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Insights & ideas for K-12 education leaders.

Why District Leaders Should Ignore Data – and Focus on Analytics

“The idea that ‘data is king’ still has merit. The difference between now and ten years ago, however, is that there is no shortage of data. The challenge now is to mine the information to find relationships that will help school districts improve.”  
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Instant Poll: Does Your Professional Learning Promote a Growth Mindset?

Since Carol Dweck’s groundbreaking book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success was published in 2006, the idea of a growth mindset has taken off in the education world. And no wonder — the concept has enormous implications for learning — for recognizing opportunities to grow in failure as well as in success.  
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The Top 5 Reasons for the Teacher Shortage

America is approaching a crisis point regarding the number of available teachers. Low-income schools are seeing increasingly high turnover rates for their educators, and fewer young graduates are entering the teaching force in the first place.  
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Let Your HR Mission Drive Your Vision

If somebody asked about the role of HR in your district, what would you say? Would you describe what you do, or why you do it? If you wanted to say what you do, you might tell them a version of the mission statement posted on the HR page of your district website.  That probably looks something like this: The mission of the human resources department is to recruit, retain and support the most highly qualified employees.  
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School Psychologists, Juggling & Systems-Level Change

First, the juggling: when I was in high school, I discovered that my very talented younger sister had learned to juggle. I immediately believed that if she could do it, well, of course so could I. So, I embarked on a tortured process of self-instruction (conducted in an era before YouTube) marked by numerous setbacks that at last culminated in the modest accomplishment of being able to keep 3 balls in the air for a reasonable span of time.
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Q&A: Supporting Teachers in Professional Learning

Teacher engagement in professional learning is a topic we’ve talked about a fair amount at Frontline Education. How can school systems increase that engagement? And what does it look like to put teachers in control of their own PD? Providing relevant, just-in-time PD opportunities is part of the answer — and online professional development course libraries can provide a wealth of on-demand learning for teachers. But the district’s role doesn’t stop there. Studies have shown that ongoing district support is vital if such a program will be successful.  
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Scary Stories to Read in the Office

Spooky things can happen in the office. Your stapler mysteriously disappears into the ether, your lunch vanishes from the fridge — and your colleagues swear it wasn’t them. Or maybe the lights in the old building flicker on and off, on and off — mostly when you’re working alone at night. Needless to say, these ghostly hauntings can be even scarier than a full inbox after a week-long vacation. And in the spirit of the season, we’ve compiled three chilling tales of terror. Read on — at your own peril.  
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Podcast: Deep Dive into the Special Education Teacher Shortage

Special education in the U.S. is experiencing a severe teacher shortage. It’s serious enough that some districts and schools are looking outside of the U.S. to recruit specialized teacher candidates.   
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5 Reasons Teachers Love Competency-based Learning & Micro-credentials

Schools and districts across the country are turning to competency-based learning, using tools like micro-credentials for teacher development. As opposed to traditional workshops, micro-credentials allow learners to gain and demonstrate mastery of skills incrementally. They’re changing the way educators think about professional development, and recent research indicates that teachers love them.  
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