Educational Leadership of K-12 Public Schools and School Districts

Lessons for New Educational Leaders

I am often asked the questions "Can leaders be made or are they born?" This is a central theme that has spurred discussions, indeed arguments, among leadership experts always.

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How Will Performance Pay Impact School Climate? It Depends on Leadership.

There is considerable discussion on performance pay for teachers given that it is a cornerstone of the Obama administration's education policy. Arne Duncan has spent considerable time discussing the issue to reporters and in public forums. The NEA has weighed in on its resistance to the notion. But the administration has remained steadfast: performance pay will be part of the renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) regardless of the new name.

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School Turnaround: Does it take an outsider?

Educational LeadershipSchool turnaround experts in educational leadership are becoming ever more popular in certain parts of the country. A recent NPR report on the use of Turnaround for Children in the Bronx provides an interesting overview on the situation creating this need as well as some insight into their approach.

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Top 3 School Culture Killers

Climate and culture within a school is often underrated as a cause of failure among our schools. Indeed most leaders -- and students of education leadership -- spend far more time focused on instructional related matters, educational leadership issues, personnel issues, bus schedules and even lunch duty. While these are all important aspects of running a school, many leaders spend little time truly understanding and actively managing school culture.

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Do we listen to teachers?

School Leadership and Education LeadershipI was speaking with the superintendent of a mid-sized district in the Midwest this week. He is an old friend and someone I regard as an expert in education leadership and school leadership.  We had not had a chance to connect in some time. He was updating me on developments with a school administrator in his districts and we were sharing thoughts on all manner of tangentially related topics.

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Principal Interview: Sheri Marcotte of Chapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center

School Leadership and Education LeadershipChapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center is a middle school on the west side of Indianapolis that was in need of a new school administrator. MSD of Wayne Township Superintendent Dr. Terry Thompson has overseen an impressive series of building initiatives which, most recently, included rebuilding the school into a state-of-the-art facility.

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The Good News and Bad News about Arizona Schools

The Good News and Bad News about Arizona Schools

The school year has officially begun across Arizona and the rest of the country. Discussion topics have shifted from vacations and summer camp to homework, school leadership and new teachers. Parents (and most likely your school administrator) have suddenly found new enthusiasm for carefully comparing notes on everything from math curriculum to testing policies. Parents agonize at length about whether their child's teacher is the best match to the needs of their children. No detail regarding the school, teacher or curriculum is left unanalyzed.

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Best Practices in Education Leadership

We are looking for participants in our Best Practices in Education panel!  Each month we will, with your help, explore a new topic relating to schools and education in America. 

This is a new research method for us this year.  We hope to, with your help, gain a better understanding of best practices in education related to leadership, instructional practices, and a host of other topics. 

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360 Degree Feedback

360 Degree Feedback

Three-hundred and sixty degree feedback -- also known as multi-rater feedback -- is an excellent diagnostic and development tool for education leadership development with public schools and school districts. Not only do those who are new to educational leadership develop a more comprehensive and accurate self-image, the school leadership framework we utilize helps them develop a much deeper understanding of the commitments of leadership.

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