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The Learning Commons: A 21st Century Research and Technology Center

6 December 2018

I can admit it now; I was probably the wrong man for the job. As building principal, I knew that we needed to redesign and reinvent the space we called our library media center. We had a pretty obvious problem in there—students and teachers were not really using it. This large space situated in the […]

Using Hashtags to Carry Out Your Vision, Values, and Goals

5 December 2018

As social media emerged as a mainstream communication device for school leaders years ago, so evolved the use of the hashtag. Back in 2012 when I first was dabbling with Twitter, Patrick Larkin, one of our first digital principals, used the simple hashtag #bhschat to keep a running dialogue with his high school students, staff, […]

Be Your Best for Others by Taking Care of Your Own Wellness

4 December 2018

December can be a hard month for educators. The excitement of the new school year has faded, the end of the semester looms ahead, the holidays add extra stress, and the busy pace of school can get in the way of taking care of oneself. Education is a profession that demands putting others first, often […]

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Evaluating and Supporting New Principals

December 12, 2018 3:30–4:00 pm ET

A team of school leaders from Gwinnet County Public Schools in Georgia shared how their district builds the capacity of new principals and describe how to coach, guide, and address their needs. Key takeaways include developing a theory of action; using tools that help calibrate supervision and evaluation; and building a community of practice.

New Developments in Transgender Access and Student Privacy Issues

January 9, 2019 3:30–4:00 pm ET

When transgender students have requested to use restrooms that align with their gender identity, it has sometimes created controversies in schools. While some school districts have permitted transgender students to use these restrooms without incident, other districts have strongly opposed such policies.  For example, school officials have denied requests by arguing that these policies violate […]

Crowdfunding in K–12 Education

January 23, 2019 3:30–4:00 pm ET

The webinar will cover crowdfunding in K–12 education with an emphasis on the web platform, which has raised over $750 million for public school classrooms. For almost 20 years, has been where educators can safely access materials and resources to support students. School leaders will also hear about case studies from school leader/district […]

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