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It’s Not About You! Keeping Perspective During Difficult Conversations

14 February 2019

A day in the life of a principal can be fraught with difficult discussions that require a careful approach. You have likely found yourself in a conversation which caused you to feel anxious, stressed, or even angry. Although these emotions are natural, they can limit your ability to see problems clearly and prevent your openness […]

Truancy Task Force: Don’t Fight Attendance Problems Alone

12 February 2019

At Lakeland Union High School, our absenteeism rates used to be substantially higher than state averages. Year after year, someone—usually an assistant principal or dean of students—was always working hard on addressing our truancy cases. Despite our efforts, nothing we did dramatically affected the number of students habitually missing school. To break this cyclical pattern, […]

Become the School’s Head Coach by Fostering Teacher Leadership

7 February 2019

As a former coach, the value of team and usage of each person’s strengths has always been etched in the forefront of my thinking and planning. Now as a school leader, this same concept has been a driving force in my thought process. My field is my school, and my team is my teachers. Instead […]

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Innovating for More Equitable Assessment

February 20, 2019 3:30–4:00 pm ET

Approved by the U.S. Department of Education last summer, the Louisiana Innovative Assessment pilot will deliver a new model of English language arts and social studies assessment that yields instructionally relevant insights on student learning throughout the year. NWEA, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education and others, is developing this new research-backed approach […]

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