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Building Relationships Between Students and Administrators

10 December 2019

Many articles have been written about the importance of building relationships with students in the classroom, but what about us? How do we, as administrators, build relationships with students when we do not have them in class every day? It can be a little more challenging, but with some creativity, we can forge positive relationships just […]

Helping Students Affected by Trauma During the Holidays

5 December 2019

For most of us, thinking about the fall and winter months conjures up happy memories—hayrides, big family dinners, and presents galore. However, the holiday season can be difficult for our students affected by trauma. Often students affected by trauma do not have fond memories of these times.  Whether they recall arguing among family members, tragedy […]

Dirty Hands, Engaged Minds: Passion-Forward Project-Based Learning With ‘Intensives’

4 December 2019

At the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, we have made innovation a part of our model. As a grade 6–12 all-girls public school in New York City, we pride ourselves on leading the way for the next generation of leaders with real-world learning, in real time, with real experts. For two weeks, our regular […]

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Building Ranks™: Educational Leadership in Practice

School leaders are faced with increasingly complex requirements to meet the needs of each child and adult in their learning communities. Building Ranks™ supports school leaders by defining the “what” and “why” of effective school leadership. Based on two critical domains, Building Culture and Leading Learning, the framework targets 15 leadership dimensions. Grounded in best practices and proven research, Building Ranks is aligned with the NPBEA’s PSEL and NELP standards and serves as the framework on educational leadership.

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Upcoming Events

Intensifying Learning: PASSION-FORWARD PBL

December 11, 2019 ET

About the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria Location: Astoria, NY Setting: Urban Lunches: 47% free and reduced Grades: 6–12 Size: 600 students, 40 teachers Read the Blog Dirty Hands, Engaged Minds: Passion-Forward Project-Based Learning with “Intensives” Live Virtual Tour Watch Now Twitter Chat December 15, 2019, 9:00 p.m. (ET), #PrinLeaderChat

The Challenges and Successes of Principal Recruitment and Retention

December 18, 2019 3:00–4:00 pm ET

Recruiting and retaining highly effective principals is an ever-growing challenge facing U.S. education. Districts search intently to find individuals and provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to lead successful schools, providing a superior education for students. Join this enlightening webinar and hear thoughts from elementary, middle level, and secondary principals as well as […]

New Financial Transparency Requirements for Schools: What ESSA requires and what school leaders need to know about per-pupil expenditure

January 14, 2020 2:00–3:00 pm ET

As part of the changes under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states are now required to break down spending of local, state, and federal education dollars for each school and calculate a per-pupil expenditure (PPE). This is a change from previous requirements when hard numbers were only reported at the district level and averages were […]

Human Capital Management: Sowing Seeds of Potential at a Massachusetts High School

January 15, 2020 ET

About Joseph Case High School Location: Joseph Case High SchoolSetting: SuburbanLunches: 16.6% free and reducedGrades: 9–12Size: 535 students, 55 teachers Read the Blog Coming soon. Live Virtual Tour Twitter Chat January 19, 2020, 9:00 p.m. (ET), #PrinLeaderChat

NHStv: Students Lead the Way in Communitywide Broadcasting

February 12, 2020 ET

About Northwest High School Location: Fort Worth, TXSetting: Suburban/Rural30% economically disadvantagedGrades: 9–12Size: 1,900 students, 200 teachers Read the Blog Coming soon. Live Virtual Tour Twitter Chat February 16, 2020, 9:00 p.m. (ET), #PrinLeaderChat

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