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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

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.

34112dd06a982954b4056276bc402a08 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...

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!

ASCD 2013 Professional Development Planner As educators gear up to return to school in the fall, ASCD has compiled a collection of hard-hitting resources to enable educators to implement innovative teaching and learning strategies for the 2013–14 school year. We’ve prepared a professional development planner for your use with our 2013 Summer Catalog. Follow the steps and choose your resources to develop your personally differentiated PD plan. Browse our online store today.

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.

Dr. Brad Gustafson | Educational Speaker & Consultant How To Coach Through The Stages of Learning Infographic Other Infographics One of the roles of a coach is to be a guide and a support while the coachee is developing a new skill or learning a new concept. But often times, coachees are blind to the need for development and learning. The coach must then initiate a discussion with the coachee to help them understand that a need or development opportunity exists. This effort begins the first of the four stages of learning, based on elements of the Johari Window, where a coach supports the coachee throughout the process of progressing from incompetence to competence in a skill or concept. Determine where the person is in the learning processCoach the person according to the place in the learning processReevaluate where the person is in the learning process and continue to coach them towards unconcious competence Via: Embed This Education Infographic on your Site or Blog!

9 Suggestions for the Welcome Back to School letter from the Principal “Although it was a bit too long, I really appreciated your letter this summer,” is something I have heard many times in the past 15 years. Like many of you, I write a “welcome back to school” letter to parents every summer, and I think it is a very valuable practice—but be sure to make the most of it. Last summer I happened to post my letter to my blog, something I wasn’t sure was worth doing because it tends to be mostly “inside-baseball,” material primarily pertinent just to my own immediate constituents. To my surprise, it generated quite a bit of traffic, all of it from web searches for various variants on the term “welcome back to school letter.” What I have learned from my search engine traffic is that the welcome back to school letter is something about which every summer hundreds or perhaps thousands of school-leaders go to the internet to seek advice. Accordingly, I thought I’d share a few thoughts for my principal colleagues about writing these important missives. 1. 2. 3. 4.