of individuals with the same professional interests engaging in mostly face to face communication. Fast forward a good amount of years and enter the internet. Image Credit Most educators I talk to have no idea where to begin when attempting to create a PLN that meets their teaching and learning needs. For more information on PLN's check out this fantastic video!

How Language Shapes Your Organization - Kevin Allen by Kevin Allen | 7:00 AM July 24, 2012 Cultural permission is the tone, attitude and language that emanates from the executive suite. It is a mantra, expressed in oft-used catch phrases and philosophies that move like waves through the organization. They get adopted and interpreted as actions to be followed. As a former New Yorker, now a London resident, it has been nearly impossible to avoid the drama of News Corporation’s phone hacking scandal, which has shuttered a more than 100-year-old newspaper and, even as of this writing, has executives and politicians alike running for cover. The real drama however, unfolded not when the leaders of the company claimed, perhaps accurately, that they were unaware of and shocked by the actions of errant employees hacking phones, manipulating markets and cooking the books. Take Enron, for example. The Power of the Spoken Word One of my greatest mentors said to me upon being awarded my first real management role, “Well kid, welcome to the club.

How Leadership Training for All School Staff Helps Students Excel | MindShift | KQED News The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System in Tennessee was facing a common challenge in education — lots of its best people were retiring and there weren’t enough qualified people in the district to fill the leadership positions opening up. This practical challenge prompted the district to look inward and take steps to develop existing talent with an eye to the future. What started as a desperate need became a concerted emphasis on increasing leadership capacity at all levels of the district and has led to remarkable growth in student achievement by extension. “We’ve tried to establish opportunities for people to gain knowledge of leadership, no matter where they are in the organization,” said Dr. B.J. “When we first started balanced leadership, there was this idea that leadership responsibilities were on the instructional side,” said Dr. Clarkesville-Montgomery’s focus on leadership is an attempt at change from the inside out. The same goes for leadership at every level.