Student Centered: March 2019

School leaders struggle with leading successful turnaround efforts in difficult schools in both the rural and urban South. Often, these rural and urban schools are haunted by societal problems that negatively impact the culture and undermine the learning environment. Early in my career, I witnessed myriad leadership models—some were good, some were bad. Once I […]

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Testing Accommodations for Students With Disabilities

The parents of a 10th-grade student contact your school’s Section 504 coordinator seeking extra time for their student to take the SAT. As the basis, they report that their child is taking a prescription medication, Ritalin, before and after school for ADHD. This situation is neither new nor uncommon. Variations may include the ACT rather […]

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Student Centered: February 2019

Seventy years ago, Vladimir Nabokov put pen to paper to share his vision of what a good reader possesses: “imagination, memory, a dictionary, and some artistic sense.” That vision holds true for those who are able to read for pleasure, but what about those with reading difficulties? The reality is that in almost every middle […]

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Creating a School for All Students: Our Story of Inclusion

There are no restaurants, banks, grocery stores, or other everyday establishments or public places specifically for people with special needs, different education levels, or specific skin tones. Thankfully those places are there for everyone’s use. Shouldn’t students be educated the same way, with all their peers, as much as possible? That would be a great […]

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NASSP and HRC Lead School Inclusion Efforts for LGBTQ Students

NASSP and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) have partnered to highlight the important role that principals have in striving for educational equity, with a focus on safety and inclusion for LGBTQ students. The need for culturally responsive practices that promote each student’s academic well-being is especially critical in this politically charged time. HRC’s 2018 LGBTQ […]

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Undocumented Students

To help school leaders comply with federal and state immigration laws and ensure that the undocumented students they serve have access to the same supports and educational opportunities as all students. Although it is difficult to get an accurate picture of the immigrant population in the United States, researchers estimate that 1.09 million undocumented children […]

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Student Profiling

As a result of the tragic shootings of recent years, many schools and communities have turned to student profiling in an effort to identify, at an early stage, those students who are most likely to initiate such violent acts. Profiling attempts to identify students likely to be violent based on traits, characteristics, and/or behavior (e.g., […]

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Activity 5: Sharing Student Information

Activity Guide As an educational leader, you realize how important effective communication is to crafting and maintaining a safe and secure school environment. This activity will give you and your staff an opportunity to read and evaluate a summative research report on a school response after a traumatic event has occurred. Use the findings and […]

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Are Your Students Digitally Literate?

During the buildup to last year’s election, the concepts of “fake news” and media literacy were everywhere. Educators wrestled with ways to teach students how to interpret the mass of information and to develop the critical-thinking skills required to winnow out the truth from the false, misleading, inaccurate, or satirical stories online. How do we […]

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