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Insights & ideas for K-12 education leaders.

New Role to Support School Principals Being Piloted in D.C.

Certainly, we'd all benefit from a few more hours in the work week to get things accomplished — but it's easy to see how the daily hustle and bustle of running a school (otherwise known as logistics and operations management) could consume most of the day for principals and assistant principals. Potentially, school logistics management could eat up all of the hours in the work day of a K-12 principal, leaving less time to monitor the quality of instruction and learning.  
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The Hidden (Practical) Value in End-of-Year Special Education Data

What if you could use current special programs data to solve student coverage and caseload management issues, before they become problems — without working 80 hours a week?
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Tell the Right Story: How Does the Student’s Disability Affect Involvement and Progress in the General Education Curriculum?

Present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP) must include a statement on “how the disability affects the child’s involvement and progress in the general education curriculum.” I think of this section as providing the rationale for all subsequent decisions on what special education, related services and supplemental aids and services the student requires. Pretty important!
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Better Teaching Through Evaluations

Does your district hone teaching practice through evaluation-informed professional learning?

The whirlwind 18 months since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law have brought no small amount of buzz. Much of it concerns teacher evaluations — specifically because with ESSA, the federal government handed a fair amount of power back to the states in determining how to conduct them.  
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Students vs. Staff: Who’s Absent More?

We know that learning suffers when students or their teachers are absent. Yet the focus is often only on student attendance — especially daily attendance rates, which can affect school funding. But as it turns out, teachers may have higher chronic absenteeism rates than the students they teach.  
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Recruiting Where the Candidates Are: How (and Where) Teachers Find Jobs

Graduation season is coming to a close, and the next generation of teachers will be entering the teaching workforce before we know it. For those with a classroom waiting for them in a few short months, the fun is only just beginning. Others might be spending the summer still searching for job postings — are they finding yours?  
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The Three E’s of ESSA

Last month we released the first episode of “What you need to know about ESSA,” a four-part podcast series dedicated to helping school and district leaders implement the Every Student Succeeds Act to maximize the opportunity to customize their efforts to meet their own students’ needs.  
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How to Create Strengths-based IEPs

If asked, special educators can describe their students’ strengths, as well as their needs. But when asked to self-assess IEPs they’ve written, they often find far more information about students’ weaknesses than strengths.  
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Paid Sick Leave for California Substitutes

While some jurisdictions have not yet adopted paid sick leave laws for part-time workers, the number that have has steadily risen over the last few years.  
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