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Insights & ideas for K-12 education leaders.

5 Examples of Outstanding District Marketing

When you invest in your district’s brand and marketing strategy, everyone benefits. It becomes easier to attract more students and talented teachers, improve community engagement and maintain an excellent reputation. If you need a few ideas for marketing your own organization, take a look at what these five diverse districts are doing to build up their brand and achieve their goals.  
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Our Winter Break Reading List

Books to get you through the long, dark nights.

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, tomorrow we’ll see the least amount of daylight all year. Here, just outside of Philadelphia, the sun will say goodnight at 4:40 pm. But while it’s easy to tire of the early darkness and frigid temperatures, these are also the perfect conditions for cracking a good book. After all, winter break is just days away. We asked education leaders what they’ve been reading lately. Here are some of their recommendations, both new and old, of books that are helpful, thought-provoking, challenging and inspiring.  
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The Experts Are in the Room

Frontline Research & Learning Institute’s first installment of a new report series, Bridging the Gap, analyzes anonymized data from Frontline Professional Growth in light of the Every Student Succeeds Act’s definition of effective professional development.   
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Time to Re-Develop Professional Development

It’s no secret that professional learning is crucial to improving teaching practice. So why isn’t educator satisfaction with PD higher than it is?   Dr. Steven Ross writes from the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, highlighting a recent report from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute that examines the state of professional learning today.  
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Buckle Up: FLSA Lawsuits Looming over School Districts

With the expanded overtime regulations on hold, you may think your school system has been granted a reprieve. In that case, you’re only half right. Whether the overtime regulations are passed, blocked or modified, the renewed focus on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) could pose issues — in more ways than one. 
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To All Working in Special Education: Thank You

Across our nation, unsung heroes of our children patiently educate, care for and respect thousands of students with special needs. These Special Educators are far more than meets the eye. They educate children with the highest needs, often putting in hours far beyond the regular school day to plan and execute lessons with modifications to meet individual student needs and abilities.  
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Setting the Table for Success

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year — especially if it’s for the first time — you might be a little nervous. Maybe you’re running through disaster scenarios in your mind: what if the turkey is too dry? What if Aunt Jen forgets to bring her famous mashed potatoes?  
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Video for Self-Reflection and Peer Feedback: First Steps

Helping teachers get past the discomfort of recording their lessons on video.

1998 was my first summer away from home. Backpacking through Europe was a bit out of reach, so instead I found myself working as a camp counselor. It had everything you’d expect: campfires, massive games of Capture the Flag, goofy songs, lots of laughter.  
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Quiz: Are you teacher shortage savvy?

The teacher shortage isn’t a new problem. But over the past year and a half, the situation has ramped up drastically, leading to more research on the state (and future) of teacher shortages. Now, a lot of information has come out around teacher shortages over the past few months, including our own updated survey and report.
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