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People with difficult or annoying traits are everywhere. But the stakes are high in education: Managing – or even just working with – difficult people can drain even the most positive educators and take focus away from a school’s mission. Veteran school administrators and leadership consultants Diane Watkins and Stephanie...
Stephanie Johnson and Diane Watkins have a combined seven decades of experience as teachers, principals and school administrators, where they learned to deal with many difficult personalities at all levels. Dr. Johnson (below), an assistant professor of education at Virginia’s Hampton University, and Ms. Watkins (at right), director of assessment...
Americans don’t agree on the purpose of public education, but they like their local schools, especially when they believe educators listen to their concerns. The Bush-Obama era of nationalist education policy essentially ended with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Public education is a state function, and the...
September 8 is International Literacy Day, and 2016 marks the the 50 th anniversary of an event designed to promote reading and literacy in U.S. communities and worldwide, and celebrate the work of educators and literacy specialists. As part of the events, the International Literacy Association is promoting a service...
This fall, 50.4 million students will attend more than 98,000 public elementary and secondary schools, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, which each year releases the latest data on public and private schools in the U.S. In recent years, the number of students has...
If all goes well, about this time next year the new ESSA roll out in your state will be beginning. It will reflect your local input to your state’s plan and process. Your staff will be on board as they are fully aware of the new approach and have been...
Should public schools’ primary purpose be to prepare students for work and careers, instill citizenship, or teach higher-level academics? The answer, according to the 2016 Phi Delta Kappa poll on education, is that Americans don’t have a consensus. More precisely, the more than 1,200 respondents surveyed split over the question:...
Professional learning is extremely important to student learning, and for students to succeed, schools must invest in the adults who teach them. Learning Forward focuses on professional learning as a vehicle for school improvement, and its Deputy Executive Director Frederick Brown brought examples of principals' strategies to help teachers guide...
Using technology in meaningful ways is as essential to today’s teaching and learning as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Stakeholders from around Baltimore County understood this urgency and prioritized graduating every student globally competitive in our Blueprint 2.0 strategic plan. Our theory of action leverages technology in two ways—through equitable access...
LFA’s member organizations and partners have many examples of schools that have adopted innovative practices or have taken risks that have paid off in their students’ academic achievement. As we head back to school, here are five of our favorite success stories from 2016 that we hope will give inspiration...